List of concert tours by Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5

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Under a spotlight, a man sings into a microphone. He is surrounded by four male dancers dressed up to look aggressive. The man himself wears black pants held up by a white sash, as well as a white T-shirt, and an opened blue shirt, which is tucked into his pants.
Michael Jackson performing during the Bad tour, one of the highest-grossing tours of all time

The Jackson 5 was an American music group, formed in 1964 by the Jackson family brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael.[1] The quintet's first concert tour was in the United States, where they performed in cities such as Boston, Cincinnati and New York City throughout the final quarter of 1970. The brothers remained in their homeland for two more US tours, before successfully expanding to Europe in 1971 and the rest of world the following year.

Following a move from Motown to Epic Records, the group was renamed The Jacksons, and embarked on another tour of Europe, where they performed in front of Queen Elizabeth II.[2] After their Interim concert series in 1978, the siblings proceeded with the Destiny Tour, a promotional platform for their similarly named album. Their 1981 36-city circulation of the United States—the Triumph Tour—came next. The Jacksons' final tour together was in 1984, following the release of two albums: the band's Victory and Michael Jackson's Thriller. The Victory Tour spanned 55 performances in the United States and Canada and grossed over $75 million.

Having toured with his brothers since the early 1970s, Michael Jackson began his first solo world tour on September 12, 1987, in Tokyo, Japan. Attracting over 4 million people, including royalty, the Bad Tour proved to be successful, becoming the most-highly attended and highest-earning tour of all time. The follow-up concert series—the Dangerous World Tour of 1992–1993—was also attended by millions. In 1996, Jackson returned with the HIStory World Tour, an 82 run of concerts that concluded the following year. The tour was attended by more than 4.5 million fans.

Tours[edit]

The Jackson 5[edit]

Year Title Duration Number of
performances
1970 The Jackson 5 First National Tour May 2, 1970 – December 30, 1970 (United States)
14
The Jackson 5 embarked on their first ever tour on May 2, 1970. The brothers performed in US cities such as Daly City, Boston, Cincinnati and New York City, and broke venue attendance records along the way. One concert scheduled for Buffalo, New York had to be cancelled due to death threats being made on Michael Jackson's life. 9,000 fans were refunded as a result.[3][4]
1971 The Jackson 5 Second National Tour February 2, 1971 – October 15, 1971 (United States)
37
The five brothers' second US tour featured 40 performances in US cities such as Philadelphia, New York City and Milwaukee. The Commodores, led by Lionel Richie, opened for the five quintet.[3][5]
1971–1972 The Jackson 5 US Tour December 27, 1971 – October 5, 1972 (United States)
circa 47
The siblings visited venues in circa 50 cities during their third tour of the United States.[3][6]
1972 The Jackson 5 European Tour November 2, 1972 – November 12, 1972 (Europe)
8
The brothers' 12-day tour of Europe had them break attendance records previously held by The Beatles. During the tour, the band performed for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.[3][7]
1973–1975 The Jackson 5 World Tour March 2, 1973 – September 1, 1975 (Worldwide)
over 160 concerts during a 3-year period
The quintet's first world tour was undertaken in three years, during which the brothers visited Japan, Hawaii, the United Kingdom, South America, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and the West Indies.[3]
1976 The Jackson 5 Final Tour February 13, 1976 – February 19, 1976 (Philippines)
6
The last group tour as The Jackson 5, was held in Manila, Philippines, in February 1976, less than a month after their contract expires and the Motown Jackson 5 officially call themselves The Jacksons. It included six concerts.[8]

The Jacksons[edit]

Year Title Duration Number of
performances
1977 The Jacksons Tour May 19 – May 24, 1977 (Europe and Venezuela)
Exact number unknown
The Jacksons performed in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom during their tour of Europe. In the latter country, the brothers sang at a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II. On February 25 they travel to Venezuela and appear on television where they announce a unique concert in the country. The following day, on Saturday the 26th, the concert is celebrated in the Poliedro de Caracas.[3][9]
1978 Goin' Places Tour January 22 – May 13, 1978 (United States and Europe)
Exact number unknown; at least 5
The Jacksons' Interim Tour brought the siblings to fans in the United States and Europe.[3][10]
1979–1980 Destiny World Tour January 22, 1979 – September 26, 1980 (Worldwide)
127
The Destiny Tour accompanied The Jacksons' 1978 Destiny album. The brothers toured 80 US cities and played several dates in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Kenya and the United Kingdom. Several of the concerts from the tour had to be cancelled because Michael Jackson became sick with the flu.[3][11]
1981 Triumph Tour July 8, 1981 – September 26, 1981 (United States)
42
Hailed as one of the greatest live shows of the 1970s and 1980s by Rolling Stone, the Triumph Tour grossed $5.5 million and became one of The Jacksons' most successful tours. The brothers performed in 36 US cities, including Memphis, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California, where the band concluded their tour with four sold-out shows.[3][12]
1984 Victory Tour July 6, 1984 – December 9, 1984 (United States and Canada)
55
The Victory Tour began shortly after the release of The Jacksons' Victory and Michael Jackson's successful Thriller album. The five-month tour was of the United States and Canada, and served as Michael's last as lead singer of The Jacksons. The 55-performance concert series was attended by more than 2 million people, and grossed in excess of $75 million—a record at the time.[3][13]

Michael Jackson[edit]

Year Title Duration Number of
performances
1987–1989 Bad tour September 12, 1987 – January 27, 1989 (Worldwide)
123
The Bad world tour was Jackson's first solo concert run. Beginning in Tokyo, the tour lasted for 16 months, during which Jackson visited 15 countries and performed to nearly 4.5 million people. Seven sold out shows at London's Wembley Stadium attracted more than half a million people—including Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales—setting a new world record for playing more dates at the stadium than any other artist. The Bad tour was later recognized as the most-highly attended and highest-earning tour of all time, having grossed over $125 million.[14][15][16][17]
1992–1993 Dangerous World Tour June 27, 1992 – November 11, 1993 (Worldwide)
69
The 69 concert dates of the Dangerous World Tour attracted more than 4 million fans. The extravagant staging of the set for the concerts took near three days to set up; 20 trucks of equipment were shuttled on cargo planes to countries around the world. The Dangerous World Tour concluded in Mexico City, Mexico with 5 sold out shows for over 500,000 people with the last show on November 11, 1993.[14][18][19][20]
1996–1997 HIStory World Tour September 7, 1996 – October 15, 1997 (Worldwide)
83
Beginning in Prague, Czech Republic on September 7, 1996, the concert series attracted more than 4.5 million fans from 58 cities in 35 countries around the world. It was the most attended tour of all times by any artist, having grossed over $165 million. The average concert attendance was 54,878. The HIStory World Tour concluded in Durban, South Africa on October 15, 1997.[21][14][22]
1999 MJ & Friends June 25, 1999 – June 27, 1999 (South Korea and Germany)
2
A tour intended to help raise funds for children in Kosovo, Africa and elsewhere. Jackson gave two concerts during the tour. The first one took place in Seoul, South Korea on June 25, and the second one was in Munich, Germany. Jackson was joined by long-time collaborator Slash during the two concerts.
1999 New Year's Eve 2000 concerts December 31, 1999 (Australia, United States) (cancelled)
2
In 1999, it was announced that Jackson planned to headline two concerts on New Year's Eve 1999 to mark the new millennium, beginning with an event in Sydney, Australia, and then travelling to a second event at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, United States later in the day. As Hawaii is 20 hours behind Australia and on the other side of the International Date Line, the intent of the concerts were to have Jackson perform in one of the first countries to celebrate the new year, and then one of the last. However, in October, it was announced that the twin shows had been cancelled, with his promoter stating that Jackson did not want to disrupt ongoing work on his next album. Critics also doubted if Jackson would be able to make his flight in time due to Australia's flight curfews.[23][24][25]
2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration September 7, 2001 – September 10, 2001 (New York City)
2
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration were two concerts held by American recording artist Michael Jackson in 2001. The purpose of the tour was to mark Jackson's thirtieth anniversary as a solo performer. Both concerts took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This would be Jackson's final public tour as a solo performer and his final performance with his brothers.
2009–2010 This Is It July 13, 2009 – March 6, 2010 (United Kingdom) (cancelled)
50
This Is It was a planned series of fifty concerts by Michael Jackson to be held at The O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. They were scheduled to begin in July 2009 and continue through to March 2010. However, with all concerts sold out, Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest and died due to an overdose of propofol and benzodiazepine drugs, less than three weeks before the first concert kicked off. Jackson officially announced the concerts at a press conference held inside The O2 Arena stated that This Is It was going to be his final series of concerts. AEG Live, the concert promoters, released a promotional video that took up an entire commercial break, setting a record for ITV. The shows were to be Jackson's first major series of concerts since the HIStory World Tour finished in 1997, and had been cited as one of the year's most important musical events. The preparations for the shows was chronicled in the concert documentary Michael Jackson's This Is It, released on October 28, 2009.

The Jacksons[edit]

Year Title Duration Number of
performances
2012–2013 Unity Tour June 20, 2012 – July 27, 2013 (Worldwide)
70
The Unity Tour was The Jacksons' first concert tour of the United States in almost three decades.[26] The tour also marked the first time the brothers have toured as the Jacksons without brother Michael, who died in June 2009. In addition, this was the first concert tour without Randy Jackson, as he retired a couple of years earlier. The tour began on June 20, 2012, and ended on July 27, 2013. The lineup consisted of the four eldest Jackson brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon.


References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ George, p. 29
  2. ^ George, p. 35
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Brooks, p. 80
  4. ^ Grant, p. 15
  5. ^ Grant, p. 17
  6. ^ Grant, p. 18
  7. ^ Grant, p. 22
  8. ^ "Jackson 5 - Concerts, Tour dates, USA, Europe, Japan, Australia". www.jackson5abc.com.
  9. ^ Grant, p. 37
  10. ^ Grant, p. 40
  11. ^ Grant, p. 42
  12. ^ Grant, p. 55
  13. ^ Grant, p. 83
  14. ^ a b c Brooks, p. 81
  15. ^ Grant, pp. 104–105
  16. ^ Grant, p. 123
  17. ^ Saulnier, Jason (23 July 2008). "Jennifer Batten Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  18. ^ Grant, p. 149
  19. ^ Grant, pp. 168–169
  20. ^ Taraborrelli, p. 504
  21. ^ Grant, p. 188
  22. ^ Grant, p. 202
  23. ^ "Jackson cancels double millennium". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  24. ^ Ryan, Tim (1999-04-22). "Jackson millennium aloha". Variety. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  25. ^ Newsday. "BIG-TICKET PARTIES ARE FIZZLING FOR NEW YEAR". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2017-05-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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