HIStory World Tour

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HIStory World Tour
Tour by Michael Jackson
HIStoryTourlogo.png
Promotional image for the tour
Associated albumHIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (from the show on May 31, 1997)
Start dateSeptember 7, 1996
End dateOctober 15, 1997
No. of shows83
Attendance4.5 million
Box officeUS $165 million ($258.82 million in 2019 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 83 concerts spanning the globe with stops in 57 cities, 35 countries on 5 continents. The tour was done to promote the 1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album, with hit singles like Scream, They Don't Care About Us, Earth Song and You Are Not Alone appearing in the new setlist. The second leg also promoted the remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix. The tour was attended by approximately 4.5 million fans, beating his previous Bad World Tour with 4.4 million. A recording of the concert from Seoul Olympic Stadium was released on VHS in South Korea. A performance in Munich in July 1997 was recorded for DVD release, but the plans were later cancelled.

Overview[edit]

Michael Jackson performing "Earth Song" in Lausanne, June 20, 1997

The tour was announced on May 29, 1996, and marked Jackson's first concert tour since his Dangerous World Tour ended in late 1993.[2] Jackson's debut concert for the tour, performed at Letna Park in Prague, was one of the largest single attended concerts in his career, with over 125,000 people.[3] On October 7, 1996, he performed for the first time ever in the Arab world and Africa as a solo artist in Tunis.[4] During the tour's stopover in Sydney, Australia, he married Debbie Rowe in a private and impromptu ceremony. He was interviewed by Molly Meldrum In Brisbane and danced with two women during "You Are Not Alone". From January 3–4, 1997, Jackson performed his only two concerts on this tour in the US, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Aloha Stadium, to a crowd of 35,000 each; making him the first artist in history to sell out the stadium.,[5]

During the break period, Jackson worked and released his Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix album. The second leg started on May 31, 1997, at the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany.[6] 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". "Blood on the Dance Floor" was taken off the set list after the concert in Oslo on August 19, 1997.

Jackson performed at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on his 39th birthday with 60,000 fans. He was presented with a surprise birthday cake, marching band, and fireworks on stage after "You Are Not Alone". The concert at Hippodrome Wellington of Ostend, Belgium, was originally scheduled for August 31, 1997, but was postponed to September 3 following Diana, Princess of Wales's death. Michael performed in Helsinki, Finland on Aug 24 and 26, 1997 at the Olympic Stadium.

Show performance[edit]

Michael Jackson's HIStory tour was one of his most high tech concert shows and revealed new features to its 83 shows from September 1996 to October 1997. The show's opening featured a video segment where Michael piloted a spacecraft through multiple points in history before emerging from underneath the stage at the end. The stage featured two statues of Michael on either side of it and was large enough to use an entire curtain for the opening segment of "Smooth Criminal". The cherry picker used for "Beat It" and "Earth Song" extended out from the center of the stage and partially acted as a ramp when it was not in use.

Set list[edit]

September 7, 1996 - January 4, 1997
  1. "Great Gates Of Kiev" (Introduction)
  2. "Scream" / "They Don't Care About Us" / "In the Closet" (contains excerpts of "HIStory" and "She Drives Me Wild")
  3. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
  4. "Stranger in Moscow"
  5. "Smooth Criminal" (contains excerpts of "Childhood" as an instrumental prelude)
  6. "The Wind" (video interlude)
  7. "You Are Not Alone"
  8. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (select dates only)
  9. "I Want You Back" / "The Love You Save" / "I'll Be There"
  10. "Rock with You" / "Off the Wall" / "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (select dates only)
  11. "Remember The Time" (video interlude)
  12. "Billie Jean"
  13. "Thriller"
  14. "Beat It"
  15. "Come Together" / "D.S."
  16. "Black Panther" (Video Interlude)
  17. "Dangerous" (contains excerpts of the James Bond theme, "Smooth Criminal", "You Want This", "Let's Dance", and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme)
  18. "Black or White"
  19. "Earth Song"
  20. "We Are The World" (Video Interlude)
  21. "Heal the World"
  22. "HIStory" (with instrumental prelude of "They Don't Care About Us" and "Great Gates Of Kiev" intro)
May 31, 1997 - October 15, 1997
  1. "Great Gates Of Kiev" (Introduction)
  2. "Scream" / "They Don't Care About Us" / "In the Closet" (contains excerpts of "HIStory" and "She Drives Me Wild")
  3. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
  4. "Stranger in Moscow"
  5. "Smooth Criminal" (contains excerpts of "Childhood" as an instrumental prelude)
  6. "The Wind" (video interlude)
  7. "You Are Not Alone"
  8. "The Way You Make Me Feel"
  9. "I Want You Back" / "The Love You Save" / "I'll Be There"
  10. "Rock with You" / "Off the Wall" / "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (select dates only)
  11. "Remember The Time" (video interlude)
  12. "Billie Jean"
  13. "Thriller"
  14. "Beat It"
  15. "Blood on the Dance Floor"
  16. "Black Panther" (Video Interlude)
  17. "Dangerous" (contains excerpts of the James Bond theme, "Smooth Criminal", "You Want This", "Let's Dance", and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme)
  18. "Black or White"
  19. "Earth Song"
  20. "We Are The World" (Video Interlude)
  21. "Heal the World"
  22. "HIStory" (with instrumental prelude of "They Don't Care About Us" and "Great Gates Of Kiev" intro)
Notes
  • Songs originally considered for the first leg of the tour included "Childhood", "Dirty Diana", "State of Shock", "Man in the Mirror", "Will You Be There", "She's Out Of My Life", and "2 Bad".[7] Of these songs, "2 Bad", "She's Out of My Life", and "Man in the Mirror" are the only ones confirmed to have been rehearsed. "She's Out Of My Life" would have appeared in between "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" (as of 25 August 1996) had it made it into the final setlist.[8] "Morphine" was also rehearsed twice for the 1997 leg, but was also removed.[9]
  • During the first leg, "Come Together" and "D.S." were removed from the set list after the concert in Auckland on November 11, 1996. In the second leg, "Blood on the Dance Floor" replaced them from May 31 to June 29 and July 4 to August 19, 1997.
  • "Dangerous" was not performed on Manila and the fourth Tokyo concert.
  • "Rock with You", "Off the Wall", and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" were performed on select dates before being permanently removed from the set list after the concert in Amsterdam on June 10, 1997.
  • "The Way You Make Me Feel" was performed on select dates before being permanently removed from the setlist after the concert in Gelsenkirchen on June 15, 1997.
  • Following Princess Diana's death, the instrumental of "Gates of Kiev" in the show's introduction was replaced with one of "Smile", starting with the show in Ostend, Belgium on September 3, 1997.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
September 7, 1996 Prague Czech Republic Letná Park
September 10, 1996 Budapest Hungary Népstadion
September 14, 1996 Bucharest Romania Stadionul Național
September 17, 1996 Moscow Russia Dynamo Stadium
September 20, 1996 Warsaw Poland Lotnisko Bemowo
September 23, 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 Olympique El Menzah
Asia
October 11, 1996 Seoul South Korea Olympic Stadium
October 13, 1996
October 18, 1996 Taipei Taiwan Zhongshan Soccer Stadium
October 20, 1996 Kaohsiung Chungcheng Stadium
October 22, 1996[a] Taipei Zhongshan 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 IMPACT Grounds
Oceania
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 12, 1996 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
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 Amphitheater
North America
January 3, 1997 Honolulu United States Aloha Stadium
January 4, 1997
Europe 1997
May 31, 1997 Bremen Germany Weser-Stadion
June 3, 1997 Cologne Müngersdorfer Stadion
June 6, 1997 Bremen Weser-Stadion
June 8, 1997 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Arena
June 10, 1997
June 13, 1997 Kiel Germany Nordmarksportfeld
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 England 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 Leipziger 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[b] 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[10][11][12][13]
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
Olympiastadion Berlin 78,187 / 78,187 (100%) $2,934,036
Leipziger 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 Gothenburg 50,000 / 50,000 (100%) $2,202,073
Valle Hovin Oslo 37,904 / 40,000 (95%) $1,646,889
Tallinn Song Festival Ground Tallinn 75,000 / 75,000 (100%) $2,627,174
Olympiastadion Helsinki 91,106 / 96,000 (95%) $4,166,735
Green Point Stadium Cape Town 73,295 / 74,000 (99%) $2,092,625
Johannesburg Stadium Johannesburg 106,495 / 108,000 (99%) $3,747,560
Kings Park Stadium Durban 45,000 / 45,000 (100%) $1,493,047
TOTAL 1,172,929 / 1,197,271 (98%) $47,948,717

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
  • Security 1996: Darrell Featherstone
  • Security 1997: Bill Bray
  • Costumes Designed by: Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush
  • Hair & Make-up: Karen Faye
  • Stylist: Tommy Simms
  • Tour Manager and Producer: Tarak Ben Ammar
  • Former Manager: Dieter Wiesner
  • Personal Management: Gallin Morey Associates
  • Music Video Directors: Steve Barron/Joe Pytka/John Landis/Bruce Gowers/Martin Scorsese/Bob Giraldi/John Singleton/Nick Saxton

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The October 22, 1996 concert at Zhongshan Soccer Stadium, Taipei, was originally set for October 16 but was rescheduled due to time constraints.
  2. ^ The September 3, 1997 concert Hippodrome Wellington, Ostend was originally set for August 31, 1997, but was rescheduled due to Princess Diana’s death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Will Jackson's tour make HIStory?". The Boston Globe. 30 May 1996. p. 82. Retrieved 6 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Michael Jackson Statue Plans Draw Protests by Czechs - CBS News". CBS News.
  4. ^ "Lundi 7 Octobre, Michael Jackson en terre tunisienne | Tekiano :: TeK'n'Kult" (in French). Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  5. ^ "Jackson was king at two Aloha Stadium concerts in 1997 | The Honolulu Advertiser | Hawaii's Newspaper". the.honoluluadvertiser.com. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson Setlist at Weserstadion, Bremen". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  7. ^ https://mjbeats.com.br/a-inédita-lista-de-michael-jackson-e-o-show-history-tour-1c142ee4dd9b
  8. ^ https://mjbeats.com.br/a-inédita-lista-de-michael-jackson-e-o-show-history-tour-1c142ee4dd9b
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/MJJVariety/status/1272381674467151872/photo/1
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