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Dangerous World Tour

Dangerous World Tour: June 27th, 1992 - November 11th, 1993.

The Dangerous World Tour was the second worldwide concert tour by American superstar Michael Jackson as a solo artist, covering Europe, South America, Mexico and Asia from June 27, 1992 to November 11, 1993. The tour, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, who also sponsored Jackson's previous tour, included 69 concerts to 3.9 million fans. The tour grossed up approximately $125 million and all profits were donated to various charities including the new Heal the World Foundation that was set up by Jackson.

During the tour's third leg in 1993, Jackson decided to end the tour due to, as he announced, illness which ultimately resulted in hospitalization. Jackson had become dependent on painkillers and suffered from dehydration, migraines, back aches, frequent ankle injuries and stress.

1992: First and Second leg (Europe and Asia)

The original set list for the first leg featured songs 'The Way You Make Me Feel' and 'Bad', 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.

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 Diary' and presented by Sonya Saul. Jackson performed for the last time in Glasgow, Scotland on August 18 before being banned by city council chiefs due to complaints of the noise the concert created.

Jackson sold the film rights to his concert in Bucharest on October 1, 1992 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, it later received the highest ratings in cable history, in which Jackson was honoured with a Cable ACE Award. In 2004, the concert was released on DVD as part of Jackson's 'Ultimate Collection' box set and in 2005, was released as a separate DVD known as '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 and alternate camera angles (some from other concerts such as Wembley and Madrid) were included to give the show a feeling of hype.

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 that September.

1993: Third leg (Europe, Asia, South America and North America)

The day the third leg began on August 24, 1993 in Bangkok, the accusations 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 August 29, 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'. 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. 'Stranger In Moscow' turned out to be one of Jackson's most critically acclaimed songs ever.

Before the tour was canceled, Jackson was scheduled to perform in Dubai but the country barred Jackson from appearing there after unsigned pamphlets were circulated in Dubai urging a boycott of the concerts due to the crotch-grabbing Michael did.

The tour was to last longer (69 concerts were performed, 12 were cancelled and nobody knows the exact number of concerts intended) , 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.It is speculated that Jackson began taking Valium, Xanax and Ativan (known as lorazepam in the UK) to deal with the stress of the accusations made against him. By the fall of 1993, Jackson became addicted to pain killers, and went into drug rehabilitation for a few months.

Set list First Leg (1992)

1. Brace Yourself Introduction
2. Jam
3. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
4. Human Nature
5. Smooth Criminal
6. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett)
7. She's Out Of My Life
8. Motown Medley: I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There
9. Thriller
10. Billie Jean
11. Black Or White ("Panther" Interlude)
12. Workin' Day and Night
13. Beat It
14. Someone Put Your Hand Out (Instrumental)
15. Will You Be There
16. The Way You Make Me Feel (June 27th to July 15th but returned in Tokyo)
17. Bad (June 27th to July 15th but returned in Tokyo)
18. Black Or White
19. We Are The World (Video interlude)
20. Heal The World
21. Man In The Mirror
22. Rocket Man Finale

Set list Second Leg (1993)

1. Brace Yourself Introduction
2. Jam
3. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
4. Human Nature
5. Smooth Criminal
6. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett)
7. She's Out of My Life
8. Motown Medley: I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There
9. Thriller
10. Billie Jean
11. Someone Put Your Hand Out (instrumental)
12. Will You Be There
13. Dangerous
14. Black Or White
15. We Are The World (video interlude)
16. Heal The World
17. Man In The Mirror (performed regularly)
18. Rocket Man Finale (performed regularly)

Tour dates:

Dangerous Tour TicketSouth America First leg (June 27 to December 31, 1992)

Europe

1. June 27, 1992 Munich - Germany / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 72,000
2. June 30, 1992 Rotterdam - Netherlands / Feijenoord Stadium / Attendance 46,000
3. July 1, 1992 Rotterdam - Netherlands / Feijenoord Stadium / Attendance 46,000
4. July 4, 1992 Rome - Italy / Flaminio Stadium / Attendance 36,000
5. July 6 , 1992 Monza - Italy / Brianteo Stadium / Attendance 46,000
6. July 7, 1992 Monza - Italy / Brianteo Stadium / Attendance 46,000
7. July 11, 1992 Cologne - Germany / Mungersdorfer Stadium / Attendance 65,000
8. July 15, 1992 Oslo - Norway / Valle Hovin Stadium / Attendance 35,000
9. July 17, 1992 Stockholm - Sweden / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 53,000
10. July 18, 1992 Stockholm - Sweden / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 53,000
11. July 20, 1992 Copenhagen - Denmark / Gentofte Stadium / Attendance 30,000
12. July 22, 1992 Werchter - Belgium / Festival Ground / Attendance 40,000
13. July 25, 1992 Dublin - Ireland / Lansdowne Road / Attendance 40,000
14. July 30, 1992 London - United Kingdom / Wembley / Attendance Stadium 72,000
15. July 31, 1992 London - United Kingdom / Wembley Stadium / Attendance 72,000
16. August 5, 1992 Cardiff - United Kingdom / Cardiff Arms Park / Attendance 50,000
17. August 8, 1992 Bremen - Germany / Weser Stadium / Attendance 45,000
18. August 10, 1992 Hamburg - Germany / Volkspark Stadium / Attendance 51,000
19. August 13, 1992 Hamelin - Germany / Weserbergland Stadium / Attendance 25,000
20. August 16, 1992 Leeds - United Kingdom / Roundhay Park / Attendance 60,000
21. August 18, 1992 Glasgow - United Kingdom / The Haugh / Attendance 65,000
22. August 20, 1992 London - United Kingdom / Wembley Stadium / Attendance 72,000
23. August 22, 1992 London - United Kingdom / Wembley Stadium / Attendance 72,000
24. August 23, 1992 London - United Kingdom / Wembley Stadium / Attendance 72,000
25. August 26, 1992 Vienna - Austria / Prater Stadium / Attendance 50,000
26. August 28, 1992 Frankfurt - Germany / Waldstadion / Attendance 60,000
27. August 30, 1992 Ludwigshafen - Germany / Southwest Stadium / Attendance 30,000
28. September 2, 1992 Bayreuth - Germany / Volks Stadium / Attendance 32,000
29. September 4, 1992 Berlin - Germany / Jahn Stadium / Attendance 35,000
30. September 8, 1992 Lausanne - Switzerland / La Pontaise Stadium / Attendance 47,000
31. September 13, 1992 Paris - France / Hippodrome de Vincennes / Attendance 85,000
32. September 16, 1992 Toulouse - France / Municipal Stadium / Attendance 40,000
33. September 18, 1992 Barcelona - Spain / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 42,000
34. September 20, 1992 Oviedo - Spain / Carlos Tartiere Stadium / Attendance 25,000
35. September 22, 1992 Madrid - Spain / Vicente Calderón Stadium / Attendance 40,000
36. September 26, 1992 Lisbon - Portugal / José Alvalade Stadium / Attendance 64,000
37. October 1, 1992 Bucharest - Romania / Lia Manoliu Stadium / Attendance 70,000

Asia

38. December 12, 1992 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
39. December 14, 1992 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
40. December 17, 1992 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
41. December 19, 1992 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
42. December 22, 1992 Tokyo - Japan  /Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
43. December 24, 1992 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
44. December 30, 1992 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
45. December 31, 1992 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000

Second leg (August 24 to November 11, 1993)

Europe and Asia

46. August 24, 1993 Bangkok - Thailand / National Stadium / Attendance 70,000
47. August 27, 1993 Bangkok - Thailand / National Stadium / Attendance 70,000
48. August 29, 1993 Singapore - Singapore / National Stadium / Attendance 47,000
49. September 1, 1993 Singapore - Singapore / National Stadium / Attendance 47,000
50. September 4, 1993 Taipei - Taiwan / Taipei Municipal Stadium / Attendance 40,000
51. September 6, 1993 Taipei - Taiwan / Taipei Municipal Stadium / Attendance 40,000
52. September 10, 1993 Fukuoka - Japan / Fukuoka Dome / Attendance 30,000
53. September 11, 1993 Fukuoka - Japan / Fukuoka Dome / Attendance 30,000
54. September 15, 1993 Moscow - Russia / Luzhniki Stadium / Attendance 50,000
55. September 19, 1993 Tel Aviv - Israel / Hayarkon Park / Attendance 70,000
56. September 21, 1993 Tel Aviv - Israel / Hayarkon Park / Attendance 70,000
57. September 23, 1993 Istanbul - Turkey / Inonu Stadium / Attendance 48,000
58. September 26, 1993 Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Spain / Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife / Attendance 45,000

South America

59. October 8, 1993 Buenos Aires - Argentina / River Plate Stadium / Attendance 70,000
60. October 10, 1993 Buenos Aires - Argentina / River Plate Stadium / Attendance 70,000
61. October 12, 1993 Buenos Aires - Argentina / River Plate Stadium / Attendance 70,000
62. October 15, 1993 Sao Paulo - Brazil / Morumbi Stadium / Attendance 80,000
63. October 17, 1993 Sao Paulo - Brazil / Morumbi Stadium / Attendance 80,000
64. October 23, 1993 Santiago - Chile / Chile National Stadium / Attendance 65,000

North America

65. October 29, 1993 Mexico City - Mexico / Azteca Stadium / Attendance 100,000
66. October 31, 1993 Mexico City - Mexico / Azteca Stadium / Attendance 100,000
67. November 7, 1993 Mexico City - Mexico / Azteca Stadium / Attendance 100,000
68. November 9, 1993 Mexico City - Mexico / Azteca Stadium / Attendance 100,000
69. November 11, 1993 Mexico City - Mexico / Azteca Stadium / Attendance 100,000

Performers:

Lead performer
Vocals, Dance, Choreographer: Michael Jackson

Dancers:

LaVelle Smith Jnr, Evaldo "Eddie" Garcia, Randy Allaire, Michelle Berube, Jamie King, Bruno Falcon, Yoko Sumida.

Band members:

Musical Director: Greg Phillinganes
Assistant Musical Director: Kevin Dorsey
Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes, Brad Buxer
Drums: Ricky Lawson
Guitars: Jennifer Batten, David Williams
Bass: Don Boyette
Vocal Director: Kevin Dorsey
Vocals: Kevin Dorsey, Darryl Phinnessee, Dorian Holley, Siedah Garrett.

Credits:

Executive Director: MJJ Productions
Artistic Director: Michael Jackson
Choreographed by: Michael Jackson & LaVelle Smith
Staged & Designed by: Kenny Ortega
Set Designed by: Tom McPhillips
Lightning Designer: Peter Morse
Director of Security: Bill Bray
Costumes Designed by: Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush
Hair & Make-up: Karen Faye
Tour Coordinator: Sal Bonafede
Production Executive: Benny Collins
Production Manager: Chris Tervit
Tour Manager: Paul Gongaware, Jack Nance
Assistant Tour Manager: Nelson Hayes
Production Coordinator: Caprise Arreola (1st Leg), Tour Management Coordinator (2nd Leg)
Personal Management: Gallin Morey Associates
Drum Technician: Richard Howard
Guitar Technicians: Jennifer Batten
Keyboard Technicians: David Benson, Todd Herman, Mark Lewer, Andrew Scheps
Horn Arrangements: Jeremy Lubbock & Jerry Hey
Assistance for stage magic: David Copperfield


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