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HIStory World Tour

HIStory World Tour: September 7th, 1996 - October 15th, 1997.

The HIStory World Tour was the third and final (not counting the cancelled 'This Is It' tour) worldwide concert tour by American superstar Michael Jackson as a solo artist, covering Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Hawaii from September 7, 1996 to October 15, 1997. The tour, which grossed a total of $165 million, included a total of 82 concerts with a record-breaking attendance of 4,500,000 fans.

1996/1997: First leg (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and United States)

Jackson started the tour off with a concert at Letna Park in Prague with a 125,000 strong attendance, one of Jackson's largest single attended concerts in his career. On January 3 and 4, 1997 – Jackson only performed two concerts in America. He did not perform in the USA mainland, but rather in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Aloha Stadium to a crowd of 35,000 each.

1997: Second leg (Europe and Africa)

The second leg started off on May 31, 1997 at the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany. Set list changes included the addition of 'Blood On The Dance Floor' and later on the removal of the 'Off The Wall' Medley and 'The Way You Make Me Feel'. It was only during the first concert in Bremen that Jackson donned a red jacket for 'Blood On The Dance Floor', which was later replaced with a blue uniform. ''Blood On The Dance Floor' was taken off the set list after the concert in Oslo, Norway on August 19, 1997. On August 29, 1997 – Jackson performed at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on his 39th birthday with 50,000 fans. He was presented with a surprise birthday cake, marching band, and fireworks on stage before the Jackson 5 Medley. A concert was supposed to take place on August 7 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but was cancelled due to poor ticket sales, the only concert that was cancelled during the tour. The concert at Hippodrome Wellington of Ostend, Belgium was supposed to be held on August 31, 1997, but was postponed to September 3 following Diana's death. During the September 3 concert audiences were required to be put into "cages". Starting with this concert, several of the final concerts had begun with Jackson's cover of Charlie Chaplin's Smile being played back, and an image of Diana on the jumbotron for some parts of the concert.

Set list:

1. Gates of Kiev
2. Scream / They Don't Care About Us / In The Closet
3. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
4. Stranger in Moscow
5. Smooth Criminal
6. The Wind (Video Interlude)
7. You Are Not Alone
8. The Way You Make Me Feel (Only on certain concerts from September 7, 1996 to June 15, 1997)
9. Jackson 5 Medley: I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There
10. Off The Wall Medley: Rock with You / Off The Wall / Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Only on certain concerts from September 7, 1996 to June 10, 1997)
11. Remember The Time (Video Montage Interlude)
12. Billie Jean
13. Thriller
14. Beat It
15. Come Together / D.S. (Only on certain concerts from September 7, 1996 to November 11, 1996)
16. Blood On The Dance Floor" (May 31, 1997 to August 19, 1997; not performed on July 2)
17. Dangerous
18. Black Or White
19. Earth Song
20. We Are The World (Video Interlude)
21. Heal The World
22. They Don't Care About Us (Instrumental)
23. HIStory

Tour dates:

HIStory Tour TicketFirst leg (September 7, 1996 to January 4, 1997)

Europe

1. September 7, 1996 Prague - Czech Republic / Letna Park / Attendance 125,000
2. September 10, 1996 Budapest - Hungary / Népstadion / Attendance 45,000
3. September 14, 1996 Bucharest - Romania / Lia Manoliu Stadium / Attendance 70,000
4. September 17, 1996 Moscow - Russia / Dynamo Stadium / Attendance 50,000
5. September 20, 1996 Warsaw - Poland / Bemowo Airport / Attendance 110,000
6. September 24, 1996 Zaragoza - Spain / La Romareda Stadium / Attendance 45,000
7. September 28, 1996 Amsterdam - Netherlands / Amsterdam Arena / Attendance 50,000
8. September 30, 1996 Amsterdam - Netherlands / Amsterdam Arena / Attendance 50,000
9. October 2, 1996 Amsterdam - Netherlands / Amsterdam Arena / Attendance 50,000

Africa

10. October 7, 1996 Tunis - Tunisia / El Menzah Stadium / Attendance 60,0000

Asia

11. October 11, 1996 Seoul - South Korea / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 50,000
12. October 13, 1996 Seoul - South Korea / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 50,000
13. October 18, 1996 Taipei - Taiwan / Chungshan Soccer Stadium / Attendance 40,000
14. October 20, 1996 Kaohsiung - Taiwan / Chungcheng Stadium / Attendance 30,000
15. October 22, 1996 Taipei - Taiwan / Chungshan Soccer Stadium / Attendance 40,000
16. October 24, 1996 Singapore - Singapore / National Stadium / Attendance 35,000
17. October 27, 1996 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia / Merdeka Stadium / Attendance 40,000
18. October 29, 1996 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia / Merdeka Stadium / Attendance 40,000
19. November 1, 1996 Mumbai - India / Andheri Sports Complex / Attendance 60,000
20. November 5, 1996 Bangkok - Thailand / IMPACT Arena / Attendance 40,000

Oceania

21. November 9, 1996 Auckland - New Zealand / Ericsson Stadium / Attendance 43,000
22. November 11, 1996 Auckland - New Zealand / Ericsson Stadium / Attendance 43,000
23. November 14, 1996 Sydney - Australia / Sydney Cricket Ground / Attendance 40,000
24. November 16, 1996 Sydney - Australia / Sydney Cricket Ground / Attendance 40,000
25. November 19, 1996 Brisbane - Australia / ANZ Stadium / Attendance 40,000
26. November 22, 1996 Melbourne - Australia / Melbourne Cricket Ground / Attendance 65,000
27. November 24, 1996 Melbourne - Australia / Melbourne Cricket Ground / Attendance 65,000
28. November 26, 1996 Adelaide - Australia / Adelaide Oval / Attendance 30,000
29. November 30, 1996 Perth - Australia / Burswood Dome / Attendance 20,000
30. December 2, 1996 Perth - Australia / Burswood Dome / Attendance 20,000
31. December 4, 1996 Perth - Australia / Burswood Dome / Attendance 20,000

Asia

32. December 8, 1996 Parañaque - Philippines / Asia World City / Attendance 55,000
33. December 10, 1996 Parañaque - Philippines / Asia World City / Attendance 55,000
34. December 12, 1996 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
35. December 15, 1996 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
36. December 17, 1996 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
37. December 20, 1996 Tokyo - Japan / Tokyo Dome / Attendance 45,000
38. December 26, 1996 Fukuoka - Japan / Fukuoka Dome / Attendance 40,000
39. December 28, 1996 Fukuoka - Japan / Fukuoka Dome / Attendance 40,000
40. December 31, 1996 Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei / Jerudong Park Amphitheatre North America / Attendance 4,000
41. January 3, 1997 Honolulu - United States / Aloha Stadium / Attendance 35,000
42. January 4, 1997 Honolulu - United States / Aloha Stadium / Attendance 35,000

Second leg (May 31 to October 15, 1997)

Europe

43. May 31, 1997 Bremen - Germany / Weserstadion / Attendance 55,000
44. June 3, 1997 Cologne - Germany / Müngersdorfer Stadion / Attendance 60,000
45. June 6, 1997 Bremen - Germany / Weserstadion / Attendance 50,000
46. June 8, 1997 Amsterdam - Netherlands / Amsterdam ArenA / Attendance 50,000
47. June 10, 1997 Amsterdam - Netherlands / Amsterdam ArenA / Attendance 50,000
48. June 13, 1997 Kiel - Germany / Nordmarksportfield / Attendance 55,000
49. June 15, 1997 Gelsenkirchen - Germany / Parkstadion / Attendance 50,000
50. June 18, 1997 Milan - Italy / San Siro / Attendance 45,000
51. June 20, 1997 Lausanne - Switzerland / La Pontaise Olympic Stadium / Attendance 35,000
52. June 22, 1997 Bettembourg - Luxembourg / Krakelshaff / Attendance 45,000
53. June 25, 1997 Lyon - France / Stade de Gerland / Attendance 25,000
54. June 27, 1997 Paris - France / Parc des Princes / Attendance 65,000
55. June 29, 1997 Paris - France / Parc des Princes / Attendance 65,000
56. July 2, 1997 Vienna - Austria / Ernst Happel Stadium / Attendance 50,000
57. July 4, 1997 Munich - Germany / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 70,000
58. July 6, 1997 Munich - Germany / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 70,000
59. July 9, 1997 Sheffield - United Kingdom / Don Valley Stadium / Attendance 45,000
60. July 12, 1997 London - United Kingdom / Wembley Stadium / Attendance 73,000
61. July 15, 1997 London - United Kingdom / Wembley Stadium / Attendance 73,000
62. July 17, 1997 London - United Kingdom / Wembley Stadium / Attendance 73,000
63. July 19, 1997 Dublin - Ireland / Royal Dublin Society / Attendance 40,000
64. July 25, 1997 Basel - Switzerland / St. Jakob Park / Attendance 55,000
65. July 27, 1997 Nice - France / Stade Charles-Ehrmann / Attendance 35,000
66. August 1, 1997 Berlin - Germany / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 77,000
67. August 3, 1997 Leipzig - Germany /  Festwiese / Attendance 60,000
68. August 10, 1997 Hockenheim - Germany / Hockenheimring / Attendance 80,000
69. August 14, 1997 Copenhagen - Denmark / Parken Stadium / Attendance 45,000
70. August 16, 1997 Gothenburg - Sweden / Ullevi / Attendance 50,000
71. August 19, 1997 Oslo - Norway / Valle Hovin / Attendance 45,000
72. August 22, 1997 Tallinn - Estonia / Song Festival Grounds / Attendance 40,000
73. August 24, 1997 Helsinki - Finland / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 50,000
74. August 26, 1997 Helsinki - Finland / Olympic Stadium / Attendance 50,000
75. August 29, 1997 Copenhagen - Denmark / Parken Stadium / Attendance 45,000
76. September 3, 1997 Ostend - Belgium / Hippodrome Wellington / Attendance 55,000
77. September 6, 1997 Valladolid - Spain / José Zorrilla Stadium / Attendance 45,000

Africa

78. October 4, 1997 Cape Town - South Africa / Greenpoint Stadium / Attendance 35,000
79. October 6, 1997 Cape Town - South Africa / Greenpoint Stadium / Attendance 35,000
80. October 10, 1997 Johannesburg - South Africa / Johannesburg Stadium / Attendance 50,000
81. October 12, 1997 Johannesburg - South Africa / Johannesburg Stadium / Attendance 50,000
82. October 15, 1997 Durban - South Africa / Kings Park Stadium
/ Attendance 45,000

Performers:

Lead performer
Vocals, Dance, Choreographer: Michael Jackson

Dancers First Leg:

LaVelle Smith Jnr, Shawnette Heard, Damon Navandi, Courtney Miller, Anthony Talauega, Richmond Talauega, Lori Werner, Jason Yribar, Thorsten Heize.

Second Leg

LaVelle Smith Jnr, Criss Judd, Anthony Talauega, Richmond Talauega, Stacy Walker, Faune Chambers.

Band members:

Musical Director: Brad Buxer
Assistant Musical Director: Kevin Dorsey
Keyboards: Isaiah Sanders, Brad Buxer
Drums: Jonathan Moffett
Guitars: Jennifer Batten, David Williams
Bass: Freddie Washington
Vocal Director: Kevin Dorsey
Vocals: Kevin Dorsey, Dorian Holley, Darryl Phinnesse (First Leg), Freddie White (Second Leg), Marva Hicks (First Leg & Early Second Leg).

Credits:

Tour Produced by Quinta Communications S.A.
Quinta Business Affairs: Brigitte Segal
Tour Executive: Paul Gongaware
Tour Finance: Norman Dugdale
Production Manager: Chris Lamb
Tour Manager: Bernie Boyle
Tour Publicist: Mitch Vannoni

Tour Support:

Lighting: Light and Sound Design
Computer Lights: The OBIE Company
Moving Lights: Vari*lite
Sound: Clair Bros. and Audio Rent
Video: Nocturne
Generators: Showpower
Stage & Trucking: Edwin Shirley
Cam-Track: Ocean State Rigging
Freighting: Rock-It Cargo
Catering: Eat Your Hearts Out
Travel: Mike Hawksworth
Costumes Desgined by:
Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush
Stylist: Tommy Simms
Artist Manager: Tarak Ben Amar


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