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

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.

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  • Lovingmichael2306

    How could the brothers pull off a concert without Michael? After all, Michael is, was, and will always be the world’s greatest entertainer. I decided to give it a try and bought tickets to the Merrillville, Indiana show. Located just miles from the 2300 Jackson Street childhood home of the Jacksons, I thought this would be the perfect venue. 

    Somehow the brothers managed to pull off the impossible…touring without our beloved Michael. Yes, he is sorely missed and always will be but let’s move forward. Many of the J5 songs were rearranged because of Michael’s absence; however, the arrangements suited Jermaine, Marlon, Tito, and Jackie. 

    The brothers received ovation after ovation from the audience who showed appreciation for raw talent by a deafening almost non-stop applause. It was LIVE, yes LIVE! No auto-tuned wanna be singers here! No voice over sound tracks. For you haters out there, yes there were some slight technical problems such as a mic that wasn’t working. However, the passion, love, and joy that radiated from the brothers far surpassed any minor technical mishaps. 

    The brothers looked great. They were in-shape and very energetic both vocally and physically. Even in their late 50s, the brothers looked hot! There was dancing and posing that only the J5 (-1) can do. 

    They did what I thought would be impossible. I miss the music and artistry of Michael but the brothers performed an exhilarating show that included an awesome tribute to their late brother, Michael.

    I thoroughly loved the concert and I was so excited to see the Jacksons on stage once again. Five stars out of five stars!

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