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Triumph Tour

Triumph Tour: July 9th - September 26th, 1981.

The Triumph Tour was a concert tour by The Jacksons, covering the United States from July 9 to September 26, 1981. The tour grossed a total of $5.5 million, setting a record breaking 4 sold out concerts in Los Angeles, California.

The Triumph Tour began in Memphis, Tennessee and ended with a sold-out week of shows in Los Angeles, California. The tour was given great reviews upon every show in part due to Michael's leadership and showmanship. The brothers also came in for praise, particularly Randy and Tito's musicality and Marlon's dance ability. The tour also marked the last truly integrated group effort as Michael's solo career would soon eclipse his success with his brothers. The tour was so well-received and popular that Epic had the brothers record one of the shows (though it's not entirely clear where the recording took place in one show or on a bevy of other tours that were put together for the recording. However it was rumored that the tracks were recorded during stops in Memphis, New York City, Buffalo and Atlanta.

Space-age set, inspired by the film 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind', designed by Michael - he also brought in magician Doug Henning, to work on the show's special effects.

The live album, 'The Jacksons Live'!, came out in the winter of 1981 and eventually went gold. After the tour ended, Michael went back to record his follow-up to 'Off The Wall'. It would be three years before The Jacksons would go back on the road again. Rolling Stone later named the Triumph Tour one of the best 25 tours of 1957-1987.

Set list

1. Can You Feel It
2. Things I Do for You
3. Off the Wall
4. Ben
5. This Place Hotel
6. She's Out of My Life
7. I Want You Back/  ABC / The Love You Save / I'll Be There (Including a movie featuring clips from Never Can Say Goodbye and Got to Be There)
8. Rock With You
9. Lovely One
10. Workin' Day and Night
11. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
12. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

Tour dates:

Triumph Tour TicketNorth America

1. July 8, 1981 Memphis - Tennessee / Mid-South Coliseum / Attendance 11,000
2. July 10, 1981 Oklahoma City / MCC Arena
3. July 11, 1981 Dallas / Reunion Arena
4. July 12, 1981 Houston / The Summit
5. July 15, 1981 San Antonio / HemisFair Arena
6. July 17, 1981 Batan Rouge / Riverside Centroplex
7. July 18, 1981 Mobil / Municipal Auditorium
8. July 22, 1981 Atlanta - Georgia / The Omni Coliseum / Attendance 16,000
9. July 24, 1981 Greensboro / Greensboro Coliseum
10. July 25, 1981 Charlotte - North Carolina
11. July 26, 1981 Hampton - Virginia / Hampton Coliseum
12. July 28, 1981 Lakeland / Lakeland Civic Center
13. July 31, 1981 Washington D.C. - USA / Capital Centre
14. August 1, 1981 Washington D.C. - USA / Capital Centre
15. August 2, 1981 Buffalo - New York
16. August 4, 1981 Richmond / Richmond Coliseum
17. August 5, 1981 Toronto - Canada
18. August 7, 1981 Uniondale / Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
19. August 8, 1981 Cincinnati / Riverfront Coliseum
20. August 10, 1981 Columbus / Veterans Memorial Auditorium
21. August 12, 1981 Atlanta - Georgia / The Omni Coliseum / Attendance 16,000
22. August 15, 1981 Philadelphia - Pennsylvania / The Spectrum
23. August 16, 1981 Providence / Providence Civic Center
24. August 18, 1981 New York City - New York / Madison Square Garden / Attendance 19,000
25. August 19, 1981 New York City - New York / Madison Square Garden / Attendance 19,000
26. August 22, 1981 Chicago / Chicago Stadium
27. August 26, 1981 Milwaukee - Wisconsin / Milwaukee Arena
28. August 28, 1981 Indianapolis / Market Square Arena
29. August 29, 1981 Detroit - Michigan / Joe Louis Arena
30. August 31, 1981 Nashville - Tennessee / Nashville's Municipal Auditorium
31. September 2, 1981 St. Louis / The Checkerdome
32. September 3, 1981 Denver / McNichols Arena
33. September 5, 1981 Chicago / Chicago Stadium
34. September 7, 1981 Paradise Las Vegas Convention Center
35. September 8, 1981 Kansas City - Missouri / Kemper Arena
36. September 16, 1981 San Diago - San Diego Sports Arena
37. September 17, 1981 Daily City / Cow Palace
38. September 18, 1981 Los Angeles - California / The Forum / Attendance 18,000
39. September 19, 1981 Los Angeles - California / The Forum / Attendance 18,000
40. September 25, 1981 Los Angeles - California / The Forum / Attendance 18,000
41. September 26, 1981 Los Angeles - California / The Forum / Attendance 18,000

Performers:

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

Band members:

Drums: Jonathan Moffett
Bass: Michael McKinney
Guitar: David Williams
Synthesizer: Bill Wolfer
Horns: (East Coast Horns): Wesley Phillips, Cloris Grimes, Alan (Funt) Prater, Roderick (Mac) McMorris


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