Jane stevenson of the torontoson was there at the kick off and here are excepts of the review
aside from a few technical difficulties and the occasional pitch problem, The Jacksons 2012 Unity Tour – their first since 1984’s Victory Tour – launched at Casino Rama on Wednesday night with better than expected results and without the lightning in the bottle that was Michael Jackson.
After a false start opening with a soundless video montage of The Jackson 5 as it used to be with little bro Michael (who was a major presence through the night via stills and video and an actual tribute segment) – the four remaining Jackson brothers kicked off their 95-minute show with Can You Feel It.
Backed by nine musicians – Jackie, 61, Tito, 58, Jermaine, 57, and Marlon, 55 – were otherwise front and centre, busting some familiar dance moves through early songs Blame It On The Boogie and Rock With You before sitting on stools and chatting to each other in a more slowed down second quarter.
They sat down and spoke about how they got this tour together
“How you feeling?” said Marlon, who shared lead vocals with Jackie and Jermaine (the strongest voice of the bunch) and Tito, the latter who also played guitar.
Judging from the crowd who quickly gathered at the front of the stage, the audience of 4,500 (just shy of a sell-out), was feeling good.
Marlon explained how he got the far-flung brothers back together, saying Tito was into building cars at the time.
“Marlon, I was building my third son when you called me