Michael Jackson Bad Tour (2)

Michael In The Bad World Tour Doing His #1 song and title track Song Bad

The Bad World Tour was Michael Jackson's first solo concert tour. It was to promote the Bad (album). It spanned 16 months from September 12, 1987 to January 27, 1989. the tour included 123 concerts to 4.4 million fans across 15 countries making it the second highest grossing tour of 1987. The Opening Acts for the tour was Kim Wilde in Europe and Taylor Dayne in Europe for Selected Dates.

First leg (1987)Edit

On June 29, 1987, Jackson's manager Frank DiLeo announced the singer's plan to embark on his first solo world concert tour. The Tour was Sponsored by Pepsi. The tour began in Japan, marking Jackson's first performances in the country since 1973 as part of The Jackson 5. The first nine scheduled concerts that began on September 12th to the 20th sold out within hours, and five more were added due to high demand. Over 600 journalists, cameramen and lots of beloved fans waited for Jackson's arrival to the country at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. His pet chimpanzee Bubbles, who took a separate flight, was greeted by more than 300 people. The stage set used 700 lights, 100 speakers, 40 lasers, three mirrors and two 24-by-18 foot screens. Performers wore 70 costumes, four of which were attached with fiber optic lights and it's was designers Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins first tour with Michael.

While in Tokyo, Australian pop music critic Molly Meldrum conducted an exclusive interview Jackson and DiLeo that was featured on 60 Minutes in the United States. On September 18, Jackson was handed the Key to the City by Yasushi Oshima, the mayor of Osaka. He was accompanied by Bubbles, who was the first animal allowed inside the city's town hall. Jackson dedicated his Japanese concerts to Yoshiaki Hagiwara, a five-year-old boy who was kidnapped and murdered, and gave £12,000 to the parents of Hagiwara. Attendance figures for the first 14 dates in Japan totalled a record-breaking 450,000.Crowds of 200,000 were what past performers could manage to draw for a single tour. Nippon Television was a co-sponsor with Pepsi for the Japanese dates.

In October 1987, scheduled shows in Perth and Adelaide in Australia were cancelled. A New Zealand leg was also scrapped. Kevin Jacobson, the tour's promoter, put it down to financial reasons with the original schedule having to cost $8 million to stage. Jackson performed five concerts in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia in November. While off stage, he spent time visiting sick children at their homes in the Sydney suburbs.
Bad World Tour 1988

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Second leg (1988–1989)Edit

Rehearsals for the tour's second leg took place at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida from January 22 to February 18, 1988. On the last day of preparation, Jackson allowed 420 school pupils to watch him rehearse after the children made him a rap music video in his honor.The first performances were to begin in Atlanta, Georgia, yet Pepsi officials objected as the city was home to rival drinks company Coca-Cola. For both Atlanta shows, Jackson gave 100 tickets to the Children's Wish Foundation for terminally ill children.The first of three concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City in March served as a benefit to raise $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund. Jackson presented a check of $600,000 to the fund.

Jackson began his European tour in Rome at the Flaminio Stadium on May 23, 1988. Police and security guards rescued hundreds of fans from being crushed in the crowd of 30,000.Police reported 130 women fainted at the concert in Vienna on June 2.A scheduled performance in Lyon was cancelled after 16,000 of a planned 30,000 tickets were sold.On June 17, Jackson travelled to the town of Vevey to meet Oona O'Neill, the widow of comic actor Charlie Chaplin who was one of Jackson influences."I have fulfilled my biggest childhood dream", said Jackson after the visit.The most successful of the European dates were those in London at Wembley Stadium. Ticket demand for the five July dates exceeded 1.5 million, enough to fill the 72,000 capacity venue 20 times.Jackson performed seven sold out shows, beating the previous record held by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Genesis. More shows could have been added, but the venue had reached its quota for live performances.More shows could have been added, but the venue had reached its quota for live performances.The third concert on July 16 was attended by Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles.On September 8, Jackson was entered into the Guinness World Records, the first of three times from the tour alone. The Wembley shows were attended by a record 504,000 people. Management also presented him with a special award.On July 30, NBC aired Michael Jackson Around the World, a 90-minute special documenting the singer on tour.On August 29, after a birthday performance in Leeds, Jackson donated $130,000 to Give For Life.The final European show was held in Liverpool the home of The Beatles on September 11, staged at Aintree Racecourse. 1,550 fans were reported injured among the crowd of 125,000.

In September 1988, Jackson toured the United States for the second time. On October 23, he donated $125,000, the net proceeds to first show in Detroit, to the city's Motown Museum.Three concerts in Tacoma, Washington were cancelled after Jackson came down with the flu.The tour was planned to end in Tokyo, but Jackson suffered from swollen vocal cords after the first of six concerts in Los Angeles in November. The remaining five were rescheduled for January 1989. During the December 11 show in Tokyo, nine-year old Ayana Takada was selected to receive a certificate by Jackson to commemorate the four millionth person to attend the tour.

Five performances in Los Angeles were held to conclude the tour on January 27, 1989. In 16 months, Jackson performed 123 concerts in 15 countries to an audience of 4.4 million for a total gross of $125 million.The American tour alone grossed a total of $20.3 million, the sixth largest of the year.Guinness World Records recognized the tour as the largest grossing in history and the tour to play to the most people ever. In April 1989, the tour was nominated for "Tour of the Year 1988" at the inaugural International Rock Awards. It lost to Amnesty International.

Set List (1987)Edit

Set List (1988-89)Edit

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  • Stevie Wonder made a surprise appearance at the November 28, 1987 Brisbane concert during the song "Bad".
  • The "Bad Groove" interlude involved the band playing an extended instrumental of "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" by Prince from his 1987 album Sign o' the Times. The second leg piece grew longer and an instrumental of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough from Jackson's 1979 Off the Wall (Album) was added. The band members also perform their own solo with keyboards first, followed by bass guitar then drums. During the second leg spots in the interlude session varied, such as the additional solo from guitarist Jon Clark.
  • In some of the first shows of the second leg and some shows of the second North American leg, Jackson occasionally changed the order of the setlist. Usually two or more songs of the first 9 songs would be moved, such as Human Nature and Smooth Criminal following Another Part of Me" instead of I Just Can't Stop Loving You and She's Out of My Life.
  • For his March 1988 performances at Madison Square Garden in New York, Steve Stevens (Guitar - Billy Idol) performed on "Dirty Diana" as he had on the recording.
  • A performance of Dirty Diana, taken from the March 3, 1988 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York was released as a seven-minute long live music video. It is considered the alternative music video of the song.
  • Princess Diana and Prince Charles attended the July 16 show at Wembley Stadium. "Dirty Diana" was meant to be taken out of the setlist because Jackson thought that it would offend her Royal Highness, but to Jackson's surprise the Princess stated backstage that "Dirty Diana" was her favorite song of Jackson's, so Jackson decided to perform the song.
  • During the tour, Jackson performed "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" live on stage with background vocalist Sheryl Crow.
  • The Way You Make Me Feel" was taken out of the setlist on rare occasions due to some shows starting late or other unknown reasons. When this occurred, "Man in the Mirror" was performed in the black "Bad" jacket. Dates the song was skipped include the July 16th, 1988 Wembley show and the March 5, 1988 show in New York.
  • At every tour stop, during "She's Out of My Life", one girl was randomly picked out of the crowd (usually front row) and was allowed to dance with Jackson on stage.
  • During the last concert dates at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Jackson wore a white shirt during "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Man in the Mirror" instead of the usual blue shirt.
  • A live album and DVD of the July 16, 1988 concert in London titled Live at Wembley July 16, 1988 was released along with the special edition reissue of the Bad album titled Bad 25 on September 18, 2012, as well as a stand-alone DVD.
  • The Way You Make Me Feel Was a Bonus clip for Live At Wembley July 16, 1988 and not played at the show that night.

Tour DatesEdit

(First Set List) Asia

  • September 12-14, 1987, Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
  • September 19-21, 1987, Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium, Nishinomiya, Japan
  • September 25-October 4, 1987 Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan
  • October 10-12, 1987 Osaka Stadium, Osaka, Japan


  • November 13, 1987, Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
  • November 20-21, 1987, Parramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia
  • November 27-28, 1987, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia

North America

  • February 23-24, 1988, Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
  • March 3-6, 1988, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, NY
  • March 13, 1988, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO
  • March 18-19, 1988, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
  • March 20, 1988, Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
  • March 24-26, 1988, McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO
  • March 30-April 1, 1988, Hartford Civic Arena, Hartford, CT
  • April 8-10, 1988, The Summit, Houston, TX
  • April 13-15, 1988, Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, GA
  • April 19-21, 1988, Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
  • April 25-27, 1988, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
  • May 4-6, 1988, Met Center, Minneapolis, MN

(Second Leg) Europe

  • May 23-24, 1988, Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy
  • May 29, 1988, Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Turin, italy
  • June 2, 1988, Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria
  • June 5-7, 1988, Feijenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • June 11-12, 1988, Eriksburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • June 16, 1988, St. Jakob Stadium, Basel, Switzerland
  • June 19, 1988, Reichstag Grounds, West Berlin, Germany
  • June 27-28, 1988, Parc des Princes, Paris, France
  • July 1, 1988, Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, West Germany
  • July 3, 1988, Mungersdorfer Stadium, Cologne, West Germany
  • July 8, 1988, Olympiastadion, Munich, West Germany
  • July 10, 1988, Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, West Germany
  • July 14-23, 1988, Wembley Stadium, London, England
  • July 26, 1988, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, England
  • July 30-31, 1988, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland
  • August 5, 1988 - Marbella, Spain
  • August 7, 1988 - Madrid, Spain
  • August 9, 1988 - Barcelona, Spain
  • August 12, 1988 - Montpellier, France
  • August 14, 1988 - Nice, France
  • August 19, 1988 - Lausanne, Switzerland
  • August 21, 1988 - Wurzburg, West Germany
  • August 23, 1988 - Werchter, Belgium
  • August 26 and 27, 1988 - London, United Kingdom
  • August 29, 1988 - Leeds, United Kingdom
  • September 2, 1988 - Hanover, West Germany
  • September 4, 1988 - Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • September 6, 1988 - Linz, Austria
  • September 10, 1988 - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • September 11, 1988 - Liverpool, United Kingdom

North America

  • September 26-28, 1988 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • October 3-5, 1988 - East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • October 10 and 11, 1988 - Richfield, Ohio
  • October 13, 17-19, 1988 - Landover, Maryland
  • October 24-26, 1988 - Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • November 7-9, 1988 - Irvine, California
  • November 13, 1988 - Los Angeles, California


  • December 9-11, 17-19, 24-26, 1988 Tokyo, Japan

Nouth America

  • January 16-18, 26 and 27, 1989 Los Angeles, California


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