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Jackie Jack­son prom­ises to take you down mem­ory lane when he re­turns to Queens­land. The Jack­sons – broth­ers Jer­maine, Jackie, Tito and Mar­lon – head­line a Mo­town party com­ing to the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion Cen­tre next month.

They’re joined on the bill by a bevy of ’70s hit-mak­ers in­clud­ing Kool and The Gang, Vil­lage Peo­ple, The Pointer Sis­ters and Sis­ter Sledge.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to it. We don’t come there of­ten enough,” said Jackie, the el­dest Jack­son brother.

“We came to Aus­tralia four or five years ago (for The Unity Tour), but then it was the ’70s be­fore that be­cause we didn’t tour for 20-some­thing years.”

Fans can ex­pect to hear The Jack­sons per­form all of their hits in­clud­ing Can You Feel It, Blame It On The Boo­gie, I’ll Be There and ABC.

They also pay tribute to their younger brother Michael, who passed away nearly a decade ago.

“I love to see the fans danc­ing and singing along,” Jackie said.

“We try to cram as many songs as pos­si­ble in an hourand-a-half set. If you left it up to us we’d be on stage for five hours.

“We also show pic­tures on the mon­i­tors of where we came from in In­di­ana and the two-bed­room house we lived in with nine kids.

“We also do a tribute to Michael on stage and you see all the old footage of us.

“Do­ing the tribute to him is very, very emo­tional, and you see the au­di­ence get­ting emo­tional. It’s a great heal­ing for all of us.”

Jackie now fos­ters up-and-com­ing mu­si­cal tal­ent through his record la­bel, Crit­i­cally Amused, in Las Ve­gas.

“I’m very ex­cited about these DJs Gold Lemon­ade. They’re from Paris and they’re com­ing on real strong,” he said.

“Mu­sic has com­pletely changed. It’s not like the old days. It’s about get­ting fol­low­ers on so­cial me­dia and stream­ing. You pretty much have to pro­mote your­self.”

If you browsed his per­sonal play list, then you’d find the 67-year-old is right up to date with the lat­est chart­top­ping artists.

“I like Mi­gos, the rap group. I love Drake, Ed Sheeran and Camila Ca­bello from Fifth Har­mony,” he said. The Jack­sons play the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Jan­uary 15. Tick­ets from $170.30 avail­able at tick­

The Jack­sons will play the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Jan­uary 15.

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