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The Jacksons Unity Tour

Post by WeAreTheWorld. on Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:18 pm

The Jacksons Unity Tour
by Brian Callaghan
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Tuesday Sep 4, 2012

Driving to The Jacksons Unity Tour at the Morongo Casino Resort on Friday night had me filled with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation. Would the Jackson 4 be able to provide an entertaining and non-embarrassing evening without their former lead singer and superstar brother Michael? Was this tour merely a money-grab where minimum effort would be expended? Would the four brothers whose average age is 58 be able to recapture any of the magical moves of their youth?

Two hours later I was delighted to report Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon provided a fun, entertaining and energetic concert that had the audience on its feet for most of the show, reveling in the wonderful Motown songs of their youth.

The show kicked off with "Can You Feel It" and "Blame It on the Boogie," energetic disco era songs that got the crowd on their feet, dancing along. This was followed by "I Wanna Be Where You Are," Michael’s solo hit "Rock with You" and "Show You the Way to Go."

The songs were performed by a seven-piece band and three back-up singers, while the four brothers shared vocal duties, and Tito also played guitar for the duration of the show.

Several times during the night, video clips were shown of the brothers’ earliest days on "The Ed Sullivan Show," with Diana Ross, asleep on tour buses, and performing before enormous audiences on 1984’s Victory Tour. Snippets of their Jackson 5 cartoon series were also included, which many in the audience would have remembered from Saturday mornings long ago.

The brothers performed Michael’s song "Gone Too Soon" as a tribute to their brother, which was accompanied footage and photos of Michael’s career and time with his large family.

Oddly, the group condensed many of its biggest hits: "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "Never Can Say Goodbye" into a single medley, which didn’t seem to last more than six or seven minutes. One would think these songs would have been extended and emphasized as the focal points of the show. "I’ll Be There" got a full treatment though, which was appreciated.

Jermaine, who had a bit of a solo career in the early ’80s, got his time in the spotlight to perform a few of his hits, including "Let’s Get Serious" and "Do What You Do," but the former sounded muddy with too much orchestration for the relatively small space.

The brothers ended with a 20-minute, three-song grand finale, which featured two of Michael’s biggest and most upbeat songs: "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’" and "Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough," and concluded with the Jacksons hit "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)." It was a real crowd pleaser.

The Jacksons put on a very entertaining hour and 40-minute show filled with almost 30 songs. The brothers were fit, their agility impressive and their band quite tight and talented. Obviously the skills they learned at a young age to entertain a crowd are still very much intact.

Were Michael still alive, the Jackson brothers would have had no difficulty filling arenas and even stadia. The Morongo venue was smaller than they are probably used to, but it provided the audience with a wonderfully intimate evening with four very talented men and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members who’ve been keeping crowds entertained for nearly all of the past 45 years.

The Jacksons Unity Tour played on August 31 at Morongo Casino Resort, 49500 Seminole Drive in Cabazon, CA. For info or tickets, visit [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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Re: The Jacksons Unity Tour

Post by MjjPureSoul on Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:10 pm

They are here in the UK at present but finish tomorrow in London. I emailed them a good luck show and typed a good letter to their manager.
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Post by Capricious Anomaly on Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:21 pm

That was a nice thing to do PureSoul! I'm sure they appreciate it Smile

There is a lot of people getting all over Jermaine for dressing exactly like MJ! He needs to stop that IMO. Nobody needs to see that, disrespectful I think.


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Post by ijustcan'tstoplovinguMJ on Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:58 pm

i agree capricious he needs to quit!!!!! IMHO
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Re: The Jacksons Unity Tour

Post by ljmissmj on Wed May 29, 2013 5:12 pm

The Jacksons are coming back to New York.  Westbury, New York July 26th.   Am I going? You betcha.  I saw the Jackson's when the show was pretty new and it was a great show then - it had a few kinks.  But now they've been touring in Europe to great reviews so I know this time their show is polished to perfection.  Plus that Jackie Jackson is one handsome man.. yes, I  know nobody is as gorgeous as our MJ. But that Jackie, not bad on my eyeballs at all Embarassed...hmmmm


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