Official Statement from ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’ Creator tells a different story
Phoenix is a former public relations and spokesperson for the Jackson family. He also managed Tito Jackson’s blues career.
* EURweb has just learned that The Jacksons‘ 40-date show at the Planet Hollywood’s PH showroom under the ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’ format in Las Vegas, NV has been cancelled. The group’s final show was on Sunday, April 6, according to the official publicist.
This, eight days short of the originally planned end date.
A former Jacksons PR rep, spokesperson and former friend by the name of Phoenix is the bearer of this news. You may remember Phoenix: he authored the book, “Touched by the Jacksons” and later, the press release that told us the brothers’ Unity Tour would never come to pass.
Not ringing a bell yet?
Well how’s this? He’s the guy the Jackson brothers threatened for writing that press release.
Well he’s back with an inside scoop on what he tells EURweb head honcho, Lee Bailey, is the real deal on why The Jacksons Las Vegas show was cancelled, and, well lets just say this, its a different story than the “Official Statement” the show creator sent us.
“I just got a call from one of my sources in Las Vegas, directly from the Planet Hollywood Casino,” Phoenix tells Bailey. “…and I was informed that the Jackson brothers show – series of shows that they had booked there was cancelled…due to poor ticket sales and the actual production of the show was not up to par,” he continues.
“The actual brothers themselves, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Jermaine could not deliver what they used to deliver back in the 70s and 80s when they were in their prime.”
In all fairness, few performers pushing 60 and up, can.
When Lee asks Phoenix if this is his opinion or if it is coming from Planet Hollywood he pretty much said it was “coming from things that I feel, but I heard throughout the conversation when I was speaking with my sources regarding that the Jacksons could not deliver…and the general public just wasn’t buying it.”
Phoenix says that during some of the nights of performance the house was either half or sometimes one-quarter full.
“The buyers knew they were losing money so they could no longer extend that contract on the original agreement that was given to The Jacksons.”
Phoenix claims he predicted this would happen and that the brothers were backed up against the wall to do these shows “because they were no longer riding the gravy train that Michael [Jackson] was providing for them when they were not working as a group or out there in the public.”
Referencing Michael as “the only talented Jackson,” Phoenix is questioned on his thoughts about Janet Jackson‘s abilities.
“As for Janet’s career, she’s what you call a ‘Flip side’ of Michael. Which is a copycat of Michael…But Janet has her own talent, I won’t say she’s not talented, but she will never be what Michael was. Not by a long shot.”
Phoenix goes on to tell Bailey that the Jackson brothers were “whipped into what they did” and equates their upbringing in the music business to a form of “slavery.”
“I don’t mean to speak very vulgar and sound negative, its just that they were slaves when Joe Jackson had them when they were growing up. And they were forced and whipped into that when they did not truly have that in their blood,” Phoenix continues emphatically.
Meanwhile, when we contacted the PR people for the show and asked if it was true that The Jacksons show had been cancelled due to poor ticket sales, they said it is true that the show was cancelled but that it was a “mutual decision” between The Jacksons and the show creators based on the fact that The Jacksons were sharing room space with the Meatloaf show. When Meatloaf left, another group was supposed to take his place. That group did not come on board leaving The Jacksons with little alternative but to cancel the remaining shows.
The Jacksons alternated times with Meat Loaf, who performed at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Feb. 13 to April 8. The Jacksons performances were set for 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through April 27; with single performance days on Tuesdays for Meat Loaf and Sundays for The Jacksons.
An official statement from Adam Steck, the creator and producer of RockTellz & CockTails reads,
“The Jacksons will be ending their run in RockTellz and CockTails at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino a bit earlier than expected,” said Steck, who is also CEO of SPI Entertainment. “The act they thought would share the room with them post-Meat Loaf unfortunately couldn’t make the dates work.”
So yes, on the one hand, some of what Phoenix says is true. Obviously, The Jackson’s could not fill the PH showroom at Planet Hollywood. But then again, looking at the official statement,
They never expected to.