Michael Jackson During His Dangerous Tour

Dangerous World Tour was the second worldwide solo concert tour by Michael Jackson. The tour, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, included 70 performances. All profits were donated to various charities including Jackson's own Heal the World Foundation. The tour ran from June 27, 1992, to November 11, 1993. In November 1993, Jackson ended the tour due to, as he announced, illness that required hospitalization. The performer became dependent on painkillers, having suffered from dehydration, migraines and injuries. Originally, the Dangerous World Tour was supposed to run until Christmas of 1993.

About The TourEdit

  • Start date:June 27, 1992
  • End date:November 11, 1993
  • Leg:4
  • Shows: 40 in Europe,18 in Asia,6 in South America,6 in North America Total:70 played
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Following the huge success of the Bad world tour, Jackson's first solo world tour, where he earned $125 million, the star claimed that he would not tour again, and would instead concentrate on making films and records. On February 3, 1992 in a Pepsi press conference, it was announced that Jackson would be touring again. The announcement coincided with a new deal between Jackson and Pepsi, with a reported $20 million deal to sponsor the tour.

In an interview, Jackson stated, "The only reason I am going on tour is to raise funds for the newly formed Heal the World Foundation, an international children's charity, that I am spearheading to assist children and the ecology. My goal is to gross $100 million by Christmas 1993. I urge every corporation and individual who cares about this planet and the future of the children to help raise money for the charity. The Heal the World Foundation will contribute funds to paediatric AIDS in honour of my friend, Ryan White. I am looking forward to this tour because it will allow me to devote time to visiting children all around the world, as well as spread the message of global love, in the hope that others will be moved to do their share to help heal the world said Jackson.

Preparations and Set designsEdit

The stage used for the tour required more time to set up than before. This was seen in the tour schedule where a considerable number of concerts were one-stop performances. Equipment, which in total weighed over 100 tons, required two Boeing 747 jet aircraft and multiple lorries to transport to each venue. Before the tour began, Jackson and his band (which had changed a little since the Bad World Tour rehearsed the whole concert. The footage of the rehearsals has been leaked into the Internet. However, the exact date and location of the performances is not clear, but it was rumored that the rehearsals took place in Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The rehearsals included performances that never made it into the final show, including Remember the Time and Rock With You For the tour's design, Jackson was influenced by the uniform worn in the military. For "Jam", the first performance on the tour's set list, Jackson wore two variations of a faux-military uniform. Costumes worn for the performances of Workin Day And Night', Bad (Song), as well as his later HIStory World Tour, were examples of this. During the first leg, the uniform was a grey-green jacket with a one bolted strap which sparkled with multicolour. For the second, third and fourth leg, Jackson wore a black uniform with three gold bolted straps, one going from his collar to his waist in one direction and the other two in another; he also used similar costume at the first Dangerous tour concert in Munich, the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show in 1993, and later at the Royal Brunei Concert (pre-HIStory World Tour concert)in 1996.

In the first and second legs, the transition from Thriller (Song) to Billie Jean was another stage trick. When Jackson walks into two pillars, he secretly switches with a werewolf-masked backup dancer while he changes for Billie Jean. The backup dancer posing as Jackson is placed into a coffin which disappears when dancers posing as skeletons and zombies drape a cloth over the coffin and pull it out. Jackson appears fully dressed for Billie Jean in the upper stage level as it lowers down. The coffin portion of this stage illusion was removed in some of first leg shows and the entire third and fourth leg of the tour, and replaced with the Jackson impersonator and the backup dancers performing an encore of the "Monster Breakdown" (the dance sequence in "Thriller").

First and second leg (1992)Edit

The original set list for the first leg featured The Way You Make Me Feel and Bad (Song), but these were taken out after the eighth concert in Oslo, Norway. However, these two songs were returned for the first four performances in Tokyo, Japan (the second leg). During the Europe leg in 1992, MTV was allowed to film backstage and broadcast six fifteen-minute episodes on the tour. The show was called Dangerous Diaries and presented by Sonya Saul. Michael Jackson was never showing in any of the episodes only in the Concerts Clips. Jackson sold the film rights to his October 1, 1992 concert in Bucharest, Romania to HBO for $21 million. The deal was the highest ever paid for a live concert. The concert was broadcast live on radio and shown on television across 61 countries, and received the highest TV ratings in the history of the HBO network, in which Jackson was honoured with a CableACE Award. In 2004, the concert was released on DVD as part of Jackson's The Ultimate Collection box set. It was released in 2005 as the separate DVD Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour. The footage used on the released version is actually a mixture of footage from Bucharest – The BBC Broadcast, HBO live telecast (pay per view) and the HBO TV version, however for the DVD shots of many fans were included to give the show a feeling of hype. The Toulouse, France concert performed on September 16, 1992 featured a special instrumental performance of the first half of the song In the Closet as an interlude between the songs Heal the World and Man In The Mirror. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, who was the "Mystery Girl" in the actual song, was in attendance at this concert. This concert marked the first and only time that this song was performed on the tour. On December 31, 1992 during the New Year's Eve concert in Tokyo, Japan, Slash made a special guest appearance for the performance of Black or White. Slash also made a special appearance for "Black or White" at the concert in Oviedo, Spain in September 1992. Slash Appeared on Michael Jackson's Black Or White and Give In To Me.

Super Bowl XXVIIEdit

Unlike many previous years, Jackson was the only performer in the entire Super Bowl XXVII halftime show. The show started with Jackson dancing on certain jumbotrons, followed by impersonators that posed on top of the screen, which gave the illusion of Jackson moving from one side of the stadium to the other. Then Jackson himself catapulted on stage and simply stood frozen in front of the audience. Jackson's set included songs Jam (with the beginning of Why You Wanna Trip on Me), Billie Jean and Black or White. The finale featured an audience card stunt, a video montage showing Jackson participating in various humanitarian efforts around the world, and a choir of 3,500 local Los Angeles area children singing We Are the World, later joining Jackson as he sang his single Heal the World.

It was the first Super Bowl where the audience figures actually increased during the half-time show. The selection of Jackson for the halftime show was in response to sagging interest in recent performances, notably in the two years immediately prior. The NFL and FOX network officials decided it was necessary to sign top acts for the halftime in future years to boost future viewership and interest. The NFL donated $100,000 to Jackson’s Heal the World Foundation.

Third and fourth leg (1993)Edit

The day the third leg began on August 24, 1993 in Bangkok, the accusation of child sexual abuse against Jackson was made public. Three days beforehand, a search warrant was issued, allowing police to search Jackson's Neverland Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley, California. On 29 August, Jackson performed in front of 47,000 on his 35th birthday in Singapore. During his visit to Moscow in September, Jackson came up with the song Stranger in Moscow which would be released on his 1995 album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. It was during a time when Jackson felt very alone, far away from his family and friends, yet every night throughout his tours fans would stay by his hotel and support him. The tour was to last longer, but it was the huge pressure from the child abuse accusations (which was generating huge media and press attention), as well as various health problems and injuries that made Jackson end the tour in Mexico. Jackson began taking Valium, Xanax and Ativan (known as lorazepam in the UK) to deal with the stress of the accusations made against him. After the tour ended, Jackson voluntarily entered a rehabilitation program. In a taped statement, he credited Elizabeth Taylor, his sister Janet Jackson, and his family for support during the accusations and dealing with his drug addiction.


  • After the Oslo concert, The Way You Make Me Feel and Bad (Song) were not performed for the rest of the tour, with the exception of the first 6 concerts in Tokyo.
  • Workin Day And Night and Beat It were taken out of the setlist in 1993. The cherry picker that was used for "Beat It" in 1992 was then sometimes used for Black or White in 1993.
  • Rock With You and Remember The Time were rehearsed, but then these songs were taken out of the setlist due to show logistics.
  • Man In The Mirror was taken out of the set list during Argentina, Brazil and Chile shows. In Mexico, this song was added back to the set list.
  • Someone Put Your Hand Out interlude was played on selected dates of first and secong legs before “Will You Be There”. In 1993 it was pulled off from set list.

Rehearsal set listEdit