The Jackson 5, with the notable absence of Michael, announce 2012 tour plans

The Jackson 5, sans Michael, have announced plans to tour. Photo courtesy of the band.
The Jackson 5, sans Michael, have announced plans to tour. Photo courtesy of the band.

Less than a week before the third anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, his four brothers are getting one more chance at a comeback, kicking off a new 16-city tour.

Sans afros, the matching suits and the number from their name, the group is simply returning to the stage as the Jacksons.

Michael Jackson, arguably the most famous member of the original Jackson 5, died on June 25, 2009 from an overdose.

Now well into their late 50s, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie will line up behind the four microphones on stage, still strutting in unison.

Following Michael’s death, the Jacksons appeared in the A&E reality show, “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty” which chronicled the family’s period of mourning and attempt to stage a comeback.

Jermaine told the Associated Press they have wanted to reunite for a while now, but needed time to heal after their brother’s death.

The Jacksons had to rearrange the classic songs they plan to sing on tour to suit their voices now. The brothers also plan to pay tribute to Michael in the show with slideshows and song dedications.

It’s unknown if the group will find success without its most famous counterpart. It’s the brothers’ first time touring together since 1984, when Michael was still alive.

“It’s like riding a bike,” Marlon told the AP. “You never forget, but you do need to tweak a few things.”

The “Unity” tour begins today in Ontario, Canada. –Kelsey Fowler

As many of you may know, some of the show dates for The Jacksons Unity Tour 2012 have been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. This was done in order to ensure The Jacksons are meeting their commitment to bring a high quality show to fans everywhere.

The Jacksons are dedicated to putting on the best possible performance and this updated tour schedule means The Jacksons can put on one of their greatest shows ever. So many of you from across the entire world have offered your words of thanks and support in what has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the upcoming Unity Tour. Thank you.

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Kelsey Fowler is the 2012 Features Intern at The Denver Post, currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.