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Jackson family stalwart Phoenix fears Michael Jackson's upcoming 50th birthday will be a quiet affair - because pop's first family can't sche- dule a big celebration with the reclusive pop superstar.
The former family publicist-turned-biographer Phoenix is constantly in touch with siblings Jermaine and Tito and their mother Kathe- rine and reveals they're desperately trying to plan a family reunion to mark Michael's 50th birthday today.
Phoenix, who now fronts Jackson 5 tribute band The Dancing Machine Revue, says: "I spoke to Tito two weeks ago and he said the family wants to spend time with Michael but, because of Michael's schedule, it looks unlikely. They're trying to get everyone's schedules to fit so they can all have a celebration with Michael.
"They're not big on birthdays but this would be a big family thing. It's a historical moment for the family. They can't believe that their little brother is turning 50."
But Phoenix is sure that reclusive Michael will be planning something special for his fans.
"He will acknowledge the fans. If nothing else, he'll send out a press release thanking fans all around the world for supporting him on his birthday. And there will be an address where fans can send gifts and presents and letters directly to Michael. That's important to him." - Wenn