Destiny World Tour

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Destiny World Tour
World tour by The Jacksons
Location Europe, Africa, North America.
Associated album Destiny & Off the Wall (*)
Start date January 22, 1979
End date September 26, 1980
Legs 3
Shows

30 in Europe
12 in Africa
79 in North America
circa 121 played

(*) Only in the second and third leg of the tour
The Jacksons concert chronology
The Jackson 5 Second National Tour
(1971)
Destiny World Tour
(1979-80)
Triumph Tour
(1981)

The Destiny Tour was the debut concert tour by The Jacksons to promote the group's Destiny album. The tour began on January 22, 1979 with their opening concert in Bremen, Germany. They visited 3 continents and 9 countries, playing 79 concerts in the United States alone.

Overview[edit]

The tour began on January 22, 1979 in Bremen, Germany shortly after the release of the platinum-certified Destiny album the previous December. The tour visited three continents including concerts in Africa and Europe before taking on a 79-city tour in the United States. The Jacksons took a 4 month break from touring starting June 1979 so lead singer Michael Jackson could finish working on his solo album Off the Wall. The first leg of the tour saw the Jacksons playing moderate sized arenas, such as the Valley Forge Music Fair in Philadelphia which seats 3,000, but after the release of Michael's multi-platinum album Off the Wall the brothers were forced to revamp their show and to start playing higher profile arenas, like the Philadelphia Spectrum which seats 16,000. For the second leg, additional songs were added to the setlist, most notably songs from Michael's album Off the Wall. The opening act in the second leg was L.T.D. The tour grossed an estimated 7.5 million dollars.

Set list[edit]

  • Other songs, such as I Am Love, I Wanna Be Where You Are, Enjoy Yourself and Get It Together were performed in some shows of the second leg.
  • One of the London concerts was filmed by the BBC and the full show is available online.
  • The October 3, 1979 concert in New Orleans was filmed and most of it is available online.
  • A professional audio recording of the February 26, 1979 concert in Amsterdam was released as a bootleg in 1995.
  • Two live versions of "Off the Wall" were released as promo videos in 1979.
  • Part of a Destiny Tour concert at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on November 8, 1979 was filmed and was shown in the 20/20 profile of Michael Jackson which aired on ABC in 1980.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
First leg[1]
Europe
January 22, 1979 Bremen Germany
January 24, 1979
January 26, 1979
January 27, 1979 Frankfurt
January 28, 1979 Madrid Spain
January 29, 1979
January 30, 1979
February 1, 1979 Amsterdam Netherlands
February 2, 1979
February 6, 1979 London United Kingdom
February 7, 1979
February 8, 1979
February 9, 1979
February 10, 1979 Brighton
February 11, 1979 Preston
February 12, 1979 Wakefield
February 13, 1979 Sheffield
February 14, 1979 Geneva Switzerland
February 15, 1979
February 16, 1979 Glasgow United Kingdom Glasgow Apollo
February 17, 1979 Manchester
February 18, 1979
February 19, 1979 Leeds
February 20, 1979
February 23, 1979 London Rainbow Theatre
February 24, 1979
February 25, 1979 Bournemouth
February 26, 1979 Amsterdam Netherlands
February 29, 1979 Avignon France
March 2, 1979 Paris Le Palace
Africa
March 6, 1979 Johannesburg South Africa
March 7, 1979
March 8, 1979
March 9, 1979
March 10, 1979
March 12, 1979 Dakar Senegal
March 13, 1979
March 14, 1979
March 15, 1979
March 19, 1979 Johannesburg South Africa
March 20, 1979
March 21, 1979
North America
April 14, 1979 Cleveland United States
April 15, 1979
April 19, 1979 Valley Forge
April 22, 1979
April 25, 1979 Chicago
April 26, 1979
April 27, 1979
April 29, 1979
May 3, 1979 St. Petersburg
May 6, 1979 Jacksonville
May 10, 1979 Houston
May 12, 1979
May 16, 1979 Birmingham
May 17, 1979 Columbus Municipal Auditorium
May 18, 1979 Nashville
May 19, 1979 Atlanta
May 20, 1979 Memphis
May 24, 1979 Pine Bluff
May 26, 1979 Kansas City
May 27, 1979 Oklahoma City
May 30, 1979 Shreveport
June 1, 1979 Norfolk
June 3, 1979 Columbia
June 8, 1979 Charlotte
June 9, 1979 Bristow Capital Centre
Second leg
North America
October 2, 1979 New Orleans United States Municipal Auditrorium
October 3, 1979
October 4, 1979 Shreveport
October 5, 1979 Mobile
October 6, 1979 Huntsville
October 7, 1979 Louisville Louisville Gardens
October 12, 1979 Philadelphia Spectrum
October 13, 1979 Rochester War Memorial
October 14, 1979 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
October 15, 1979 Saginaw
October 19, 1979 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
October 20, 1979 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
October 21, 1979 Dayton University of Dayton Arena
October 25, 1979 Columbus Ohio Expo Center Coliseum
October 26, 1979 Syracuse
October 27, 1979 Buffalo
October 28, 1979 Springfield
November 1, 1979 Kalamazoo
November 2, 1979 Chicago Chicago Stadium
November 3, 1979 Cleveland Convention Center
November 4, 1979 Detroit Cobo Hall
November 5, 1979
November 6, 1979 Baltimore
November 8, 1979 Richmond
November 9, 1979 Hampton
November 10, 1979
November 11, 1979 Fayetteville
November 14, 1979 Fort Worth
November 15, 1979 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex
November 16, 1979 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
November 17, 1979 Lake Charles
November 20, 1979 Columbus Municipal Auditorium
November 21, 1979 Greenville
November 22, 1979 Savannah
November 23, 1979 Macon
November 24, 1979 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
November 25, 1979 Atlanta The Omni Coliseum
November 29, 1979 Albuquerque
November 30, 1979 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
December 2, 1979 Honolulu Neal Blaisdell Center
December 6, 1979 Portland
December 8, 1979 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
December 9, 1979 Vancouver Canada
December 13, 1979 San Bernardino United States Swing Auditorium
December 14, 1979 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 15, 1979 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
December 16, 1979 Oakland Oakland Coliseum
December 18, 1979 Inglewood The Forum
Third leg
North America
September 5, 1980 Honolulu United States Neal Blaisdell Center
September 17, 1980 Inglewood The Forum
September 18, 1980
September 19, 1980
September 25, 1980
September 26, 1980

Cancellations and postponements[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

First leg

  • Bass: Michael McKinney
  • Additional Guitar: Bud Rizzo
  • Keyboards: James Macfield
  • Drums: Tony Lewis

Second leg

  • Drums: Jonathan Moffett
  • Additional Guitar: Bud Rizzo
  • Bass: Michael McKinney
  • Keyboards: James Macfield
  • Horns: (East Coast Horns): Wesley Phillips, Cloris Grimes, Alan (Funt) Prater, Roderick (Mac) McMorris

References[edit]