1979

  • January:

Michael is on the cover of Rock & Soul Magazine.
The Jacksons rehearse for The Destiny Tour.
Motown releases Boogie, a collection of unreleased songs from the Jackson 5.
MCA releases the single You Can’t Win from the soundtrack of The Wiz.

Destiny World Tour 1st leg : Europe

January 22, 1979 Bremen Germany Musical Theater Bremen
January 24, 1979
January 26, 1979
January 27, 1979 Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
January 28, 1979 Madrid Spain Teatro Monumental
January 29, 1979
January 30, 1979
January 31, 1979 Groningen Netherlands MartiniPlaza
February 1, 1979 Amsterdam Koninklijk Theater Carré
February 2, 1979
February 6, 1979 London England Rainbow Theatre
February 7, 1979
February 8, 1979
February 9, 1979
February 10, 1979 Brighton Brighton Centre
February 11, 1979 Preston Preston Guild Hall
February 12, 1979 Wakefield Theatre Royal
February 13, 1979 Sheffield Fiesta Nightclub
February 14, 1979 Geneva Switzerland Victoria Hall
February 15, 1979
February 16, 1979 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo
February 17, 1979 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
February 18, 1979 Birmingham Bingley Hall
February 19, 1979 Leeds Queens Hall
February 20, 1979 Leicester De Montfort Hall
February 21, 1979 Cardiff Wales Sophia Gardens Pavilion
February 23, 1979 London England Rainbow Theatre
February 24, 1979
February 25, 1979 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
February 26, 1979 Amsterdam Netherlands Koninklijk Theater Carré
February 29, 1979 Avignon France Théâtre des Carmes
March 2, 1979 Paris Le Palace

  • February 1/2:

The Jacksons are on the cover of Jet Magazine.

  • February 3 :

The Jacksons perform Shake Your Body, Things I Do For You & Push Me Away on Soul Train

  • February 6/7/8/9:

Concerts in London;The Jacksons perform Shake Your Body, Blame It On The Boogie & Destiny at Top Of The Pops. They also perform Shake Your Body, Things I Do For You & Destiny on Midnight Special. Jermaine joins them on stage for the last song.

  • February 15:

The Jacksons perform Destiny, Shake Your Body & Blame It On The Boogie for an Abba Special.

2nd leg : Africa 

March 6, 1979 Johannesburg South Africa Orlando Stadium
March 7, 1979
March 8, 1979
March 9, 1979
March 10, 1979
March 12, 1979 Dakar Senegal Stade de l’Amitié
March 13, 1979
March 14, 1979
March 15, 1979
March 16, 1979 Cape Town South Africa Green Point Stadium
March 17, 1979
March 19, 1979 Johannesburg Orlando Stadium
March 20, 1979
March 21, 1979

 

  • March 22:

The Jacksons fly home and Michael resumes the recording of the album Off The Wall with Quincy Jones.

3rd leg : North America 

April 14, 1979 Cleveland United States Music Hall
April 15, 1979
April 19, 1979 Devon Valley Forge Music Fair
April 22, 1979
April 25, 1979 Chicago Arie Crown Theater
April 26, 1979
April 27, 1979
April 28, 1979
April 29, 1979
May 3, 1979 St. Petersburg Bayfront Center
May 6, 1979 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 10, 1979 Houston Houston Music Hall
May 12, 1979
May 16, 1979 Birmingham Birmingham Municipal Auditorium
May 17, 1979 Columbus Municipal Auditorium
May 18, 1979 Nashville War Memorial Auditorium
May 19, 1979 Atlanta Atlanta Civic Center
May 20, 1979 Memphis Orpheum Theatre
May 24, 1979 Pine Bluff Saenger Theatre
May 26, 1979 Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
May 27, 1979 Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Arena
May 30, 1979 Shreveport Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium
June 1, 1979 Norfolk Chrysler Hall
June 3, 1979 Columbia Township Auditorium
June 8, 1979 Charlotte Belk Gymnasium
June 9, 1979 Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre
June 10, 1979 Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium

 

  • June 3:

Michael, Quincy & Bruce complete the recording & mixing of the album Off The Wall at the Westlake Studios in Los Angeles.

  • Late june:

The Jacksons start recording the Triumph Album.

  • July 1:

Mayor Tom Bradley declares “Jackson Day” in Los Angeles in honour of the group achievements. Some 300 guests attend a party in the City National Bank Vault in Beverly Hills . The Jacksons receive a Platinum Record for Destiny. Michael’s date for the night is actress Tatum’ O Neal.

  • July 28:

The single Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough is released. Michael shoots a video for the song with a new short hair.

  • August 1 :

Good Times ‘ last episode with Janet as Penny is aired on CBS.

  • August 10 :

Epic releases the album Off The Wall (N°1) A huge success thanks to the genius of Michael Jackson combined with the musicians of Quincy Jones. With four Top Ten singles and more than 15 millions records sold, Off The Wall has become a classic in pop history.

  • August 16:

Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine.with an exclusive interview.

  • August 20:

Michael is on the cover of Soul Magazine with an exclusive interview.

  • August 29:

Michael and his brothers make a photoshoot with photographer Mathew Roltson.

Michael celebrates his 21st birthday at the Studio 54 club in New York City . Michael’s contract with Joe Jackson expires and he now takes control of his own career.

  • September:

The Jacksons are on the cover of Ebony Magazine.

4th leg : North America (The Jacksons add songs from “Off The Wall” on the setlist)
October 2, 1979 New Orleans Municipal Auditorium
October 3, 1979
October 4, 1979 Shreveport Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
October 5, 1979 Mobile Mobile Municipal Auditorium
October 6, 1979 Huntsville Von Braun Civic Center
October 7, 1979 Louisville Louisville Gardens
October 12, 1979 Philadelphia Spectrum
October 13, 1979 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial
October 14, 1979 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
October 15, 1979 Saginaw Saginaw Civic Center
October 19, 1979 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
October 20, 1979 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
October 21, 1979 Dayton UD Arena
October 25, 1979 Columbus Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 26, 1979 Syracuse Onondaga County War Memorial
October 27, 1979 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
October 28, 1979 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
November 1, 1979 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
November 2, 1979 Chicago Chicago Stadium
November 3, 1979 Cleveland Public Auditorium
November 4, 1979 Detroit Cobo Arena
November 5, 1979
November 7, 1979 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
November 8, 1979 Uniondale New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

November 9, 1979 Richmond Virginia
November 10, 1979 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
November 11, 1979 Fayetteville Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium
November 14, 1979 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center
November 15, 1979 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex
November 16, 1979 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
November 17, 1979 Lake Charles Burton Coliseum
November 19, 1979 Houston The Summit
November 20, 1979 Columbus Municipal Auditorium
November 21, 1979 Greenville Greenville Memorial Auditorium
November 22, 1979 Savannah Savannah Civic Center
November 23, 1979 Macon Macon Coliseum
November 24, 1979 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
November 25, 1979 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
November 29, 1979 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
November 30, 1979 Mobile Mobile Civic Center
December 2, 1979 Honolulu Honolulu International Center
December 6, 1979 Portland Memorial Coliseum
December 8, 1979 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
December 9, 1979 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
December 13, 1979 San Bernardino United States Swing Auditorium
December 14, 1979 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 15, 1979 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
December 16, 1979 Oakland Oracle Arena
December 18, 1979 Inglewood The Forum
December 21, 1979 Nassau The Bahamas Haynes Oval

  • October 31:

Michael attends his friend Jane Fonda’s Halloween Disco Party at The Hollywood Palace.

  • November:

Epic releases the single Rock With You (N°1) and Michael shoots a video for the song directed by Bruce Gowers.
Rolling Stone Magazine refuses to put Michael on their cover!

  • December 15 :

Janet joins the cast of “A New Kind Of Family” sitcom on ABC. She plays the character of Jojo Ashton for 3 episodes. The show is canceled shortly after.

  • December 18 :

Concert at the Forum in Inglewood. The whole Jackson family attends the concert and Michael is presented with platinum records for Off The Wall.

 

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