Michael Jackson has been touring most of his life: First with The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons, and later as a solo artist, with each tour breaking previous records. His first tour took place in 1970 with The Jackson 5 and his last world tour ended 27 years later, in 1997. The above pages contain detailed information on Michael’s tours and special concerts.
Michael, together with other artists from around the globe performed two charity benifit concerts in June of 1999. Together these concerts raised millions of dollars for three charities; The Red Cross, UNESCO, and The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Both concerts were televised, and the final concert was aired globally over the internet!
The Korean concert was played at the Chamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul, Korea to an audience of 54,000 people.
June 25, 1999 – Seoul, Korea.
The HIStory World Tour
September 7, 1996 – October 15, 1997
The HIStory World Tour began in Prague, Czech Republic on September 7, 1996 and ended in Durban, South Africa on October 15, 1997.
At the conclusion of the tour, Michael performed in 82 concerts to a total of over 4.5 million fans in 58 cities, 35 countries, and 5 continents, with an average concert attendance of 54,878. Complete information about the HIStory Tour, including concert dates, attendance and sales breaking records, can be found in the HIStory World Tour section.
June 27, 1992 – November 11, 1993
The Dangerous World Tour began at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany on June 27, 1992 and concluded in Mexico City, Mexico on November 11, 1993. The second half of the Dangerous World Tour began in August 1993 – on a four-and-a-half-month trek that took him through Asia, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and South America. During the tour, Michael Jackson performed 69 concerts, to approximately 3.5 million people. Michael cancelled the remainder of his tour due to illness.
Michael donated all his proceeds from the Dangerous tour to the “Heal The World Foundation” and to other charities.
The concert in Bucharest was televised on HBO (Home Box Office – a US cable TV station), earning the highest audience ever on any cable network and winning a Cable Ace Award.
It was an ambitious undertaking – a multi-million dollar production taken into difficult and often technically inept countries. Staging generally took the best part of three days to erect and cargo planes flew 20 truckloads of equipment into each country.
King of Pop Michael Jackson dies at 50The Dangerous Wold Tour was considered groundbreaking, a signal to the music industry that Asia is fast becoming a lucrative market for record sales. Jackson, the first major superstar to tour the area, was seen as a test case. Piracy in Thailand was running at close to 98 % – while legitimate sales of ‘Dangerous’ amounted to only 30,000 copies, pirate copies were estimated at 800,000. A clamp-down on piracy prior to the tour saw legitimate sales rise to 120,000. The Thai Minister of Commerce made a statement that with Michael Jackson’s visit, the war on piracy had begun.
Japan: Michael Jackson performed 8 sold out concerts in Japan, to a total audience of 360,000.
Mexico City: Mexico City was the last stop of the Dangerous Tour. Michael Jackson performed 5 sold out concerts to a total audience of at least 500,000 people.
September 12, 1987 – January 27, 1989
The Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson’s first solo tour, began in Tokyo, Japan on September 12, 1987, and concluded in Los Angeles, USA on January 27, 1989.
During the 16-month-long tour, Michael performed 123 concerts in 15 countries, to 4.4 million people. The tour grossed over US$ 125 million.
In a month-long tour of Japan, Michael performed to a total of 450,000 people at 14 sold out concerts and 3 cities.
The Bad Tour became the largest and highest grossing concert tour ever.
Michael Jackson set a new record for playing more dates at London’s Wembly Stadium than any other artist, with 7 sold out shows and a total attendance of 504,000 people. This achievement gained an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Victory Tour
July 6 – December 9, 1984
The Victory Tour would be Michael Jackson’s last tour as the lead singer of The Jacksons. All of his future tours would be as a solo artist.
The tour began on July 6, 1984, and ended with 6 shows at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium on December 9, 1984 – criss-crossing the US and Canada. Over 2 million people came to see The Jacksons during the55 concert, 5 month tour, which grossed a record US$75 million.
Michael donated all of his proceeds – nearly US$5 million – to charities (T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research, The United Negro College Fund, and the Ronald McDonald Camp for Good Times).
During the last concert, Michael said, “This is our last and final show. It’s been a long 20 years, and we love you all.”
The Triumph Tour
The 39 city tour of U.S. began in Memphis, Tennessee, and concluded in Los Angeles with a record breaking 4 sold out concerts there.
Rolling Stone magazine cited the Triumph Tour as one of the “greatest live performances of the 70’s and 80’s.”
The Destiny World Tour began in New Orleans, Louisiana and stopped in 80 U.S. cities.
Some of the concert dates were listed in a cover-story on The Jacksons, published in the April 13, 1979 issue of “Black Radio”.
Other Tours of The Jacksons
January 1979 – The Jacksons did a world tour to promote their latest album “Destiny”. The tour started in Bremen/Germany and took them for example to France, Holland, Switzerland, Kenya, a 13-day tour of GB and the USA. Several concerts had to be cancelled due to Michael catching a flu.
January 1978 – The Jacksons toured USA and Europe.
May 1977 – The Jacksons toured in Europe for 2.5 weeks – including GB, France, Germany and Holland. During their concerts in GB they also did a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II.
The Jackson 5 Tours
March 1973 – February 1975
During their world tour The Jackson 5 performed in concerts all around the world, criss-crossing the globe – starting with concerts in the USA, and continuing to Japan and 26 more USA cities, Hawaii, Africa, USA again, South America, Far East (including Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines among others), back to USA, West Indies, USA, and the United Kingdom.
Their schedule was so packed, there were periods of time during which they performed every single day, and between the tour stops, they also took time to perform live on several television variety shows.
During this time, Michael Jackson was 15-16 years old. When looking at this grueling schedule, one is reminded of Michael’s composition “Childhood” – in the song, he asks us “…have you seen my childhood?” Yes, Michael, indeed we have.
The Jackson 5 Europe Tour
The Jackson 5 began their first-ever 12-day Europe tour. As they arrived to Heathrow airport in London, the scenes were reminiscent of Beatlemania. They broke the Liverpool Empire attendance records, previously held by the Beatles.
The Jackson 5 US Tours
Late 1971 – The Jackson 5 toured the USA, performing in 50 cities.
Summer 1971 – The Jackson 5 embarked on their 2nd tour, playing 40 dates in US cities, including Philadelphia, New York, and Milwaukee.
The Jackson 5 First National Tour
The Jackson 5 began their first-ever tour on Oct. 9, 1970. The tour stopped in multiple US states and cities, including Boston, Cincinnati, and New York City. They broke attendance records at several stops.