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" is the biggest world tour any performer had ever done!!!
Michael's gold costume was designed by Gianni Versace who already designed some clothes for Michael for his "Dangerous" tour.
Two "HIStory" concerts in Munich, Germany on July 4 and 6, 1997 at Olympic Stadium were recorded. The concert [containing footage of both shows] was televised by German TV-channel SAT1 and later in many other countries.
Plus concerts in the following countries were recorded and later shown over network television: Bucharest [Romania] - 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.
Only 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.
There were 160 people working on the Michael Jackson "HIStory" World Tour. In every city another 200 professional stage hands and 200 security officers were hired locally.
The 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!
There 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 kilometers 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.
The sound system, designed by Clair Bros Audio, consists of 150 S-4 cabinets totaling 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.
The 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.
Pyrotechnics 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.
Michael Jackson travels with his own television studio provided by Nocturne 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 includes a computer generated opening specially made for each city, while certain scenic elements are played back on a moving Jumbotron over the stage.
When 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 succinctly: "It's hearing the thunderous applause of the audience on the first night and then hearing it again and again at every show."
1,4 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 500,000.
Musicians Dancers First Leg
Dorian Holley [Vocalist] LaVelle Smith
Fred White [Vocalist] Shawnette Heard
Marva Hicks [Vocalist] Courtney Miller
Jennifer Batten [Guitar] Anthony Talauega
David Williams [Guitar] Richmond Talauega
Brad Buxer [Keyboards] Loru Werner
Isaiah Sanders [Keyboards] Jason Yribar
Freddie Washingto [Bass Guitar]
Jonathan Moffett [Drums]
Dancers Second Leg
Gates Of Kiev
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 Be There]
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
* The Off 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]
* Come Together / D.S. was withdrawn from the show in Bombay [Nov. 1st], Sydney [Nov. 14th and 16th], Brisbane [Nov. 19th] and Tokyo [Dec. 20th]
* Blood On The Dance Floor was withdrawn from the show in Vienna [July 2nd]
**** Dangerous was withdrawn from the show in Tokyo [Dec. 20th]
Show Conceived & Created by: Kenny Ortega and Michael Jackson
Artistic Director: Michael Jackson
HIStory Tour Choreographed by: Michael Jackson and LaVelle Smith
Choreography For "Dangerous" & "They Don't Care About Us": Travis Payne and Michael Jackson
Staged & Directed by: Kenny Ortega and Michael Jackson
Assistant Director: Peggy Holmes
Set Designed by: Michael Cotton and John McGraw
Lighting Designer: Peter Morse
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
Lighting: Light and Sound Design
Computer Lights: The OBIE Company
Moving Lights: Vari*lite
Sound: Clair Bros. and Audio Rent
Stage & Trucking: Edwin Shirley
Cam-Track: Ocean State Rigging
Freighting: Rock-It Cargo
Catering: Eat Your Hearts Out
Travel: Mike Hawksworth
History Tour Dates and Locations
Sept. 07, 1996 Prague [Czech Republic] Letna Parc
Sept. 10, 1996 Budapest [Hungary] Nepstadion Intezmenyei
Sept. 14, 1996 Bucharest [Rumania] National Stadium
Sept. 17, 1996 Moscow [Russia] Dynamo Stadium
Sept. 20, 1996 Warsaw [Poland] Bemowo Airport
Sept. 24, 1996 Zaragoza [Spain] La Romareda
Sept. 28, 1996 Amsterdam [The Netherlands] Amsterdam Arena
Sept. 30, 1996 Amsterdam [The Netherlands] Amsterdam Arena
Oct. 02, 1996 Amsterdam [The Netherlands] Amsterdam Arena
Oct. 07, 1996 Tunis [Tunisia] El Menzah
Oct. 11, 1996 Seoul [South Korea] Chamsil Olympic Stadium
Oct. 13, 1996 Seoul [South Korea] Chamsil Olympic Stadium
Oct. 18, 1996 Taipei [Taiwan] Chungshan Soccer Stadium
Oct. 20, 1996 Kaoshung [Taiwan] Open Air Field
Oct. 22, 1996 Taipei [Taiwan] Chungshan Soccer Stadium
Oct. 25, 1996 Singapore [Singapore] National Stadium
Oct. 27, 1996 Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] Merdeka Stadium
Oct. 29, 1996 Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] Merdeka Stadium
Nov. 01, 1996 Bombay [India] Andheri Sports Complex
Nov. 05, 1996 Bangkok [Thailand] Muang Thong Thani City Center
Nov. 09, 1996 Auckland [New Zealand] Ericson Stadium
Nov. 11, 1996 Auckland [New Zealand] Ericson Stadium
Nov. 14, 1996 Sydney [Australia] SCG
Nov. 16, 1996 Sydney [Australia] SCG
Nov. 19, 1996 Brisbane [Australia] ANZ Stadium
Nov. 22, 1996 Melbourne [Australia] MCG
Nov. 24, 1996 Melbourne [Australia] MCG
Nov. 26, 1996 Adelaide [Australia] Adelaide Oval
Nov. 30, 1996 Perth [Australia] Burswood Dome
Dec. 02, 1996 Perth [Australia] Burswood Dome
Dec. 04, 1996 Perth [Australia] Burswood Dome
Dec. 08, 1996 Manila [Philippines] Paranaque City/Asia World
Dec. 10, 1996 Manila [Philippines] Paranaque City/Asia World
Dec. 12, 1996 Tokyo [Japan] Tokyo Dome
Dec. 15, 1996 Tokyo [Japan] Tokyo Dome
Dec. 17, 1996 Tokyo [Japan] Tokyo Dome
Dec. 20, 1996 Tokyo [Japan] Tokyo Dome
Dec. 26, 1996 Fukuoka [Japan] Fukuoka Dome
Dec. 28, 1996 Fukuoka [Japan] Fukuoka Dome
Dec. 31, 1996 Bandar Seri Begawan [Brunei] Jerudong Park
Jan. 03, 1997 Honolulu [Hawaii/USA] Aloha Bowl
Jan. 04, 1997 Honolulu [Hawaii/USA] Aloha Bowl
May 31, 1997 Bremen [Germany] Weserstadion
June 03, 1997 Cologne [Germany] Mungersdorfer Stadium
June 06, 1997 Bremen [Germany] Weserstadion
June 08, 1997 Amsterdam [The Netherlands] Amsterdam Arena
June 10, 1997 Amsterdam [The Netherlands] Amsterdam Arena
June 13, 1997 Kiel [Germany] Nordmarksportfield
June 15, 1997 Gelsenkirchen [Germany] Parkstadion
June 18, 1997 Milan [Italy] San Siro Stadium
June 20, 1997 Lausanne [Switzerland] La Pontaise Stadium
June 22, 1997 Bettembourg [Luxembourg] Krakelschaff
June 25, 1997 Lyon [France] Gerland Stadium
June 27, 1997 Paris [France] Parc des Princes
June 29, 1997 Paris [France] Parc des Princes
July 02, 1997 Vienna [Austria] Ernst-Happel Stadium
July 04, 1997 Munich [Germany] Olympic Stadium
July 06, 1997 Munich [Germany] Olympic Stadium
July 09, 1997 Sheffield [England, U.K.] Don Valley Stadium
July 12, 1997 London [England, U.K.] Wembley Stadium
July 15, 1997 London [England, U.K.] Wembley Stadium
July 17, 1997 London [England, U.K.] Wembley Stadium
July 19, 1997 Dublin [Ireland] RDS
July 25, 1997 Basel [Switzerland] Saint Jakobs Stadium
July 27, 1997 Nice [France] Stade de l'Ouest
Aug. 01, 1997 Berlin [Germany] Olympic Stadium
Aug. 03, 1997 Leipzig [Germany] Festwiese
Aug. 10, 1997 Hockenheim [Germany] Hockenheimring
Aug. 14, 1997 Copenhagen [Denmark] Parken
Aug. 16, 1997 Gothenburg [Sweden] Ullevi
Aug. 19, 1997 Oslo [Norway] Valle Hovin
Aug. 22, 1997 Tallinn [Estonia] Song Festival Grounds
Aug. 24, 1997 Helsinki [Finland] Olympic Stadium
Aug. 26, 1997 Helsinki [Finland] Olympic Stadium
Aug. 29, 1997 Copenhagen [Denmark] Parken
Sept. 03, 1997 Ostend [Belgium] Wellington Hypodrome
Sept. 06, 1997 Valladolid [Spain] Nuevo Jose Zorrilla Stadium
Oct. 04, 1997 Cape Town [South Africa] Greenpoint Stadium
Oct. 06, 1997 Cape Town [South Africa] Greenpoint Stadium
Oct. 10, 1997 Johannesburg [South Africa] Johannesburg Stadium
Oct. 12, 1997 Johannesburg [South Africa] Johannesburg Stadium
Oct. 15, 1997 Durban [South Africa] King's Park Stadium