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OTRC: Michael Jackson's brothers revive Jackson 5 songs for tour

This June 12, 2012 file photo shows, from left, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson and Jermaine Jackson during a rehearsal in Burbank, Calif. Nearly three years after Michael Jackson died while staging his comeback, four of his brothers - Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie - are preparing for their own return to the stage. (Todd Williamson / Invision)

Nearly three years after Michael Jackson's death, his brothers Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine are returning to stage as The Jacksons.

The four brothers, who performed with Michael Jackson in The Jackson 5, will perform some of the groups hits on their "Unity" tour on June 20, five days before the anniversary of their brother's death on June 25, 2009.

"For me, this cycle that comes around every year - this day, that day - that doesn't affect me because it affects me every day," Marlon told the Associated Press. "When that day comes around, it's the same. You learn to live with it. I still wake up sometimes and go, 'Jeez. I can't believe my brother's not here.'"

After Michael's death, from an overdose of anesthetic propofol, the Jackson brothers appeared on an A&E reality series entitled, "The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty," which followed the family as they dealt with their loss and their attempt to stage a comeback before his death.

The stage show will include a tribute to Michael, featuring a slideshow and a medley of songs that will conclude with "Gone Too Soon."

"The brothers don't know this, but I've broken down several times and cried during rehearsals," Jermaine told the Associated Press during a recent rehearsal break on a soundstage in Burbank, Calif. "I'm so used to Michael being on the right and then Marlon, Jackie, on and on. It's just something we never get used to."

The tour kicks off in Ontario Canada and will end on July 29 in Snoqualmie, Washington. Along the way, the four brothers will perform in Detroit's Fox Theatre, Los Angeles' Greek Theatre and Harlem's Apollo Theatre.

The Jackson 5 rose to fame with songs like "ABC," "I Want You Back" and "This Place Hotel." The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

The "Unity" tour marks the first time the Jackson brothers have toured together since their 1984 "Victory" tour. They also performed together at several engagements, including last year's "Michael Forever" tribute concert in Wales.

Jackson struggled from insomnia, which eventually led him to use the drug which eventually killed him - propofol. His doctor, Conrad Murray, who prescribed the drug along with several other benzodiazepines, was sentenced to four years in jail in November after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Do you think that The Jacksons will succeed without Michael Jackson? Watch the groups' interview with the Associated Press and vote in our poll below.


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