Live at Wembley July 16, 1988

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Live at Wembley July 16, 1988
Video by Michael Jackson
Released September 18, 2012
Recorded September 26, 1987 at Yokohama Stadium
Yokohama, Japan
July 15 & 16, 1988 at Wembley Stadium
London, United Kingdom
Genre Pop, rock, soul
Length 1:58:15
Label Epic, Legacy, Optimum Productions
Michael Jackson chronology
Michael Jackson's Vision
(2010)
Live at Wembley July 16, 1988
(2012)
Bad 25
(2013)

Live at Wembley July 16, 1988 is a live concert DVD by American recording artist Michael Jackson released on September 18, 2012. The DVD was included with the Bad 25 reissue, as well as a stand-alone DVD. This is the third tour by Jackson to be released on a home format (the first two being the first leg performance of the DVD Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour and the VHS HIStory World Tour: Live in Seoul). The recording is a performance of the Bad world tour, performing songs from the album Bad. The music video for the song "Another Part of Me" features footage from other concerts in Wembley as well as Paris.

This particular concert took place on July 16, 1988, at Wembley Stadium in Wembley, London, to a sold-out crowd of 72,000, which included Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales. Jackson originally removed "Dirty Diana" from this night's performance, worried that he would offend Princess Diana or the royal family. However, the princess informed Jackson it was her favorite song. In an interview, Jackson stated that he was unable to put the song into the set, which led some fans to believe "Dirty Diana" was not performed on July 16. However, leaked audio snippets prove that the song was re-added to the setlist.[1][2]

In addition to the full July 16 concert, the DVD also includes "The Way You Make Me Feel", from the previous night on July 15 (the song was not performed on July 16 due to a late start of the show) and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", and "Bad", performed on September 26, 1987, in Yokohama, Japan. The Bad 25 deluxe package also contains a CD of the audio from the July 16 concert as well, with audio edited down to 80 minutes from the original 2 hours.

Audio/Video Controversy[edit]

According to the official Bad 25 statement released by the Estate of Michael Jackson, the video is sourced from Jackson's personal VHS copy of the show, the only known copy in existence. The audio, however, has been sourced by a high-quality multitrack recording, snippets of which have leaked online in mid-2011 to positive fan reception; some of this is from the preceding concert on July 15. Both the July 15 and 16th concerts are the only known multitrack audio recordings of the Bad tour. The July 15 and 16 concerts were also known to have been shot in 35mm film, but it is unknown what has happened to the film reels.

Some fans have taken concern over the video quality of the DVD, after a portion of Jackson's performance of "Bad" from the DVD was shown on ITV. On May 31, 2012, co-heads of Jackson's estate, John McClain and John Branca, released an official statement regarding the quality concerns. It was revealed that, due to poor storage and possible carelessness, dozens of performance masters (including those from Wembley) could not be located, confirming that Jackson's VHS copy is the only known Wembley performance to exist on video. This does not, however, explain the existence of the performance of "The Way You Make Me Feel" from the July 15 concert or the brief footage at the ending of "Billie Jean" from a different unknown concert (which appear to be used for replacing damaged frames). However these may simply be a promotional videos the estate had possession of, as with a performance of "Bad" from another concert at Wembley (which aired at the 1988 MTV Vanguard awards).

McClain and Branca also revealed that multiple U-matic tapes of other performances from the tour did exist, but had been destroyed, and therefore unusable. One of the few usable master recordings the Estate possesses from the Bad tour was the performance in Yokohama, Japan in 1987. However, the Estate opted not to release this, as they considered it to be nothing more than an modified version of the Victory Tour with three extra songs. This concert also aired on Japanese television and good-quality bootleg DVDs exist. As a result the Estate stated that a video enhancement lab was hired to restore the VHS copy of Wembley.

In 2011, an article written by Warren Eagles of the International Colorists Academy confirmed that two of Michael Jackson's Wembley concerts where shot on a mixture of 35mm and 16mm film, Including an extensive behind the scenes documentary:

"The concert was shot on a mixture of 35mm and 16mm film, it seemed at times they were shooting film for fun! The crew filmed 2 nights out of the 5 Wembley stadium gigs, film was also fed from the earlier tour legs in Australia, Japan, and Europe. As an accompanying piece to the concert, an “on the road” documentary was also filmed at the same time. The concert was cut in a 4 machine 1” online edit suit, not offlined. This was before Avid or FCP offline so the alternative would have been a lowband U-Matic or ¾ edit. As soon as the film came in from the lab we would be transferring it, feeding the footage on to two hungry edit suites."

If located, these film reels would make the prospect of a future High Definition release a possibility. On November 22, 2012, Spike Lee's documentary film Bad 25 was broadcast in edited 64 minute form on the ABC Network.

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception on the concert itself has mostly been positive. Chaz Lipp described the concert as "simply incredible from start to finish." There has still been a mixed reaction among some fans with regard to the quality of the video. Some feel that the 35mm and 16mm film elements should have been located before the release was authorized.

Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times criticized the audio mix "It's a solid, if thinly recorded, document that lacks sonic heft. The rhythm section sounds a mile away, and lacks the pop of a well-recorded concert".[3]

Michael Jones of Blog Critics had this to say "These two recordings just exude pure energy and while watching it I’m thunderstruck by how effortless this lithe little man seems to make spending over two hours singing and dancing his absolute heart out for thousands of adoring fans. (I get tired just lip-syncing and trying to do the occasional move with just my arms, while watching.)" [4] The Second Disc had a glowing review of the Wembley DVD saying "The picture quality is clearly that of a videocassette, but it doesn’t detract from a stunning performance, and the camera work is generally strong with well-chosen angles. Within moments of opening with “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” Jackson is posing, gyrating, spinning, kicking, stomping and slithering with a sleek fleetness of foot that whips the audience into a frenzied state. He’s both graceful and sexually charged, and he is the production.While the singer appears to be lip-synching to a handful of the songs, his performance is, largely, overwhelming and frequently playful. The remarkably well-sequenced concert shows Jackson as an utterly comfortable presence, smiling and taking the stage with ease. There’s very little patter as he prefers to concentrate on his angular, Bob Fosse-in-the-future choreographic moves and unstoppable anthems. By the time he dons his famous glove and launches into that mesmerizing moonwalk on “Billie Jean,” it seems that Jackson can’t possibly give any more. But he does, dancing with a chorus line of kids in the closing “Bad” and literally dropping to the floor for the encore of “Man in the Mirror.” " [5]

Evan Sawdey of PopMatters gave a positive review of the DVD giving it a 7 out of 10 saying " Here, Jackson is at the peak of his powers, absolutely bursting with energy. Extended dance breaks are added into the songs, his backing quartet of dancers are extremely precise, and yes, that’s 80s Sheryl Crow coming out to duet with him on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You...Yet the show is remarkably fun, and relatively fast-paced. There are multiple costume changes throughout, with Jackson wearing whatever jacket is appropriate for the song he’s singing (a letterman jacket for “Thriller”, a white coat and fedora for “Smooth Criminal”, that signature black leather for “Bad”). At first, he and his dancers could not be tighter. They exude energy, and perhaps what’s most remarkable is how Jackson is able to still sing/sustain notes while doing his numerous laser-precise moves. By the time he starts Moonwalking during “Billie Jean” (and let there be no mistake: this is as spectacular and smooth as he has ever executed the move), the already-nuts crowd simply goes into overdrive"[6]

Chaz Lipp of The Morton Report had this to say about Jackson's performance " Perhaps the best part of Bad 25 is the full concert recorded live at London’s Wembley Stadium, July 16, 1988. This is simply prime Michael Jackson. He’s in fantastic voice throughout, always in control of his instrument—even during the most delicate moments, such as “She’s Out of My Life.” I’d list some highlights, but at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, the whole thing functions as a highlight. This concert is relatively stripped down visually, making it a perfect contrast to the more elaborately produced Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour DVD. Jackson’s dancing is as mesmerizing as ever, on full display during tunes such as “Smooth Criminal” and, of course, “Billie Jean.” [7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"   Michael Jackson 6:32
2. "This Place Hotel"   Michael Jackson 4:43
3. "Another Part of Me"   Michael Jackson 4:24
4. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (duet with Sheryl Crow) Michael Jackson 4:55
5. "She's Out of My Life"   Tom Bahler 3:53
6. "I Want You Back/The Love You Save/I'll Be There"   Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, Bob West, Willie Hutch, Hal Davis 7:17
7. "Rock with You"   Rod Temperton 4:23
8. "Human Nature"   Steve Porcaro, John Bettis 5:12
9. "Smooth Criminal"   Michael Jackson 6:24
10. "Dirty Diana"   Michael Jackson 6:24
11. "Thriller"   Rod Temperton 5:29
12. "Bad Groove (The Band Jam Section)"   Greg Phillinganes 13:55
13. "Workin' Day and Night"   Michael Jackson 7:59
14. "Beat It"   Michael Jackson 6:45
15. "Billie Jean"   Michael Jackson 8:36
16. "Bad"   Michael Jackson 10:06
17. "Man in the Mirror"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard 9:24
18. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Performed at Wembley Stadium, London on July 15, 1988) Michael Jackson 5:22
19. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You/Bad" (duet with Sheryl Crow) (Performed at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama on September 26, 1987) Michael Jackson 11:23

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Argentinian Music DVDs Chart[8] 2
Australian Music DVDs Chart[9] 2
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[10] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Music DVDs Chart[11] 1
Belgian (Wallonia) Music DVDs Chart[12] 1
Danish Music DVDs Chart[13] 5
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[14] 1
German Albums Chart[15] 64
Italian Music DVDs Chart[16] 1
Norwegian Music DVDs Chart[17] 1
Portuguese Music DVDs Chart[18] 9
Spanish Music DVDs Chart[19] 2
Swedish Music DVDs Chart[20] 1
Swiss Music DVDs Chart[21] 2
UK Music Videos Chart[22] 2
US Billboard DVDs Chart 1

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[23] Gold 17,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[25] Platinum 10,000*
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

  • One Night in Japan, an unofficial DVD release of a concert held on September 26, 1987 in Yokohama, Japan, during the first leg of the Bad World Tour.

References[edit]

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