MJ on stage : Destiny era (1978-1980)

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The Destiny World Tour 

Start date January 22, 1979
End date January 13, 1980
Legs 4
No. of shows 32 in Europe
14 in Africa
83 in North America
129 total
Box office US $7.5 million ($25.29 in 2017 dollars)[1]

Set list from February 23, 1979 in London

“Dancing Machine”
“Things I Do for You”

“I Am Love”

“Keep on Dancing”
Medley: “I Want You Back” / “ABC” / “The Love You Save”
“I’ll Be There”
“Enjoy Yourself”
“Show You the Way to Go”
“All Night Dancin'”
“Blame It on the Boogie”

Set list from October 3, 1979 in New Orleans

Dancing Machine
Things I Do For You
Get It Together
Keep on Dancing
I Wanna Be Where You Are

Jackson 5 Medley : “I Want You Back” / “ABC” / “The Love You Save”
“I’ll Be There”

Enjoy Yourself
Blame It On The Boogie
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

Set list from December 1979

“Dancing Machine”
“Things I Do for You”
“Get It Together”
“Off the Wall”
“Keep on Dancing”
Medley: “I Want You Back” / “ABC” / “The Love You Save”
“I’ll Be There”
“Rock with You”
“Enjoy Yourself”
“Blame It on the Boogie”

“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”
“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”

Tour dates

1st leg : Europe

January 22+24+26 : The Jacksons kick off the European leg of Destiny tour at the Bremen Germany Musical Theater in Bremen, Germany. January 27 : Concert at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany.

January 28+29+30 : Concert at the El Teatro Monumental in Madrid, Spain.

January 31 : Concert at the Martiniplaza in Groningen, Netherlands.

February 1+2 : Concert at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

February 6+7+8+9 : Concerts at the Rainbow Theatre in London.

February 10 : Concert at the Brighton Center in Brighton, England.

ABC airs American Bandstand featuring The Jacksons performing  “Shake Your Body”, “Push Me Away” & “Things I Do For You”.

February 11 : Concert at the Guildhall in Preston, England.

February 12 : Concert at the Wakefield Theater Club in Wakefield, England.

February 13 : Concert at the Fiesta Club in Sheffield, England.

February 14+15 : Concerts at the Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland.

While in Switzerland, The Jacksons perform “Destiny”, “Shake Your Body” & “Blame It On The Boogie” for an Abba Special.

February 16 : Concert at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.

February 17 : Concert at the Manchester Apollo in Manchester, England.

February 18 : Concert at the Bingley Hall in Birmingham, England.

February 19 : Concert at the Civic Theatre in Halifax, England.

February 20 : Concert at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.

February 21 : Concert at the Sophia Gardens Pavillon in Cardiff, England.

February 23+24 : Concert at the England Rainbow Theatre in London. The first concert is filmed for television and aired later on.

February 25 : Concert at the Poole Arts Centre in Poole, England.

February 26 : Concert at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

February  28 : Concert at Le Palace in Paris, France.

February 29 :Last concert of the European leg at the Théâtre des Carmes in Avignon, France.

2nd leg : Africa

March 6+7+8+9+10 : The Jacksons kick off the African leg of Destiny Tour Concerts at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

March 12+13+14+15 : Concerts at the Stade de l’Amitié in Dakar, Senegal.

March 16 : Concert at the Aliff Gymnasium in Nairobi, Kenya.

March 19+20+21 : Concerts at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

3rd leg : North America

April 14+15 : The Jacksons kick off the US leg of Destiny Tour at the Music Hall in Cleveland. They add “Shake Your Body” to the setlist as the final song.

April 19+22 : Concerts at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Devon.

April 25+26+27 : Concerts at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.

April 28 : Concert at the Mill Run Theatre in Niles, Illinois.

May 3 : Concert at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg.

May 6 : Concert at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville.

May 10+12 : Concert at the Music Hall in Houston.

May 16 : Concert at the Birmingham Municipal Auditorium in Birmingham.

May 17 : Concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Columbus.

May 18 : Concert at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

May 19 : Concert at the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta.

May 20 : Concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

May 24 : Concert at the Saenger Theatre in Pine Bluff.

May 26 : Concert at the  Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

May 27 : Concert at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth.

May 28 : Concert at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport.

June 1 : Concert at the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk.

June 3 : Concert at the Township Auditorium in Columbia.

June 8 : Concert at the Belk Gymnasium in Charlotte.

June 9 : Concert at the Capital Centre in Landover.

June 10 : Last concert of the first US leg at the War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro.

4th leg : North America

September 26 : The Jacksons kick off the second US leg of Destiny Tour at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington.

October 2+3 :  Concert at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.

October 4 : Concert at the  Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport.

October 5 : Concert at the Mobile Municipal Auditorium in Mobile.

October 6 : Concert at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville;

October 7 : Concert at the Louisville Gardens in Louisville.

October 12 : Concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

October 13 : Concert at the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester.

October 14 : Concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in Pittsburgh

October 15 : Concert at the Saginaw Civic Center in Saginaw.

October 19 : Concert at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.

October 20 : Concert at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.

October 21 : Concert at the UD Arena in Dayton.

October 25 : Concert at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Columbus.

October 26 : Concert at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse.

October 27 : Concert at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo.

October 28 : Concert at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield.

November 1 : Concert at the Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo.

November 2 : Concert at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago.

November 3 : Concert at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.

November 4+5 : Concerts at the 1979 Detroit Cobo Arena in Detroit.

November 6 : Concert at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore.

November 8 : Concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale (filmed for ABC’s 20/20 TV show that will air in January 1980).

November 9 : Concert at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia.

November 10 : Concert at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton.

November 11 : Concert at the Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium in Fayetteville.

November 14 : Concert at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth.

November 15 : Concert at the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge.

November 16 : Concert at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

November 17 : Concert at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

November 19 : Concert at the The Summit in Houston.

November 20 : Concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Columbus.

November 21 : Concert at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in Greenville.

November 22 : Concert at the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah.

November 23 : Concert at the Macon Coliseum in Macon.

November 24 : Concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

November 25 : Concert at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta.

November 29 : Concert at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque.

November 30 : Concert at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.

December 2 : Concert at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu.

December 6 : Concert at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

December 8 : Concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle.

December 9 : Concert at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.

December 13 : Concert at the United States Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino.

December 14 : Concert at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

December 15 :  Concert at the Sports Arena in San Diego.

December 16 : Concert at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland.

December  18 + 19 : Concerts at the Forum in Inglewood.

December 21 : Last concert of the year at the Haynes Oval Cricket Ground in Nassau (The Bahamas).

January 11+12+13 1980 : The Jacksons perform the last 3 concerts of the Destiny World Tour at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu.

Band members

Michael Jackson: vocals
Jackie Jackson: vocals, percussion
Tito Jackson: guitar, vocals
Marlon Jackson: vocals, percussion
Randy Jackson: vocals, congas, piano, keyboards

Drums: Jonathan Moffett
Additional Guitar: Bud Rizzo
Bass: Michael McKinney
Keyboards: James McField
Horns: (East Coast Horns): Wesley Phillips, Cloris Grimes, Alan (Funt) Prater, Roderick (Mac) McMorris


December 16, 1978 : The Jacksons tape performances of Shake Your BodyPush Me Away & Things I Do For You at American Bandstand (aired on February 10, 1979 on ABC) .

December 17, 1978 : The Jacksons tape performances of Shake Your BodyThings I Do For You & Push Me Away on Soul Train and give an interview. plus a Michael’s interview.  (aired on February 3, 1979).

January 22+24+26, 1979 : While in Bremen, Germany, The Jacksons perform “Blame It On The Boogie” on Musikladen TV show.

January 28+29+30, 1979 : While in Madrid, Spain, The Jacksons tape a performance of “Shake Your Body” on Spanish TV show Aplauso.

February 1/2, 1979 : While on tour in Amsterdam The Jacksons tape a performance of “Shake Your Body” for Dutch TV show TopPop (which is aired on February 24)

February 6+7+8+91979 : While in London, The Jacksons tape performances of “Shake Your Body”, “Blame It On The Boogie” & “Destiny” on 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 14 + 15, 1979 : While on tour in Switzerland, The Jacksons perform DestinyShake Your Body Blame It On The Boogie for an Abba Special.

Previous era : Goin’ Places era (1977-1978)

Next era : Off The Wall era (1979-1981)

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