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Jackson family's touring tribute

Members of Michael Jackson's family are to team up with producer David Gest in a touring tribute to the late superstar.

The singer's brother Tito and sister Rebbie will play a series of dates in the UK and Europe next year.

The tour announcement comes ahead of next month's Michael Forever concert in Cardiff which will feature Christina Aguilera, although it has not been universally backed by Jackson's family.

Gest said his A Jackson Named Michael: Remembering A Legend shows would take the form of a spoken word event - with memories and stories about the singer who died in 2009 - with the addition of music.

The tour, which features singer and Jackson family friend Deniece Williams, will also include a Q&A session with the audience.

Gest said: "The majority of the show will be reminiscences and stories about Michael that the public has never heard."

The shows will launch in March 2012 and Gest has also produced a new documentary, Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon, to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 31.

Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray goes on trial this month charged with the involuntary manslaughter of the singer.

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