Nearly three years after Michael Jackson's death—and 28 years after their last tour—the Jackson Family is hitting the road together again. Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Jermaine Jackson opened the Unity Tour at Casino Rama on June 20 in Orillia, Canada. "There's certain songs that make you feel the sorrow," Tito Jackson told the AP. "Then again, there are other songs that bring so much joy and happiness, such as 'ABC' and 'I Want You Back' and the up-tempo stuff like 'This Place Hotel.' I just imagine how he used to walk and spin and do all these things. You can feel his presence here."
Jermaine's Outfit Homage to the Late MJ
"I've broken down several times and cried during rehearsals," Jermaine Jackson told the AP during a rehearsal in Burbank, CA. "I'm so used to Michael being on the right and then Marlon, Jackie, on and on. It's just something we never get used to."
"We have a certain magic," Jackie Jackson told the AP. "Once we get out here and run it down a couple times, it comes back to you. I'm not [moving] like I used to, but we still got it."
"When that day [the anniversary of Michael's death] comes around, it's the same," Marlon Jackson told the AP. "That doesn't affect me because it affects me every day. You learn to live with it. I still wake up sometimes and go, 'Jeez. I can't believe my brother's not here.'"
The tour includes a performance of "Gone Too Soon" (from MJ's 'Dangerous' album) while a video montage displays pictures of the late King of Pop.
The Jackson 4
In addition to performing Jackson 5 hits like "ABC" and "I'll Be There," the brothers paid tribute to Michael Jackson by covering "Rock With You," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."
Family Dynasty On Tour
The Jackson Family's North American Unity Tour continues through July 29, with additional dates expected to be added later.