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It's a celebration, not a eulogy

The Jackson brothers concert will celebrate Michael's life and his music, among their own songs. -TNP

Mon, Nov 05, 2012
The New Paper

When the four remaining Jackson brothers roll into town in December for their Unity tour, will it be a big cry-fest for Michael?

Not at all, according to Tito Jackson.

Speaking over the phone from his home in Los Angeles last week, Tito, 59, told The New Paper that the concert will be a celebration of his life and his music.

The brothers - Tito, Jackie, 61, Jermaine, 57, and Marlon, 55 - have included a "nice tribute" to the late King of Pop, peppering their set with songs like Rock With You, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and, of course, Gone Too Soon.

"When we start getting into Michael's solo stuff, it's a happy time on stage, but there's also a feeling of sadness," said Tito.

"There is a very strong sense of wishing he could be there as well."

Hits

The Jacksons will be here on Dec 15 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, performing hits from their Jackson 5 era like I Want You Back and ABC, as well as later hits like This Place Hotel.

They will also perform some of Jermaine's hits like Let's Get Serious and Do What You Do.

"We wanted to cover as many songs as possible and take everybody down every lane of The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons and also Michael's career," said Tito.

The more upbeat songs are selected from Michael's large repertoire as the performance is a "celebration" rather than a eulogy, said Tito.

"It's not a sad thing."

It will certainly help fans to remember the music, instead of the nasty recent family drama involving their mother Katherine and Michael's children.

There is a simple reason The Jacksons decided to tour again - the fans want to hear all the old songs.

"They were sending in a lot of requests to tour," said Tito.

"I think it was a good time while we're healthy and still young. That way, we can give a high-energy show and do all the things we want on stage."

That mainly consists of simple dance moves - nothing too flashy like in their 1970s heyday.

What is it like touring with his brothers?

"That's very simple. We're all brothers and we have fun on stage," he said.

"Our mission is to do a great show. When we're off stage, we discuss our show, we eat together, and that's what the road is about.

"We've been doing it so long and the brothers don't all live in the same city. So when we go on tour it's a nice time for us."

As The Jackson 5 was one of the first boy bands ever, we wondered if Tito had any thoughts on newer boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted and what they need to do to have as much staying power as his own group.

"Well, they definitely have a good fan base," he said.

"It's all about the statement they make. If they have a song that can change people's lives, I think they can hold on to their popularity."

He added: "It makes you feel very good and gives a sense of accomplishment to know that you can be a good influence on someone's life, or they play your song at their wedding."

WHAT: The Jacksons Unity Tour 2012
WHEN: 8pm, Saturday, Dec 15
WHERE: Singapore Indoor Stadium
TICKETS: $88, $158, $188, $258, $288 from www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555.


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