Bad era (1985-1989)

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The Bad World Tour

Start date September 12, 1987
End date January 27, 1989
No. of shows 57 in North America
42 in Europe
23 in Asia
5 in Australia
123 played
Attendance 4.5 million
Box office US $125.8 million ($248.36 in 2017 dollars)

Set list 1987

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”
“Things I Do for You”
“Off the Wall”
“Human Nature”
“This Place Hotel”
“She’s Out of My Life”
The Jackson 5 Medley: “I Want You Back” / “The Love You Save” / “I’ll Be There”
“Rock with You”
“Lovely One”
“Bad Groove” The Band Jam Section
“Workin’ Day and Night”
“Beat It”
“Billie Jean”
“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” duet with Sheryl Crow

Set list 1988-1989

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”
“This Place Hotel”
“Another Part of Me”
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” duet with Sheryl Crow
“She’s Out of My Life”
The Jackson 5 Medley: “I Want You Back” / “The Love You Save” / “I’ll Be There”
“Rock with You”
“Human Nature”
“Smooth Criminal”
“Dirty Diana”
“Bad Groove” The Band Jam Section
“Workin’ Day and Night”
“Beat It”
“Billie Jean”
“The Way You Make Me Feel”
“Man in the Mirror”

Tour dates

First Leg : Japan

September 12+13+14 : Michael kicks off his first solo tour at the Korakuen stadium in Tokyo.

September 19+20+21 : Concerts at the Hankyu Nishinomiya stadium  in Nishinomiya.

September 25+26+27 : Concerts at the Yokohoma stadium in Yokohama.

October 3+4 : Concerts at the Yokohoma stadium in Yokohoma.

October 10+11+12 : Concerts at the Osaka stadium in Osaka.

Second leg : Australia

November 13 : Concert at the Olympic Park stadium in Melbourne.

November 20+21 : Concerts at the Parramatta stadium in Sydney .

November 27+28+29 : Concerts at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane. Stevie Wonder & Michael perform “Just Good Friends” live on stage!

Third leg : North America

February 23+24 : Michael kicks off the US leg of the Bad Tour at the Kemper arena in Kansas City (Missouri)

March 3+4+5+6 : Concerts at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the show, Tatiana Thumbzten replaces Sheril Crow on The Way You Make Me Feel and kisses Michael on the mouth! Siedah Garrett sings I Just Can’t Stop Loving You with Michael & Steve Stevens plays electric guitar on Dirty Diana!

March 12+13 : Concerts at the St Louis arena in St Louis (Missouri).

March 18+19 : Concerts at the Market Square arena in Indianapolis (Indiana)

March 20 : Concert at the Freedom Hall in Louisville (Kentucky).

March 23+24+25 : Concerts at the McNichols Sports arena in in Denver (Colorado)

March 30+31 + April 1 : Concerts at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford ( Connecticut )

April 8+9+10 : Concerts at the Summit in Houston (Texas)

April 13+14+15 : Concerts at the Omni Colisuem in Atlanta.

April 19+20+21 : Concerts at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont (northwest of Chicago) where Michael is presented with the keys to the city by mayor Eugene Sawyer.

April 25+26+27 : Concerts  at the Reunion arena in Dallas (Texas)

May 4+5+6 : Concerts at the Met Center in Minneapolis (Minnessota) which end the first leg of the tour.

Fourth leg : Europe

May 23 : Michael kicks off the European leg of the Bad Tour at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome..

May 24 : Second concert in Rome .

May 29 : Concert at the Stadio Olimpico di Turino in Turin, Italy.

June 2 : Concert at the Praterstadion in Vienna, Austria.

June 5+6+7 : Concerts at the Feijenoord stadium in Rotterdam, Holland.

June 11+12 : Concerts at the Eriksberg in Gothenburg, Germany.

June 16 : Concert at the St Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, attended by Elizabeth Taylor & Bob Dylan.

June 19 : Concert at the Reichstag Grounds in Berlin, Germany.

June 23 : Concert at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, France.

June 27+28 : Concert at the Parc des Princes in Paris attended by Grace Jones & Johnny Halliday among others.

July 1 : Concert at the Volksparkstadion in Hambourg, Germany.

July 3 : Concerts at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany.

July 8 : Concert at the Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany.

July 10 : Concert at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany.

July 14+15+16+22+23 : Michael performs 5 concerts at the Wembley stadium in London attended by Jack Nicholson, George Lucas, Harrison Ford & Jane Seymour among others.

July 26 : Concert at the Cardiff Arms Park in Cardif, Wales.

July 30+31 : Concerts at the Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork, Ireland.

August 5 : Concert at the Estadio Municipal de Marbella in Marbella, Spain.

August 7 : Concert at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in Madrid, Spain.

August 9 : Concert at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.

August 11 : Concert at the Stade Charles-Ehrmann in Nice, France.

August 14 : Concert at the Stade Richter in Montpellier, France.

August 19 : Concert at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

August 21 : Concert at the Talavera Wiesen in Wurzburg, Germany.

August 23 : Concert at the Werchter Festival Grounds in Werchter, Belgium.

August 26+27 : Concerts at the Wembley stadium in London. Michael dedicates “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” to Elizabeth Taylor.

August 29 : Concert at the Roundhay Park in Leeds, England, where 90 000 fans sing Happy Birthday to Michael!

September 2 : Concert at the Niedersachsenstadion in Hannover, Germany.

September 4 : Concert at the Parkstadion in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

September 6 : Concert in Linz, Austria.

September 10 : Concert at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England.

September 11 : Michael performs his last European concert at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England, in front of 125 000 people!

5th leg : North America

September 26+27+28 : Concerts at the Civic Arena in Pittsburg (Pennsylvania).

October 3+4/5 : Concerts at the Meadowlands Arena in Rutherford (New Jersey).

October 10+11 : Concerts at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield.

October 13/17/18/19 : Concerts at the Capitol Center in Landover (Maryland)

October 24+25+26 : Concerts at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

October 29 : Michael cancels three concerts in Tacoma (Wahington) when his vocal cords become swollen.

November 7+8+9 : Concerts at theIrvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills (California)

November 13 : Concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Many members of the Jackson family attend the show. Michael cancels five concerts in Los Angeles due to illness. They are rescheduled for January 1989.

6th leg : Japan

December 9+10+11+17+18+19+24+25+26 : Michael performs nine concerts at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.

Final concerts

January 16+17+18+26+27 : Michael plays the last final concert of the Bad World Tour at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

Creative Directors
Michael Jackson (lead vocals, Co-Director, dancer and co-choreographer)
Peggy Holmes (Assistant Director)
Vince Paterson (Co-Director, Choreographer)
Tom McPhillips (Set Designer)
Allen Branton (Lighting Designer)
Frank Dileo (Personal Management)
Sal Bonafede (Tour Coordinator)
John Draper (Tour Manager)
Benny Collins (Production Manager)
Nelson Hayes (Production Coordinator)
Rob Henry (Production Coordinator)
Gerry Bakalian (Stage Manager)
Tait Towers, Inc. (Set Construction)
Clair Bros. (Sound)
Kevin Elison (house sound engineer)
Rick Coberly (Monitor Engineer)
Ziffren, Brittenham and Branca (Attorneys)
Gelfand, Rennert and Feldman (Business Management)
Solters/Roskin, Friedman Inc.(Public Relations)
Bob Jones (V.P. of Communications, MJJ)
Glen Brunman (Media Relations, Epic Records)
Gretta Walsh Of Revel Travel (Travel Agent)
Randy Allaire
Evaldo Garcia
Dominic Lucero
LaVelle Smith Jr.
Greg Phillinganes (Lead keyboards, synthesizers, musical director)
Rory Kaplan (keyboards, synthesizers)
Christopher Currell (Synclavier, digital guitar, sound effects)
Ricky Lawson (Drums, percussion)
Jennifer Batten (Rhythm and lead guitar)[41]
Jon Clark (Lead and rhythm guitar)
Don Boyette (bass guitar, synth bass)
Background vocals
Kevin Dorsey
Darryl Phinnessee
Dorian Holley
Sheryl Crow
Stylists and Assistant
Karen Faye (Hair & Make-up)
Tommy Simms (Stylist)
Gianni Versace, Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush (Costumes Designed)
Jolie Levine (Michael’s Personal Assistant)
Meredith Besser (Assistant)


October 19, 1985  : Michael appears live on Australian TV Telethon with Peter Waltham & Molly Meldrum.

January 27, 1986 : Michael arrives half-way through the American Music Awards ceremony in company of Elizabeth Taylor where he, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Ken Kragen are presented with awards for “We Are The World”. Katherine, LaToya, Rebbie & Janet also attend the ceremony (Janet makes her first public appearance with her new boyfriend Rene Elizondo Jr). For the show’s conclusion, Michael joins many celebrities including Diana Ross, Janet & LaToya to sing “We Are The World”.

February 25, 1986 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones & Stevie attend the Grammy Awards where “We Are The World” wins four awards.

May 6, 1986 : Michael attends a press conference at New York ’s Red Parrot where Pepsi announces a new contract for a reported $15 million and later he receives a Guinness Book of World Records plaque for having received the largest fee ever for a product endorsement.

September 1, 1987 : Michael gives his first interview in years to Ebony/Jet’s journalist  Darryl Dennard at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York.

March 1, 1988 : In NYC, Michael attends a press conference arranged by Pepsi to preview “The Chase” a new Pepsi commercials featuring Michael (a four part story). Michael also presents UNCF’s President and CEO, Christopher Edley a check for 600,000 dollars, the entire grossings from his private sold-out benefit concert held at Madison Square Garden.

March 2, 1988 : At the 30th Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York , Michael performs The Way You Make Me Feel & Man In The Mirror.

March 10, 1988 : Michael is honoured by the United Negro Colege Fund as one of their highest contributors at the 44th annual anniversary dinner held at the Sheraton Hotel in NYC . Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Taylor & Liza Minnelli attend the event.

September 7 1988, : Michael accepts the MTV Video Vanguard Award from Peter Gabriel during a special presentation via satellite.

January 30, 1989 : At the American Music Awards, Michael is presented with the video Pioneer Award presented by his friend Eddy Murphy.

March 1989 : The Black Radio Exclusive Humanitaran Award is presented to Michael at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City (California).

April 12, 1989 : Michael attends the 3rd Soul Train Awards where he is presented the Heritage Award & Sammy Davis Jr Award from Eddie Murphy & Elizabeth Taylor. Another award is presented to Michael by Mike Tyson.

April 14, 1989 : At the 2nd World Music Awards in , Michael accepts two awards presented by Whitney Houston via satellite from Neverland.

September 13, 1989 : Michael attends a press conference to announce a new endorsement deal with L.A Gear under the special marketing campaign Unstoppable.

November 13, 1989 :  Michael sings You Were There during the taping of the Sammy Davis Jr 60th Anniversary TV Special.

December 6, 1989 : Michael makes a surprise appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show to present Eddie Murphy with the MTV’s Humour God Of The 80’s Award. Murphy then presents Michael with the award for Thrillers as The Greatest Video In The History Of The World.

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