Michael Jackson History World Tour

General Information
The HIStory World Tour was the third and final world concert tour by Michael Jackson as a solo artist, covering Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Hawaii from September 7, 1996 to October 15, 1997. The tour, which grossed a total of $163.5 million, included a total of 82 concerts attended by 4,500,000 fans.
Prior to the tour, Michael performed a free concert at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei on 16 July, 1996, attended by 60,000 throughout the park. The concert was in celebration of the 50th birthday of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei and was attended by the Brunei royal family, though the Sultan himself did not attend.
Much of the concert resembled Michael’s Dangerous World Tour, including his outfit and the set list, keeping the details of the upcoming HIStory Tour a close secret. The concert also marked the debut live performance of “You Are Not Alone” and “Earth Song” as well as the last performances of “Jam”, “Human Nature”, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “She’s out of My Life” at a Michael concert. This concert also marked the last performance of “Billie Jean” and one of the last performances of “Beat It” sung fully live. Although “Heal the World” was present on the setlists of both the Dangerous and HIStory Tours, it was not on the setlist of the Royal Concert.
Unlike Michael’s past two solo world tours, the HIStory Tour would not be sponsored by Pepsi-Cola.
The birth of Kingdom International, a joint venture between Michael and HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the nephew of the Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, the King of Saudi Arabia from 1982 to 2005, was announced at a press conference held at the Palais des Congres in Paris, France on 19 March, 1995. Kingdom International allowed opportunities to be created and developed in the entertainment industry. In this conference Michael said “Kingdom International is a dream come true.” It was then announced that Michael would embark on his third solo world tour.
Performers
Lead performer, Vocals, Dance, Choreographer
Michael Jackson
Dancers First Leg
LaVelle Smith, Shawnette Heard, Damon Navandi, Courtney Miller, Anthony Talauega, Richmond Talauega, Loru Werner, Jason Yribar
Dancers Second Leg
LaVelle Smith, Cristan Judd, Stacy Walker, Anthony Talauega, Richmond Talauega, Faune Chambers
Band members
Music Director: Brad Buxer (1st. leg) (Greg Philinganes) (2nd. leg)
Assistant Musical Director: Kevin Dorsey
Keyboards: Brad Buxer, Isaiah Sanders (1st. Leg was replaced by Greg Philinganes on 2nd. leg)
Drums: Jonathan Moffett (1st. Leg) Ricky Lawson (2nd. Leg)
Lead Guitar: Jennifer Batten
Rhythm Guitar: David Williams
Bass: Freddie Washington (1st.leg) Don Boyette (2nd. leg)
Vocal Director: Kevin Dorsey
Vocals: Kevin Dorsey, Darryl Phinnessee, Dorian Holley, Fred White (second leg), Marva Hicks (only in first leg and early second leg)
Touring Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and United States
Michael started the tour off with a concert at Letna Park in Prague with a 125,000 strong attendance, one of Michael’s largest single attended concerts in his career. On January 3 and 4th 1997 Michael only performed two concerts in America. He did not perform in the USA mainland, but rather in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Aloha Stadium to a crowd of 35,000 each.
The second leg started off on May 31, 1997 at the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany. Set list changes included the addition of Blood on the Dance Floor and later on the removal of the Off the Wall Medley and The Way You Make Me Feel. It was only during the first concert in Bremen that Michael donned a red jacket for Blood on The Dance Floor, which was later replaced with a blue uniform. Blood on the Dance Floor was taken off the set list after the concert in Oslo, Norway on August 19, 1997. On August 29, 1997 Michael performed at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on his 39th birthday with 50,000 fans. He was presented with a surprise birthday cake, marching band, and fireworks on stage before the Jackson 5 Medley. A concert was supposed to take place on August 7 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but was cancelled due to poor ticket sales, the only concert that was cancelled during the tour. The concert at Hippodrome Wellington of Oostende, Belgium was supposed to be held on August 31, 1997, but was postponed to September 3 following Diana’s death. During the September 3 concert audiences were required to be put into “cages.” Starting with this concert, several of the final concerts had begun with the instrumental of Charlie Chaplin’s Smile being played.
Setlist
“Gates of Kiev” Computer Animation Introduction
“Scream” / “They Don’t Care About Us” / “In the Closet”
“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”
“Stranger in Moscow”
“Smooth Criminal”
“The Wind” Video Interlude
“You Are Not Alone”
“The Way You Make Me Feel” (September 7, 1996 to June 15, 1997)
Jackson 5 Medley: “I Want You Back” / “The Love You Save”
Jackson 5 Medley: “I’ll Be There”
Off the Wall Medley: “Rock with You” / “Off the Wall” / “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (Only on certain concerts, last performed on June 10, 1997)
“Remember the Time” Video Montage Interlude
“Billie Jean”
“Thriller”
“Beat It”
“Come Together” / “D.S.” (Only on certain concerts from September 7, 1996 to November 11, 1996)
“Blood on the Dance Floor” (May 31, 1997 to August 19, 1997)
Black or White “Panther” Video Interlude
“Dangerous”
“Black or White”
“Earth Song”
“We Are the World” Video Interlude
“Heal the World”
“HIStory”
Televised Concerts
All concerts were professionally filmed by Nocturne Productions, Inc. which filmed all of Michael’s tours and private affairs. Just one concert, from Seoul on October 11, 1996 was commercially released on VHS in Korea. The DVD release of the Munich concerts held on July 4 and 6, 1997 planned for Christmas but was subsequently cancelled as Michael was not satisfied with the performance.
A number of full, or near-full concerts were broadcast on television. Small parts of other certain concerts (typically the opening medley of Scream/They Don’t Care About Us/In the Closet) were also shown on news reports around the world.
Full or near-full concerts broadcasted or commercially released:

  • 14/09/1996 Lia Manoliu Stadium – Bucharest, Romania



  • 11/10/1996 Olympic Stadium – Seoul, South Korea
    commercially released on VHS in Korea



  • 27/10/1996 Merdeka Stadium – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    televised by ntv7



  • 09/11/1996 Ericsson Stadium – Auckland, New Zealand



  • 16/11/1996 Sydney Cricket Ground – Sydney, Australia
    only a few songs were broadcast on Nine Network



  • 08/12/1996 Asiaworld City – Parañaque City Philippines
    televised by ABC-5 and GMA Network



  • 31/12/1996 Jerudong Park Amphitheatre – Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
    illegal high-quality VHS and poor VCD copies obtained by collectors



  • 04 & 06/07/1997 Olympic Stadium – Munich Germany
    televised extensively in many different countries



  • 14/08/1997 Parken Stadium – Copenhagen, Denmark
    televised by TV1000 and Channel 3



  • 16/08/1997 Ullevi Stadium – Gothenburg, Sweden
    televised by TV1000 and Channel 3



  • 24/08/1997 Olympic Stadium – Helsinki, Finland
    televised by TV1000


  • Tour Schedule
    First Leg
    Date, City, Venue, Attendance
    September 7, 1996 Prague, Czech Republic Letna Park 127,000
    September 10, 1996 Budapest, Hungary Népstadion 60,000
    September 14, 1996 Bucharest, Romania Lia Manoliu Stadium 70,000
    September 17, 1996 Moscow, Russia Dynamo Stadium 50,000
    September 20, 1996 Warsaw, Poland Bemowo Airport 120,000
    September 24, 1996 Zaragoza, Spain La Romareda Stadium 45,000
    September 28, 1996 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA 50,000
    September 30, 1996 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA 50,000
    October 2, 1996 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA 50,000
    October 7, 1996 Tunis, Tunisia El Menzah Stadium 90,000
    October 11, 1996 Seoul, South Korea Olympic Stadium 50,000
    October 13, 1996 Seoul, South Korea Olympic Stadium 50,000
    October 18, 1996 Taipei, Taiwan Chungshan Soccer Stadium 40,000
    October 20, 1996 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Tsoying Naval Airfield 30,000
    October 22, 1996 Taipei, Taiwan Chungshan Soccer Stadium 40,000
    October 25, 1996 Singapore National Stadium 35,000
    October 27, 1996 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Merdeka Stadium 40,000
    October 29, 1996 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Merdeka Stadium 40,000
    November 1, 1996 Mumbai, India Andheri Sports Complex 60,000
    November 5, 1996 Bangkok, Thailand IMPACT Muang Thong Thani 40,000
    November 9, 1996 Auckland, New Zealand Ericsson Stadium 43,000
    November 11, 1996 Auckland, New Zealand Ericsson Stadium 43,000
    November 14, 1996 Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 40,000
    November 16, 1996 Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 40,000
    November 19, 1996 Brisbane, Australia ANZ Stadium 40,000
    November 22, 1996 Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 65,000
    November 24, 1996 Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 65,000
    November 26, 1996 Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 30,000
    November 30, 1996 Perth, Australia Burswood Dome 20,000
    December 2, 1996 Perth, Australia Burswood Dome 20,000
    December 4, 1996 Perth, Australia Burswood Dome 20,000
    December 8, 1996 Paranaque, Metro Manila Asia World City 55,000
    December 10, 1996 Paranaque, Metro Manila Asia World City 90,000
    December 12, 1996 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Dome 45,000
    December 15, 1996 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Dome 45,000
    December 17, 1996 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Dome 45,000
    December 20, 1996 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Dome 45,000
    December 26, 1996 Fukuoka, Japan Fukuoka Dome 40,000
    December 28, 1996 Fukuoka, Japan Fukuoka Dome 40,000
    December 31, 1996 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Jerudong Park Amphitheatre 60,000
    January 3, 1997 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Aloha Stadium 35,000
    January 4, 1997 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Aloha Stadium 35,000
    Second Leg
    Date, City, Venue, Attendance
    May 31, 1997 Bremen, Germany Weserstadion 35,000
    June 3, 1997 Cologne, Germany Müngersdorfer Stadion 60,000
    June 6, 1997 Bremen, Germany Weserstadion 35,000
    June 8, 1997 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA 50,000
    June 10, 1997 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA 50,000
    June 13, 1997 Kiel, Germany Nordmarksportfield 55,000
    June 15, 1997 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Parkstadion 50,000
    June 18, 1997 Milan, Italy San Siro 45,000
    June 20, 1997 Lausanne, Switzerland La Pontaise Olympic Stadium 35,000
    June 22, 1997 Bettembourg, Luxembourg Krakelshaff 45,000
    June 25, 1997 Lyon, France Stade de Gerland 25,000
    June 27, 1997 Paris, France Parc des Princes 50,000
    June 29, 1997 Paris, France Parc des Princes 45,000
    July 2, 1997 Vienna, Austria Ernst Happel Stadium 50,000
    July 4, 1997 Munich, Germany Olympic Stadium 70,000
    July 6, 1997 Munich, Germany Olympic Stadium 70,000
    July 9, 1997 Sheffield, United Kingdom Don Valley Stadium 45,000
    July 12, 1997 London, United Kingdom Wembley Stadium 72,000
    July 15, 1997 London, United Kingdom Wembley Stadium 72,000
    July 17, 1997 London, United Kingdom Wembley Stadium 72,000
    July 19, 1997 Dublin, Ireland Royal Dublin Society 40,000
    July 25, 1997 Basel, Switzerland St. Jakob Park 55,000
    July 27, 1997 Nice, France Stade Charles-Ehrmann 35,000
    August 1, 1997 Berlin, Germany Olympic Stadium 88,000
    August 3, 1997 Leipzig, Germany Festwiese 60,000
    August 10, 1997 Hockenheim, Germany Hockenheimring 85,000
    August 14, 1997 Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Stadium 45,000
    August 16, 1997 Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi 50,000
    August 19, 1997 Oslo, Norway Valle Hovin 34,000
    August 22, 1997 Tallinn, Estonia Song Festival Grounds 75,000
    August 24, 1997 Helsinki, Finland Olympic Stadium 50,000
    August 26, 1997 Helsinki, Finland Olympic Stadium 50,000
    August 29, 1997 Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Stadium 45,000
    September 3, 1997 Ostend, Belgium Hippodrome Wellington 55,000
    September 6, 1997 Valladolid, Spain José Zorrilla Stadium 45,000
    October 4, 1997 Cape Town, South Africa Greenpoint Stadium 35,000
    October 6, 1997 Cape Town, South Africa Greenpoint Stadium 35,000
    October 10, 1997 Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg Stadium 57,000
    October 12, 1997 Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg Stadium 57,000
    October 15, 1997 Durban, South Africa Kings Park Stadium 50,000
    Credits
    Executive Director: MJJ Productions
    Artistic Director: Michael Jackson
    Assistant Director: Peggy Holmes
    Choreographed by: Michael Jackson & LaVelle Smith
    Staged & Designed by: Kenny Ortega
    Set Designed by: Michael Cotton & John McGraw
    Lightning Designer: Peter Morse
    Director of Security: Bill Bray
    Costumes Designed by: Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush
    Hair & Make-up: Karen Faye
    Stylist: Tommy Simms
    Artist Manager: Tarak Ben Amar
    Personal Management: Gallin Morey Associates

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