Dates: -1st leg [September 7, 1996 - January 4, 1997] -2nd leg [May 31, 1997 - October 15, 1997]
The "HIStory" tour spanned the globe with stops
in 56 cities, 35 countries on 5 continents, and included
82 concerts to about 4.5 million loving fans.
Michael Jackson's "HIStory" World Tour was the
biggest world tour any [!] performer had ever done!!!
few pictures of the "HIStory" World
Conceived & Created by:
Ortega and Michael Jackson
Tour Choreographed by:
Jackson and LaVelle Smith
For "Dangerous" & "They Don't Care About Us":
Payne and Michael Jackson
& Directed by:
Ortega and Michael Jackson
Cotton and John McGraw
Peter Morse, the lighting designer who has worked with Madonna
and Janet Jackson among others, fine tuned the show for
several weeks with Michael Jackson.
"Michael wanted a theatrical look to this show, while maintaining
the technology of the 90's, so the lighting is made up of
the latest in technological advancements but the lights
hang in a traditionally theatrical way. The lighting is
designed specifically to give a very white light. Most theatrical
lighting is warm or yellowish by comparison, on this set
the light is 'daylight level' or 5600 degrees kelvin."
Costumes Desgined by:
Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush
hours after kicking off the Australian leg of his "HIStory"
World Tour on November 14, 1996 Michael married Debbie Rowe in
a civil ceremony in his presidential suite at the Sheraton-on-the-Park
Hotel in Sydney.
Michael's gold costume was designed by Gianni Versace who already
designed some clothes for Michael for his "Dangerous" tour.
Michael's two "HIStory" concerts in Munich, Germany on
July 4 + 6, 1997 at Olympic Stadium were recorded. The concert
[containing footage of both shows] was televised by German TV-channel
SAT. 1 and later in many other countries.
Plus concerts in the following countries were recorded and later
shown over network television: Bucharest [Rumania] - Sept. 14,
1996, Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] - Oct. 1996, Auckland [New Zealand]
- Nov. 1996, Manila [Philippines] - Dec. 1996, Copenhagen [Denmark]
- Aug. 1997, Gothenburg [Sweden] - Aug. 16, 1997 and Helsinki
[Finland] - Aug. 1997.
One "HIStory" concert in Seoul, South Korea in 1996 at
Chamsil Olympic Stadium was recorded and a VHS video cassette
[NTSC] of this great concert was commercially released by Sony
Music for the Asian market.
At every "HIStory" tour stop, during "You Are Not Alone",
one lucky girl was allowed to dance with Michael on stage.
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Dancers [1st leg - 1996]:
[2nd leg - 1997]:
John K. Isaac
Performers / Singers:
Kevin Dorsey Vocal Director and Asst. Musical Director [Worked on
Bad, Dangerous & HIStory Tours]
Artist/writer deal with Quincy Jones and Qwest Records
with, arranged and produced for artists such as Michael
Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston...
work [performing and arranging music and/or vocals]
includes: Forest Gump, Lion King, Appollo 13, Out
Of Africa, The Colour Purple, Power Of One, Ghost
Busters Part II, When Harry Met Sally...
Musical Director on 1993 "Dangerous" World Tour
working with The Jacksons on the "Victory" tour in
1984, and has been working with Michael Jackson ever
Vocalist [Bad, Dangerous and HIStory Tours]
with Puff Johnson, Lionel Ritchie, Gladys Knight, Nona Hendryx,
Aaron Neville, Johnny Carson, Oprah Winfrey, Thomas Dolby,
Jellybean, Robert Townsend, K.T Oslinm, Jay Leno, Dolly
Parton, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder
film, TV and radio jingles
with Rod Stewart, James Taylor
and produced for S.H.E, new artist on the Shaquille O'Neal
Vocalist [HIStory Tour]
Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Stephanie Mills, Toto, Vesta,
Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, George Michael, Tramaine
Hawkins, Patti Austin, Babyface, Stevie Wonder
Bonnie Raitt "Nick Of Time", Phil Collins "Something Happened
On The Way To Heaven", "Hang In Long Enough" Concert in
Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker,
Al Jarreau, Johnny Mathis, Gerald Albright, Jasmine Guy,
Randy Travis, Patti Labelle
Vocalist [HIStory Tour]
tour with Stevie Wonder as background vocalist and featured
album on Polygram, with one top ten hit "Never Been In Love
appearances inlude LA Law, Star Trek, Alien Nation, The
Bold & The Beautiful
Musical Director/Keyboards [Dangerous & HIStory Tours]
for Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, David
Hasselhoff, Yoshiki, Teena Marie
of Stevie Wonder's band since 1985
of Michael Jackson's band since 1992
and musical director for Superbowl 27's Halftime show featuring
Michael Jackson, as well as for Superbowl 30 featuring Diana
"Blood On The Dance Floor", "Stranger In Moscow", "They
Don't Care About Us", "Black Or White", "Heal The World"
with Michael Jackson
director and arranger for soundtrack to "Ghosts" film
Guitar [Bad, Dangerous & HIStory Tours]
credits include Natalie Cole's "Wild Women Do", Michael
Jackson's "Moonwalker", Sara Hickman's "Take It Like A Man"
"Bad" tour with Michael Jackson's band touring the world
for 1 ½ years playing to over 4.4 million people
joined Michael Jackson again for his "Dangerous" tour
with Michael Jackson in the Superbowl 27's Halftime entertainment
to 1.5 billion people in 80 nations around the world - the
largest television audience in history
albums: "Above, Below And Beyond", then recorded an album
with blues rock band The Immigrants produced by Michael
Sembello. Toured with The Immigrants
solo album: "Tribal Rage"
Guitar [Dangerous & HIStory Tours]
up band with The Temptations
on "Off The Wall", "Thriller", "Triumph", "Victory", "Bad"
and "Dangerous", and on Bryan Ferry's "Mamouna" tour
in the 1993 Superbowl with Michael Jackson
musicians for Madonna's 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour
and/or produced cuts for Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jacksons,
George Howard, Boz Scaggs, Michelle Gayle
with Bryan Ferry on "Baton Noir", "Taxi", "Mamouna", plus
album and new single for "All For One"
Keyboards [HIStory Tour]
composer and arranger
with The Emotions
term member of Stevie Wonder band, recording six platinum
albums with him
1993 he began touring with Michael Jackson on "Dangerous"
with artists such as Dionne Warwick, Jermaine Jackson
band musician to Coolio, Jon Secada, Bob Dylan, D'Angelo,
Zane and Eternal
various TV commercials
Bass Guitar [HIStory Tour]
of credits include Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie
& Kenny Loggins
Album awarded for his song "Someone For Me" recorded by
Album Award for the song "Forget-Me-Nots" as featured in
Tom Hanks film "Big" and "Better Late Than Never" and featured
in Eddie Murphy's "Coming To America"
Drums [HIStory Tour]
with The Jackson Family in 1979
1979-1990 he has performed in concert on 16 major tours
including the world famous Jacksons "Victory" tour
also toured with Patti Austin, Cameo, Lionel Richie, Madonna,
Jermaine Jackson, Elton John, George Michael and Janet Jackson
Tour - Setlist
They Don't Care About Us
She Drives Me Wild / In The Closet
Wanna Be Starting Somethin'
Stranger In Moscow
Interlude: "The Wind"
You Are Not Alone
The Way You Make Me Feel [From
September 07, 1996 to June 15, 1997]
Jackson 5 Medley [I Want You Back I The Love You Save I I'll
Off The Wall Medley * [Rock With You I Off The Wall I
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough] [From
September 07, 1996 to June 10, 1997]
Interlude: Remember The Time
Come Together ** / D.S. [From
September 07, 1996 to December 31, 1996]
Blood On The Dance Floor *** [From
May 31, 1997 to August 19, 1997]
Interlude: Black Or White Video [2nd Part]
Interlude: Black Or White Video [1st Part]
Black Or White
Interlude: We Are The World
Heal The World HIStory
The Wall Medley was withdrawn from the show in Tunis [Oct.
7th], Bombay [Nov. 1st], Sydney [Nov. 14th and 16th], Brisbane
[Nov. 19th] and Tokyo [Dec. 20th]
Together / D.S. was withdrawn from the show in Bombay [Nov.
1st], Sydney [Nov. 14th and 16th], Brisbane [Nov. 19th]
and Tokyo [Dec. 20th]
On The Dance Floor was withdrawn from the show in Vienna
was withdrawn from the show in Tokyo [Dec. 20th]
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A few facts and figures on how it's put together:
are 160 people working on the Michael Jackson "HIStory"
World Tour. In every city another 200 professional
stage hands and 200 security officers are hired
logistics for such a huge show require an almost military-style
organisation! In any given week, three different stages
are either up, going up or coming down. Moving the custom
designed steel and scaffolding requires 7 trucks per
stage each weighing 200 tons which takes 3 days to
build, 24 hour to set up the elements of the show [backline,
lights, sound, band gear, pyro, video] and 24 hours to
de-rig. Once built, the set weighs 550 tons. A further
22 trucks carry the backline, sound, lights, rigging,
video, pyrotechnics and band gear. That's a total of
43 trucks carrying 1'200 tons of equipment!
are 14 people working the lights who are controlling about
1'000 fixtures and assorted equipment under the direction
of Michael Keller, the lighting director. The whole
system uses about 35 kilometres of cable and weighs 3'200kg.
It takes 5 trucks to transport all the equipment, and
load in of the lighting system takes about 8 hours the
day before the show, with all fixtures getting individually
focused after dark.
sound system, designed by Clair Bros Audio,
consists of 150 S-4 cabinets totalling 400'000 watts
of power and weighing 30 tons. There are also 50 sub low
cabinets specially designed to create a sensoround
effect. The sound engineer,Trip Khalaf
has worked with Madonna, Steely Dan and Queen.
stage was built by UK based Edwin Shirley Staging,
who transmitted by computer graphics back to England any
changes and modifications needed for construction of the
stages during the rehearsals held in L.A.
are an important element of the show, 4 people handle
over 500 shots a night, the noise effects are comparable
to a TNT explosion bringing down a 3 storey building.
For Pyritz, the company who have worked on every
Michael Jackson tour, safety is of prime concern, and
their safety record proves it. The stage may well look
like it's totally destroyed, but no damage actually occurs.
Jackson travels with his own television studio
provided byNocturne Productions. 4 broadcast
cameras capture Michael's every move on stage transmitting
them to 2 large Jumbotron screens flanking the stage on
either side. Directed by Paul Becher, the screens enable
the audience to see every detail of what's happening on
the stage no matter where they are sitting. The video
portion of the show include a computer generated opening
specially made for each city, while certain scenic
elements are played back on a moving Jumbotron over the
asked what satisfies him most, Chris Lamb, the
production manager, in charge of every aspect of
putting on the biggest show on earth, says it very
succintly: "It's hearing the thunderous applause of
the audience on the first night and then hearing it again
and again at every show."
million people went to the Michael Jackson HIStory tour
which started in Prague on September 7, 1996. A further
2 million people are expected to come during the second
leg of the tour which started in Bremen on 31st May 1997,
and sales of tickets in Germany alone have already reached