Aidin Vaziri | The four older Jackson brothers – Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie – spent most of their adult lives shuffling in Michael’s astronomical shadow. On the Unity Tour, which arrives in the Bay Area this week, they finally get to break out. The show, which revisits all phases of their career – from the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons to Jermaine and Michael’s solo hits – gives them the opportunity not only pay to tribute to their late superstar sibling but also to celebrate their own considerable skills. We spoke with Tito Jackson.
Q: How did it feel to go back and play the Apollo last month, where the Jackson 5 won an amateur night in 1967?
A: It was like remembering when all the brothers were young men and working for the same goals and dreams. To accomplish those dreams and go back to the place where we were just starting out was almost like going full circle.
Q: Does it feel the same without Michael?
A: We can feel his presence. He helps us every night. We have so many beautiful memories of being onstage with Michael, and just doing those songs takes us to a different zone. It’s one big party. We feel good up there.
Q: Did you know you could still move like that?
A: Oh, yeah. You never lose it. I have my own band, and I’ve been traveling the world for the past 15 years performing, but it was always a dream of mine to get back with the brothers.