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Jackie Jackson: We work it out

Jackie Jackson has admitted working with his brothers isn't always easy - but they try to be diplomatic in their band.

The 63-year-old singer has been in a band with his brothers - originally The Jackson 5 - since 1965. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon are still recording and touring together - and are performing at the glamorous Henley Festival on Saturday July 12.

Jackie said of touring and working with his brothers: "With a corporation or a business, everybody's going to have their own opinion about things, but what you do is you work things out, and that's what it's all about.

"Whether it's a family or a corporation, people are going to have their opinions and they'll voice those opinions, but sometimes the majority wins and we work it out, and that's how we do it."

As part of their current live show, the band perform with a hologram of their late brother Michael.

Jackie said: "Michael's no longer with us, but he's always with us in spirit.

"There's a lot of emotion, because there's a segment in our show where we honour him as our brother, and we show pictures of us on stage when we were young, and there's some parts of the show when people cry a little bit because Michael's no longer with us. But there's parts in that same segment where the music is upbeat and people are up and they're dancing.

"Other than that it's being older and still doing what we did a long time ago. We haven't lost a step, we're still doing our thing, and people are really enjoying it."

Jackie also confirmed that The Jacksons hope to feature on the next posthumous album to be released by the Michael Jackson estate.

He revealed: "We would love to be a part of that. There's more unreleased material coming out soon."

:: Tickets for the Henley Festival are available from www.henley-festival.co.uk.

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