By all accounts Joe Jackson's 76th birthday bash, in Berlin last Friday, was not a resounding success.
Son Michael did not turn up, instead guests were treated to video clips of him.
Nobody danced and the fans were quiet; in fact the venue appeared to be half empty.
Michael Jackson is reported to be recovering from the trial at a resort in Dubai.
In a pathetic twist, a Michael Jackson double wished Joe "Happy Birthday" from the stage.
Joe Jackson summed it by saying
"The show must go on".