Concert Review: The Jacksons Unity Tour 2012

Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine Jackson do their thing in Merrillville, Ind.

Sometimes you just have to go for what you know!

Jackie, Marlon, Tito and Jermaine Jackson proved just that, when they rocked Merrillville, Indiana’s Star Plaza Theatre with a blinged-out, sweat-pumping stage show that made it impossible for even the men in the audience to stay in their seats and away from the stage.

From the first booming bars of “Can You Feel It” to the funky last notes of “Shake Your Body Down (to the Ground)” the Jacksons’ performance was exactly what their family’s brand promises: lots of class, elegant  flash, phenomenal vocals and choreography that make you want to dance.

The June 24 concert was the group’s first performance on the 27-city, cross country Jacksons Unity 2012 Tour.  This marks the first time the brothers have toured together since their 1984 “Victory” concert series ended.  Plans to stage this reunion tour were in the works years ago, as documented in the 2009 A&E miniseries “The Jacksons A Family Dynasty.” However, the brothers opted to put things on hold following the June 2009 death of their brother, Michael Jackson – the undisputed King of Pop.

And to all those skeptics who believed the Jacksons’ dreams of renewed success died when their superstar brother passed away… nothing could be further from the truth.

The Jackson brothers are back!

Yes, Michael was noticeably absent from the stage. But his spirit was in the house and came to life in glimpses through his brothers. Jermaine took on most of Michael’s singing parts, reminding us all why he was the group’s first lead singer and a chart-topping solo artist in his own right. (His rendition of “Push Me Away” was scream-worthy and his emotional performance of “Do What You Do” brought back flashbacks of the video.)

Meanwhile, Marlon, aka “Dancing Machine,”  hit several of the high notes and put his own spin on a few of Michael’s trademark moves, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Tito held his own on the guitar and Jackie belted out clear-toned vocals as the group paid tribute to their brother through songs made popular during their Jackson 5 days, their time at Epic Records and throughout Michael’s solo career.

With an awesome track record and 40 years of show business experience, why should we expect anything less?

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