Triumph Tour

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Triumph Tour
Tour by The Jacksons
Associated album Triumph
Start date July 8, 1981
End date September 26, 1981
No. of shows 44 in North America
Box office US $5.5 million
($14.49 in 2016 dollars)[1]
The Jacksons concert chronology

The Triumph Tour was a concert tour by the Jacksons, covering the United States from July 8 to September 26, 1981. The tour grossed a total of $5.5 million, setting a record breaking 4 sold out concerts in Los Angeles.

History[edit]

By 1981, the Jacksons had regained success as a platinum-selling recording group with two albums, Destiny and Triumph. Additionally, lead singer Michael Jackson was in the final stages of promoting his multi-platinum album, Off the Wall. This tour allowed Michael to bring in new show production ideas more to his liking. Inspired by Earth, Wind & Fire's live shows, Michael created the costumes and designed the stage. He and his brothers also collaborated on an intro that signaled similarities to their "Can You Feel It" music video. As it had been for many years, the choreography was done by Michael, Jackie and Marlon Jackson. The shows included magical elements designed by Doug Henning—for example, Michael disappearing in smoke during Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough.[2][3][4]

Touring tenure[edit]

The Triumph Tour began in Memphis, Tennessee and ended with a sold-out week of shows in Los Angeles. Each show earned highly positive reviews, in part due to Michael's leadership and showmanship. His brothers also earned praise, particularly for Randy's and Tito's musicality, and Marlon's dance ability. The tour marked the last truly integrated group effort, as Michael's solo career would soon eclipse his success with his brothers. The tour was so well-received and popular that Epic had the brothers record one of the shows. It's not entirely clear where the recording took place, at one show or at a variety of other shows that were then compiled for the recording. However, it was rumored that the tracks were recorded during stops in Memphis, New York City, Buffalo and Providence. The live album, The Jacksons Live!, came out in the winter of 1981, and went gold in its initial run. Current sales are two million. After the tour ended, Michael went back to record his follow-up to Off the Wall. It would be three years before the Jacksons would go back on the road again. Rolling Stone later named the Triumph Tour one of the best 25 tours of 1967–1987. To showcase the success of the Triumph Tour, Michael Jackson commented that it was their first show without any marginal material. Michael patterned the Victory Tour and his Bad World Tour after the Triumph Tour.

Stage[edit]

The stage was dark and had three groups of strobe lights, all of them containing different colors of lights, facing the stage diagonally. The stage also had a spotlight that followed the main performers. In addition to the lighting, the musicians played their instruments on fixtures (the horn section to the left of the stage, the drums to the center, and keyboards to the right; with the exception of the guitarists and Randy Jackson who played the piano, keyboards, and assorted percussion).

Opening act[edit]

Setlist[edit]

  1. Can You Feel It
  2. Things I Do for You
  3. Off the Wall
  4. Ben
  5. This Place Hotel
  6. She's Out of My Life
  7. Movie Rap
  8. Jackson 5 Medley (I Want You Back / ABC / The Love You Save)
  9. I'll Be There
  10. Rock with You
  11. Lovely One
  12. Workin' Day and Night
  13. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  14. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[5][6][7]
July 8, 1981 Memphis United States Mid-South Coliseum
July 10, 1981 Oklahoma City MCC Arena
July 11, 1981 Dallas Reunion Arena
July 12, 1981 Houston The Summit
July 15, 1981 San Antonio HemisFair Arena
July 17, 1981 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex Arena
July 18, 1981 Mobile Mobile Municipal Auditorium
July 24, 1981 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
July 25, 1981 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
July 26, 1981 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
July 28, 1981 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
July 31, 1981 Landover Capital Centre
August 1, 1981
August 2, 1981 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
August 4, 1981 Richmond Richmond Coliseum
August 5, 1981 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
August 7, 1981 Uniondale United States Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
August 8, 1981 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
August 9, 1981 Richfield Townshipw The Coliseum at Richfield
August 12, 1981 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
August 13, 1981 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
August 14, 1981 Philadelphia Spectrum
August 15, 1981 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
August 16, 1981 Providence Providence Civic Center
August 18, 1981 New York City Madison Square Garden
August 19, 1981
August 21, 1981 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
August 22, 1981 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
August 23, 1981 Dayton UD Arena
August 26, 1981 Milwaukee MECCA Arena
August 28, 1981 Chicago Chicago Stadium
August 29, 1981 Lexington Rupp Arena
September 1, 1981 Kansas City Kemper Arena
September 2, 1981 St. Louis Checkerdome
September 3, 1981 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
September 6, 1981 Las Vegas Las Vegas Convention Center
September 8, 1981 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
September 10, 1981 Daly City Cow Palace
September 15, 1981 Tempe ASU Activity Center
September 18, 1981 Inglewood The Forum
September 19, 1981
September 22, 1981 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
September 25, 1981 Inglewood The Forum
September 26, 1981
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
July 19, 1981 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center Rescheduled to July 28, 1981
July 22, 1981 Atlanta, Georgia Omni Coliseum Rescheduled to August 12, 1981
August 8, 1981 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum Rescheduled to August 14, 1981
September 5, 1981 Oakland, California Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena Rescheduled to September 22, 1981

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold Gross revenue
Mid-South Coliseum Memphis 11,999 $118,528[8]
Reunion Arena Dallas 15,602 $153,252[8]
Lakeland Civic Center Lakeland 10,000 $107,000[9]
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Buffalo 11,000 $115,000[10]
Riverfront Coliseum Cincinnati 15,898 $166,038[9]
Omni Coliseum Atlanta 15,667 $163,773[11]
Spectrum Philadelphia 17,842 $224,881[11]
Hartford Civic Center Hartford 11,153 $121,490[11]
Providence Civic Center Providence 13,000 $146,000[10]
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena Oakland 12,435 $149,633[12]
The Forum Inglewood 55,000 $633,029[13]
TOTAL 189,596 $2,098,624

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Billboard Top Boxoffice". Billboard. New York City, New York: Billboard Publications, Inc. 93 (40): 44. October 10, 1981. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Top Boxoffice". Billboard. New York City, New York: Billboard Publications, Inc. 93 (42): 34. October 24, 1981. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 26, 2016.