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'Goin' Back to Indiana:' Fans pack Market Square Arena to see The Jacksons in concert

Posted at 5:30 AM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 05:30:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been 40 years since the Jackson brothers made their triumphant return to Indianapolis.

The Gary, Ind. natives performed inside a packed Market Square Arena on October 19, 1979.

The performance was part of the band’s Destiny World Tour, which began in Jan. 1979 and spanned three continents.

Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut marked their return by proclaiming it Jackson Day.

Former RTV6 reporter Derrik Thomas spoke with the band before the show.

Thomas: “How’s it feel to be back in Indiana?”

Michael Jackson: “It’s wonderful. This is our home.”

Thomas: “What do you like best about it?”

Jackson: “The people and the fact that it’s our home and we’re doing a concert and making people happy.”

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