HIStory World Tour

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HIStory World Tour
Tour by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson sculpture.jpg
One of many identical statues based on Diana Walczak's original HIStory statue, positioned throughout Europe to promote HIStory.
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
Number of shows 44 in Europe
20 in Asia
11 in Oceania
6 in Africa
2 in North America
82 played
Box office US $165 million ($242.4 in 2015 dollars)[1]
Michael Jackson concert chronology

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. It's been reported that due to a bad pneumonia throughout the world tour he couldn't sing the most songs live. Despite the hurting and the bad voice he neither cancelled the full tour nor specific shows to seek medical treatment.

Overview[edit]

1996[edit]

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.

Jackson performed 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[edit]

The second leg started off on May 31, 1997 at the Weserstadion in Munich, 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.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City/Town Country Venue
Asia
July 16, 1996 Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei Jerudong Park
Europe
September 7, 1996 Prague Czech Republic Letná 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
Africa
October 7, 1996 Tunis Tunisia Stade El Menzah
Asia
October 11, 1996 Seoul South Korea Seoul 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 Stadium Merdeka
October 29, 1996
November 1, 1996 Mumbai India Andheri Sports Complex
November 5, 1996 Bangkok Thailand Muang Thong Thani City Center
Australia
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
Asia
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
North America
January 3, 1997 Honolulu United States Aloha Stadium
January 4, 1997
Europe
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 Olympiastadion
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 Olympiastadion
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
Africa
October 4, 1997 Cape Town South Africa Green Point Stadium
October 6, 1997
October 10, 1997 Johannesburg Johannesburg Stadium
October 12, 1997
October 15, 1997 Durban Kings Park Stadium

Box Office score data[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

Legacy[edit]

  • 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.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

[1] [2] [3]

  1. ^ *"Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (37): 22. 1997-09-13. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ *"Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (34): 14. 1997-08-23. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  3. ^ *"Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 109 (35): 14. 1997-08-30. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2014-04-18.