Off Third Anniversary Of Michael's Death

The remaining Jackson Brothers may not be able bring their King of Pop sibling Michael Jackson back, but they are bringing back their famed sounds from the '70s as The (now) Jackson 4 "Unity" tour kicks off Wednesday.

Jackson 5 tour

For the first time since the 1980s, the Jackson Brothers are together again for the aptly-titled, 16-city "Unity" tour.

The tour showcasing the remaining members of The Jackson 5 — Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie — is kicking off within days of the third anniversary of their legendary brother Michael's death.

Jermaine admitted to the Associated Press that he's broken down "several times" during rehearsals.

"I'm so used to Michael being on the right and then Marlon, Jackie, on and on," he said. "It's just something we never get used to."

It's been more than nearly three decades since their last tour — "Victory." The brothers are older (mid-50s to early 60s, if you can believe it), heavier and wear comfortable track suits instead of powder blue ones.

Some of the songs have also been rearranged, and a tribute to MJ with slideshow to the backdrop of the song, "Gone Too Soon," will also be featured during the concerts.

But Jackie insists there is still that "certain magic."

"Once we get out here and run it down a couple times, it comes back to you," he said. "I'm not (moving) like I used to, but we still got it."

Will the brothers' sans Michael "magic" bring butts to seats?

Of course, there will always be haters throwing a little shade.

The AP reports Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of trade publication Pollstar, doesn't see the brothers on their own having the success of a mega-production/tribute to the King of Pop — along the lines of Circque du Soleil's Vegas show, "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour."

"The Jacksons were really all about Michael," said Bongiovanni. "The Cirque du Soleil show was successful because it was Cirque du Soleil and Michael's music.

"I don't know if that portends much for the remaining brothers and their ability to generate enthusiasm for ticket sales."

Regardless, the brothers' tour aspirations have been simmering for some time and they see even bigger things ahead.

A&E chronicled the super-siblings' plans to stage a comeback and their coping with the loss of their superstar brother for the network's reality TV series, The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.

The baby boomers ultimately hope to take a break from touring to release a new album and then hit the road again.

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Comments on "Remaining Jackson 5 brothers unite for tour"

Leonardo July 14, 2012 | 12:14 AM

REALLY DIFFERENT Michael Jackson was one of the first people to be an aircfan american and appear on MTV or VH1 with Billie Jean Music would be really different no Usher, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown etc. Pop Culture wouldn't be the same . Michael Jackson didn't just influence Pop culture he influenced humanity with Heal the World foundation , and We Are The World USA FOR AFRICA No One will every be the same .. ( R.I.P MJ)

Rossana Goussen June 25, 2012 | 4:22 PM

I do not understand as the Jackson brothers have continued to gig with that came forward. It is true that Michael Jackson is someone very, very special, however, they started together, I explained how it is that followed simultaneously, despite the huge success of our Michael. Also you are our "JACKSON'S FIVE".

Emma June 20, 2012 | 10:29 AM

So many people are still so sad about Michael's death and want to feel connected to him that even though he will be absent from the reuniting of the Jackson 5, people will go just to feel a part of him again. I won't, I think that is ridiculous, but his fans are true to the core.

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