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Jackson 5 reunion concert doubtful

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Jul 22, 2001 | 9:59am EDT

Michael Jackson's Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years might not include a Jackson 5 reunion after all. Two members, Jermaine and Randie, have dropped out of the reunion show on Friday after complaining of "exorbitant ticket prices" being charged for the event.

According to Reuters, the two brothers wrote an open letter to the media saying that the cost of the ticket will prevent some of their most loyal and true fans from attending the shows. "It is almost embarrassing that no charities have been named to benefit from this most momentous occasion," the letter reads.

Although Jermaine Jackson has not signed a contract to appear in the show, he insists that there is no argument between Michael and any of their family members.

"I am sorry Jermaine has chosen not to participate in this event,'" said World Events LLC president David Gest, the event's producer. He said, however, that the remaining members of the Jackson 5 would unite with Jackson on stage.

In response, Jermaine Jackson's manager, Danny O'Donovan, told The Associated Press that he he hoped all the Jackson 5 members will attend the anniversary special.

Marlon Brando, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, 'N Sync, Quincy Jones and Diana Ross are among the celebrities expected to participate. Tickets for the Sept. 7 and Sept. 10 shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden are reportedly valued at up to $2,500.

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