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Jackson Brothers Visit Gary, Ind. As Concert Tour Begins

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Surviving brothers of Michael Jackson visit Gary, Ind. on Friday June 22, 2012 as they launched a reunion tour. (CBS)

Surviving brothers of Michael Jackson visit Gary, Ind. on Friday June 22, 2012 as they launched a reunion tour. (CBS)

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GARY, Ind. (CBS) –There was a Jackson family reunion in Gary Friday, as brothers of the late superstar Michael Jackson visited the home where they grew up.

The Jackson brothers’ visit came in advance of their Unity Tour kickoff later Friday.

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Relatives, friends and fans braved the heat for a chance to see the famous siblings — Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito – who made their way to the onetime Jackson family home at 2300 Jackson Street.

“It means everything,” Jermaine Jackson told CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez. “This is our home, this is our roots, and this is where we got all our upbringing, our foundation, and our morals and our principles. We owe it to this location right here.”

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who presented a brand new key to the city, said her job doesn’t get better than this.

It’s the first time the four surviving brothers have performed together since their 1984 Victory Tour. They handed out free tickets to Friday’s show at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville.

Michael Jackson died in June 2009 in Los Angeles.

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