Destiny Tour 1979-1980

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Tour by the Jackson
Associated album Destiny/Off the Wall
Start date January 22, 1979
End date January 13, 1980
Legs 3
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 1979 in Amsterdam

“Dancing Machine”
“Things I Do for You”
“Ben”

“I Am Love”

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

Set list from October 1979 in New Orleans

Dancing Machine
Things I Do For You
Get It Together
Ben
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”
“Ben”
“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, 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

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

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

4th leg : North America 
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

January 11, 1980 Honolulu United States NBC Blaisdell Arena
January 12, 1980
January 13, 1980

5th leg : North America

September 5, 1980 Honolulu International Center

September 17, 1980 Inglewood The Forum

September 18, 1980 Inglewood The Forum

September 19, 1980 Inglewood The Forum

September 25, 1980 Inglewood The Forum

September 26, 1980 Inglewood The Forum

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

Commercial release :

None of the concerts was officially released on VHS/DVD.

“Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival at Park City, Utah on January 24, 2016. It was shown on the American television network Showtime on February 5. The film was released on DVD along with a reissue of the original Off the Wall album on February 26, 2016. It features never before seen before live extracts from the December 16, 1979 Oakland Oracle Arena concert. Watch it on You Tube.

TV/Bootlegs/You Tube :

The full audio concert from February 1, 1979 at Amsterdam Koninklijk Theater Carré is available on  You Tube.

The full concert from February 1979 at London Rainbow Theatre concert aired on TV and is available on You Tube.

The full concert from October 2, 1979 at New Orleans Municipal Auditorium is available on You Tube.

In January 1980, ABC’s 20/20 aired an interview of Michael with live sequences from the November 9, 1979 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum concert. Watch it on You Tube.

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