SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — The hit 1970s pop band The Jackson 5 will reunite and tour next year, with famous siblings Michael and Janet on board, brother Jermaine Jackson said.

Jackson told Australian Associated Press last week that they have already begun working on the music and logistics for the tour.

“This has been a long time coming for the Jackson family to get back together,” said Jackson, a guest at the Wednesday night launch of a new Australian music channel.

“It is going to be more like a family affair. Janet’s going to open and, of course, the original Jackson 5 … Michael, Randy and the whole family … we’re in the studio, we’re planning on being out there next year,” Jackson said.

It was not immediately possible to reach Jackson for comment Thursday.

The Jackson 5, popular in the 1970s with hits such as “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There,” launched the career of pop idol Michael Jackson. Jermaine Jackson also had a successful solo career, with numerous R&B hits in the 1970s and ’80s and a Grammy nomination.

Photo: The Jackson 5