HIStory World Tour

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HIStory World Tour
Michael Jackson sculpture.jpg
One of many identical statues based on Diana Walczak's original HIStory statue, positioned throughout Europe to promote HIStory.
Tour by Michael Jackson
Associated album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I and Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix
Start date September 7, 1996
End date October 15, 1997
Shows 44 in Europe
19 in Asia
11 in Australasia
6 in Africa
2 in North America
82 played
Box office US $165 million ($242.4 in 2015 dollars)[1]
Michael Jackson concert chronology
Dangerous World Tour
HIStory World Tour
MJ & Friends

The HIStory World Tour was the third and final worldwide solo concert tour by American artist Michael Jackson, covering Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. The tour included a total of 82 concerts and was attended by approximately 4.5 million fans, beating his previous Bad World Tour with 4.4 million. The HIStory World Tour spanned the globe with stops in 58 cities, 35 countries on 5 continents. Unlike the Bad and Dangerous World Tours, the History World Tour has never been released on DVD, despite many fans requesting it. However, there have been several full concerts leaked on the internet.


Royal concert in Brunei[edit]

Prior to the tour, Jackson performed a free concert at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei on 16 July 1996. The concert was in celebration of the fiftieth birthday of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei and was attended by the Brunei royal family.

Much of the concert resembled Jackson's Dangerous World Tour, including his outfit, stage, and the setlist, keeping the details of the upcoming HIStory Tour a close secret. This concert was not part of the Dangerous World Tour nor the HIStory World Tour. The concert also marked debut live performances 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", "She's Out of My Life" and "Man in the Mirror" at a Jackson concert. This concert was also among the last performances of "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" being sung fully live; most subsequent performances have been partially lip-synched.

The full concert was never broadcast on television, but was a rare promotional item in possession of private collectors; a high quality VHS copy was leaked.

The changes[edit]

  • "Carmina Burana" of the "Brace Yourself" introduction was replaced with a similar piece of opera, as it had been in some Dangerous Tour concerts.
  • "Jam" had a shorter ending than usual.
  • "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" was performed with Marva Hicks rather than Siedah Garrett. In the middle of the song, Michael almost sang Marva's part. They sang an extra chorus.
  • "The Way You Make Me Feel" replaces "Workin' Day and Night".
  • "The Way You Make Me Feel" begins with the slow intro from the 1988 Grammys performance, which features the 1st verse, and the main instrumentation skips the 1st verse.
  • "You Are Not Alone" replaces "Will You Be There".
  • "Billie Jean" instrumentation is slower than the Dangerous or Bad World Tours, similar in style to the later HIStory Tour, but sung live. The dance ending has a repeated snare sound like that from "Why You Wanna Trip on Me", similar to the 1995 MTV Awards performance but without the bassline. Future performances of Billie Jean had this snare, but only in the beginning of the dance. Like the Dangerous and Bad Tours, Jackson does not beatbox before singing the final line and throwing the hat.
  • In "Beat It", Michael sang the wrong lyrics in the second verse. Also, he threw his jacket at the end, which he did in HIStory Tour.
  • The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards version of "Dangerous" replaces the 1993 American Music Awards version.
  • Michael wore the golden shin pads in "Black or White" instead of the black ones. It began to be used in this show before HIStory Tour.
  • "Heal the World" wasn't performed, but would be present in the HIStory World Tour.
  • "Man in the Mirror" ended with a curtain call, instead of the Rocket Man finale.
  • "Earth Song" was performed as an encore, and featured live adlibs at the end of the song.
  • Although "Earth Song" is usually performed with the cherrypicker(and it was present in the concert because Jackson performed "Beat It"), he didn't use it in this performance but would use it on the HIStory Tour.
  • The concert included the final live performances by Jackson of "Human Nature", "Jam", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "She's Out of My Life" and "Man in the Mirror". "Human Nature", "Jam", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and "Man in the Mirror" were later rehearsed for the 2009–2010 This Is It concert series, while "She's Out of My Life" was rehearsed for the first of Jackson's 1999 MJ and Friends concerts in Seoul, but later removed from the setlist.

Tour announcement[edit]

Jackson at Perth Airport in 1996.

After the concert in Brunei, the birth of Kingdom International, a joint venture between Jackson 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 1996. Kingdom International allowed opportunities to be created and developed in the entertainment industry. In this conference Jackson said "Kingdom International is a dream come true." It was then announced that Jackson would embark on his third solo world tour. Unlike Jackson's past two, the HIStory World Tour was not sponsored by Pepsi-Cola.

1996 leg[edit]

Jackson started the tour off with a concert at Letna Park in Prague, one of Jackson's largest single attended concerts in his career. On October 7, 1996, he performed for the first time ever in Africa in front of 60,000 fans in Tunis in a solo tour. During the tour's stopover in Sydney, Australia, he married his wife (later ex-wife), Debbie Rowe in a private and impromptu ceremony. He was interviewed by Molly Meldrum In Brisbane. On January 3 and 4, 1997 Jackson only performed two concerts in North 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.

1997 leg[edit]

Jackson performing "Earth Song" in Lausanne.

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". After,It was only during the first concert in Bremen that Jackson 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 on August 19, 1997. Also, Jackson performed at the Parken Stadium 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. Pro footage of this is found in Michael's private home movies. The concert at Hippodrome Wellington of Ostend, Belgium was supposed to be held on August 31, 1997, but was postponed to September 3 following Princess 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 Jackson's cover of Charlie Chaplin's Smile being played back, and an image of Diana on the jumbotron for some parts of the concert.

Set list[edit]


Tour dates[edit]

Date City/Town Country Venue
September 7, 1996 Prague Czech Republic Letna Park
September 10, 1996 Budapest Hungary Népstadion
September 14, 1996 Bucharest Romania Lia Manoliu Stadium
September 17, 1996 Moscow Russia Dynamo Stadium
September 20, 1996 Warsaw Poland Bemowo Airport
September 24, 1996 Zaragoza Spain Estadio La Romareda
September 28, 1996 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Arena
September 30, 1996
October 2, 1996
October 7, 1996 Tunis Tunisia Stade El Menzah
October 11, 1996 Seoul South Korea Olympic Stadium
October 13, 1996
October 18, 1996 Taipei Taiwan Chungshan Soccer Stadium
October 20, 1996 Kaohsiung Chungcheng Stadium
October 22, 1996 Taipei Chungshan Soccer Stadium
October 25, 1996 Singapore Singapore National Stadium
October 27, 1996 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Merdeka Stadium
October 29, 1996
November 1, 1996 Mumbai India Andheri Sports Complex
November 5, 1996 Bangkok Thailand Muang Thong Thani City Center
November 9, 1996 Auckland New Zealand Ericsson Stadium
November 11, 1996
November 14, 1996 Sydney Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
November 16, 1996
November 19, 1996 Brisbane ANZ Stadium
November 22, 1996 Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground
November 24, 1996
November 26, 1996 Adelaide Adelaide Oval
November 30, 1996 Perth Burswood Dome
December 2, 1996
December 4, 1996
December 8, 1996 Manila Philippines Asia World City Concert Grounds
December 10, 1996
December 13, 1996 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome[2][3][4]
December 15, 1996
December 17, 1996
December 20, 1996
December 26, 1996 Fukuoka Fukuoka Dome
December 28, 1996
December 31, 1996 Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei Jerudong Park
January 3, 1997 Honolulu United States Aloha Stadium
January 4, 1997
May 31, 1997 Bremen Germany Weserstadion
June 3, 1997 Cologne Mungersdorfer Stadion
June 6, 1997 Bremen Weserstadion
June 8, 1997 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Arena
June 10, 1997
June 13, 1997 Kiel Germany Nordmarksportfield
June 15, 1997 Gelsenkirchen Parkstadion
June 18, 1997 Milan Italy San Siro
June 20, 1997 Lausanne Switzerland Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
June 22, 1997 Bettembourg Luxembourg Krakelshaff
June 25, 1997 Lyon France Stade de Gerland
June 27, 1997 Paris Parc des Princes
June 29, 1997
July 2, 1997 Vienna Austria Ernst-Happel-Stadion
July 4, 1997 Munich Germany Olympic Stadium
July 6, 1997
July 9, 1997 Sheffield United Kingdom Don Valley Stadium
July 12, 1997 London Wembley Stadium
July 15, 1997
July 17, 1997
July 19, 1997 Dublin Ireland RDS Arena
July 25, 1997 Basel Switzerland St. Jakob Stadium
July 27, 1997 Nice France Stade Charles-Ehrmann
August 1, 1997 Berlin Germany Olympic Stadium
August 3, 1997 Leipzig Festwiese
August 10, 1997 Hockenheim Hockenheimring
August 14, 1997 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
August 16, 1997 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi
August 19, 1997 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin
August 22, 1997 Tallinn Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
August 24, 1997 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium
August 26, 1997
August 29, 1997 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
September 3, 1997 Ostend Belgium Hippodrome Wellington
September 6, 1997 Valladolid Spain Estadio José Zorrilla
October 4, 1997 Cape Town South Africa Greenpoint Stadium
October 6, 1997
October 10, 1997 Johannesburg Johannesburg Stadium
October 12, 1997
October 15, 1997 Durban Kings Park Stadium

Box office score data[5][edit]

Venue City Tickets sold/available Gross revenue
Don Valley Stadium Sheffield 43,031 / 48,000 (90%) $1,991,600
Wembley Stadium London 212,601 / 216,000 (98%) $9,236,683
RDS Arena Dublin 43,261 / 43,261 (100%) $1,740,203
St. Jakob Stadium Basel 50,000 / 50,000 (100%) $2,317,881
Stade Charles-Ehrmann Nice 30,003 / 36,260 (83%) $1,083,898
Olympic Stadium Berlin 78,187 / 78,187 (100%) $2,934,036
Festwiese Leipzig 54,483 / 55,000 (99%) $2,110,035
Hockenheimring Hockenheim 85,000 / 85,000 (100%) $3,261,701
Parken Stadium Copenhagen 97,563 / 97,563 (100%) $5,296,577
Ullevi Stadium Gothenburg 50,000 / 50,000 (100%) $2,202,073
Valle Hovin Oslo 37,904 / 40,000 (95%) $1,646,889
Song Festival Ground Tallinn 75,000 / 75,000 (100%) $2,627,174
Olympic Stadium Helsinki 91,106 / 96,000 (95%) $4,166,735
TOTAL 948,139 / 970,271 (98%) $40,615,485


  • Jackson was the first artist in history to sell out the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. He performed two sold out concerts there on January 3 and 4, 1997.[6]



  • 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
  • Lighting 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


  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ http://legend-of-mwfc.la.coocan.jp/image/his/japan96/tokyodome-front02.jpg
  3. ^ http://legend-of-mwfc.la.coocan.jp/image/his/japan96/tokyodome-front01.jpg
  4. ^ http://legend-of-mwfc.la.coocan.jp/image/his/japan96/ticket-tokyo.jpg
  5. ^ Europe box score data:
  6. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KH0hAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nIoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6129,1155602&dq=michael+jackson+honolulu&hl=en