After nearly three decades of wanting them back, the Jacksons are returning. The remaining members of the Jackson 5 have announced the dates of a U.S. summer trek called the Unity Tour 2012.
Beginning June 18 in Louisville, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson will tour together for the first time since 1984, when the Jacksons were supporting their “Victory” album. According to a press release, the Unity Tour will showcase the Jacksons’ classic hits like “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There,” as well as honor the legacy of Michael Jackson, who died in 2009.
“I am so happy and excited to perform again onstage with my brothers,” says Jermaine Jackson in a statement. “I can’t wait to sing all the songs that were so much a part of all of our lives. We are ready and committed to keep the family’s legacy alive and perform once again with the highest level of excellence, creativity, and most of all, integrity.”
The Jacksons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and in January, Michael Jackson’s handprints and footprints were immortalized during a ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” tribute show is currently housed at Madison Square Garden in New York, and continues across North America through August.
The first tickets go on sale on Friday (April 6), with more dates forthcoming.
Here are the dates for the Jacksons’ Unity Tour 2012:
June 18: Louisville, KY (Palace Theatre)
June 19: Cincinnati, OH (PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center)
June 20: Rama, ON (Casino Rama)
June 22: Merrillville, IN (Star Plaza Theatre)
June 23: Detroit, MI (Fox Theatre)
June 24: Kettering, OH (Fraze Pavilion)
June 26: Cleveland, OH (Jacob’s Pavilion)
June 28: New York, NY (Apollo)
June 29: Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata)
June 30: Englewood, NJ (Bergen PAC)
July 1: Baltimore, MD (Lyric Opera House)
July 3: Washington, DC (DAR Constitution Hall)
July 6: Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Amphitheatre)
July 7: Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre)
July 8: Atlanta, GA (Chastain Park)
July 10: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
July 11: St. Louis, MO (Fox Theatre)
July 13: Dallas, TX (Verizon Theatre)
July 14: Houston, TX (Bayou Music Theatre (Verizon Theatre))
July 17: Albuquerque, NM (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
July 18: Phoenix, AZ (Dodge (Comerica Theater))
July 20: Las Vegas, NV (The Cannery)
July 21: San Diego, CA (Harrah’s Rincon)
July 22: Los Angeles, CA (The Greek)
July 27: Saratoga, CA (The Mountain Winery)
July 28: Lincoln City, OR (Chinook Winds Casino)
July 29: Snoqualmie, WA (Snoqualmie Casino)