The Jacksons have a reputation as the most dysfunctional family in pop, but the name of their outing, The Unity Tour, is nothing cheeky or ironic. Except for a 2001 one-off show at Madison Square Garden, "Unity" is their first since 1989. It's been a rocky road for the brothers: Marlon left the group in 1984, and Jermaine's relationship with Motown Records (he married Motown founder Barry Gordy's daughter) caused plenty of friction with the rest of the family (signed to CBS). But the tour name is fitting.
Backed by an unflappable band (with Tito on lead guitar and Jermaine on bass), the boys (don't expect appearances by Janet or LaToya, also somewhat estranged) still style on the stage with killer costumes and dynamite dance moves while churning out vintage hits such as "I Want You Back," "ABC," "I'll Be There," "Dancing Machine," and more late-period showstoppers including "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)," "Nothin' (That Compares 2 U)," and "This Is It," recorded for the Michael Jackson documentary of the same name. While problems seem to follow the Jackson family everywhere, rest assured, the concert will undoubtedly be a class act. -- Glenn BurnSilver