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Bad Tour

Bad World Tour


Bad World Tour
[Bad World Tour]

Michael Jackson's first solo world tour.

September 12, 1987 - January 27, 1989

The "Bad" tour spanned the globe with stops in 15 countries on 4 continents, and included 123 concerts to about 4.4 million loving fans.

[A few pictures of the "Bad" World Tour: ]
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Show Conceived & Created by: Michael Jackson
Bad Tour Choreographed by: Michael Jackson
Assistant Choreographer & Staging: Vincent Paterson
Set Designed by: Tom McPhilips
Lighting Designer: Allen Branton
Director of Security: Bill Bray
Hair & Make-up: Karen Faye
Personal Management by: Frank Dileo
Assistant to Michael Jackson: Jolie Levine
Interesting Facts:
The "Bad" World Tour is Michael Jackson's first ever solo tour.

Michael's 1987 - 1989 "Bad" World Tour is the largest tour in history! This tour is also the highest grossing concert tour ever, grossing over US$ 125 million, more than any other entertainer has ever grossed on a single tour!!!

One "Bad" concert in Yokohama, Japan in September 1987 at Yokohama Stadium was recorded by Nippon TV and later televised in many countries. Also televised was Osaka and Tokyo
[Thanks to Mark for the information].

[With Stevie]
  During the "Bad" tour stop in Sydney, Australia, on November 20, 1987 Stevie Wonder made a surprise appearance on stage. Michael and Stevie performed "Just Good Friends" live as a special treat for the lucky fans!
Michael Jackson and  Tatiana Thumbtzen  
[With Tatiana Thumbtzen]
  On March 3, 1988 Michael performed a "private" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. All the proceeds were donated to the United Negro College Fund. Tickets for the show could not be purchased at ticket box offices.

A special lottery system determined who was to receive tickets. During the show, Michael hit the headlines for kissing Tatiana Thumbtzen on stage during a great performance of "The Way You Make Me Feel". [Tatiana Thumbtzen is known from her appearance in Michael's "The Way You Make Me Feel" video clip].

On June 16, 1988 Michael performed a sell-out concert in Basel, Switzerland. Amongst celebrities at this show are Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Dylan. While in Basel, Michael met with Mrs. Oona Chaplin, the widow of one of Michael's all-time heroes, Charlie Chaplin. The Chaplin family moved to Vevey, Switzerland in 1953 [when they purchased the elegant Manoir de Ban on Lake Geneva], during Oona's pregnancy with their fifth child, Eugene.

On September 8, 1988 Michael received a special award by London's Wembley Stadium management for setting a new record for playing more dates at Wembley Stadium than any other artist!! His 7 sell-out concerts were attended by 504'000 people. A distinction that earned him another entry in The Guinness Book Of World Records.

During the "Bad" tour, Michael performed "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" live on stage with background singer Sheryl Crow.

At every "Bad" tour stop, during "She's Out Of My Life", one lucky girl was allowed to dance with Michael on stage.

[Further interesting facts that should be mentioned here? - please feel free to e-mail me... Your help is very much appreciated!!!]


Randy Allaire
Evaldo Garcia
Dominic Lucero
LaVelle Smith

Tour Photographer:
Sam Emerson
Harrison Funk [rejoined Michael in Europe 1988]

Performers / Singers:

Kevin Dorsey

Vocal Director and Asst. Musical Director [Worked on Bad, Dangerous & HIStory Tours]
Signed Artist/writer deal with Quincy Jones and Qwest Records
Performed with, arranged and produced for artists such as Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston...
Film 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...
Assistant Musical Director on 1993 "Dangerous" World Tour
Started working with The Jacksons on the "Victory" tour in 1984, and has been working with Michael Jackson ever since

Dorian Holley

Vocalist [Bad, Dangerous and HIStory Tours]
Recorded 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
Composed film, TV and radio jingles
Toured with Rod Stewart, James Taylor
Composed and produced for S.H.E, new artist on the Shaquille O'Neal label

Darryl Phinnessee

Vocalist [Bad & Dangerous Tours]
Recorded with Toto ["Love Has The Power", "Out Of Love"], Rod Stewart "MTV Unplugged", Don Henley...
Member of the Millennium Choir
Feat. on "Under Suspicion" soundtrack with "Silent Night"
Toured with Rod Stewart, Member of the band

Sheryl Crow
Vocalist [Bad Tour]
Performed "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" live on stage with Michael Jackson at every "Bad" tour stop
Big breakthrough thanks to the chance to go around the world as back-up singer for Michael Jackson's "Bad" tour
Thanks to this, she has been revealed to famous artists such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Don Henley, Foreigner, Rod Stewart. Toured with Bob Dylan [The 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden] and Foreigner
First Solo Album: Tuesday Night Music Club [co-produced by Bill Bottrell who worked with Michael Jackson on the 1991 album "Dangerous"] was released in 1993, first number one hit "All I Wanna Do". Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Other projects: second album "Sheryl Crow" [Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Album], third album "The Globe Sessions" [Grammy Award for Best Rock Album], feat. on James Bond soundtrack with "Tomorrow Never Dies", "Sheryl Crow & Friends: Live in Central Park"
Played select dates on the Rolling Stones' "Bridges To Babylon" tour

Performers / Bandcrew:

Jennifer Batten

Guitar [Bad, Dangerous & HIStory Tours]
Video credits include Natalie Cole's "Wild Women Do", Michael Jackson's "Moonwalker", Sara Hickman's "Take It Like A Man"
1992 joined Michael Jackson again for his "Dangerous" tour and later in 1996/1997 for his "HIStory" tour
Played 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
Solo albums: "Above, Below And Beyond", then recorded an album with blues rock band The Immigrants produced by Michael Sembello. Toured with The Immigrants
Latest solo album: "Tribal Rage"

Jon Clark
Guitar [Bad Tour]

Ricky Lawson
Drums [Bad & Dangerous Tours]
Best known as the drummer for such artists as Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Phil Collins, Babyface, The YellowJackets, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau and many others
One of the most respected songwriters, producers and arrangers in the music industry today
Voted "No. 1 R&B Drummer in the World" and "No. 3 Pop/Mainstream Rock Drummer" by Modern Drummer Magazine 1999 readers poll
Co-founder of the group YellowJackets, Ricky received two Grammy nominations and won a Grammy Award in 1986 for co-writing the hit song "And You Know That" on the album "Shades", which he co-produced
He also co-authored the Pointer Sisters' hit "Uh-Uh" and co-produced the album "Seriously Slammin" and the Fattburger hit "Good News"
Member of Eric Clapton's band
Recorded with Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You", Anita Baker "Sweet Love", James Ingram "I Don't Have The Heart", Lionel Richie "Dancing On The Ceiling". Other writing and/or co-producing credits include tracks for "Only You" Star Trek 5, Barney's Great Adventure - The Movie, as well as Helen Baylor's "There's No Greater Love", and "When You Believe" performed by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey for the soundtrack to "The Prince Of Egypt"
Solo Album: "First Things 1st"
Ricky's motto is "Get it right the first time" which applies to his work ethics, and the goal for his entire life.

Chris Currell
Keyboards [Bad Tour]

Greg Phillinganes
Music Director/Keyboards [Dangerous Tour] [Keyboards Bad Tour]
A top-notch session keyboardist for the past twenty years, turning up mostly on R&B sessions but also some pure pop material
Performed with Michael Jackson on "HIStory", "Dangerous", "Bad", "Thriller", "Off The Wall" and The Jacksons' "Triumph" and "Destiny"
Recorded with: Babyface, George Benson "Living Inside Your Love", Toni Braxton "Secrets", Mariah Carey "Merry Christmas", Eric Clapton ["Something's Happening"], "August", "Journeyman", "24 Nights", "Pilgrim", Exposť "Exposť", George Harrison "Dark Horse Live In Japan", Mick Jagger "Primitive Cool", Jermaine Jackson "Let's Get Serious", Elton John [with Paul Young] ["I'm Your Puppet"], Quincy Jones "The Dude", "Back On The Block", Rickie Lee Jones "The Magazine", Patti LaBelle, "Winner In You", "Burnin' ", Diana Ross "Ross", "Eaten Alive", "Red Hot Rhythm And Blues", Brenda Russell "Kiss Me With The Wind", Paul Simon "The Rhythm Of The Saints", Donna Summer, TLC ["Dear Lie"], "Waiting To Exhale" Soundtrack, Angela Winbush "The Real Thing", Stevie Wonder "Songs In The Key Of Life", "Conversation Peace" and Lionel Ritchie ["Tonight Will Be Alright"] from the "Dancing On The Ceiling" album
Member of Eric Clapton's band, toured as Clapton's keyboardist between 1986 and 1990
Co-writer of ["Restless Sea"] with Jim Wilson
Solo Album "Pulse"

Rory Kaplan
Keyboards [Bad Tour]
Long-time performer, composer, producer, and programmer, has worked closely and performed with some of the most popular and talented artists in the music industry
toured the world with Chick Corea, Jeff Beck and Stanley Clarke, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson
produced Edgar Winter's "The Real Deal" album; written songs for Toto and Jermaine Jackson, performed on albums for Natalie Cole, Yes, Joe Cocker, 4 Non Blondes and Belinda Carlisle...
Digital Theater Systems [DTS], the world's leading supplier of digital sound for motion pictures, has appointed Rory Kaplan as Executive in charge of Artist Relations for the recently formed DTS Entertainment division
Kaplan will act as a liaison to the music industry, as well as work to solicit various music artist to re-release or record new material using DTS Entertainment technology
Additionally, Kaplan will serve as an in-house producer on the music projects produced in DTS Entertainment's multichannel format

Don Boylette
Bass Guitar [Bad & Dangerous Tours]

Bad Tour - Setlist

[1st leg]:
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Things I Do For You
Off The Wall
Human Nature
Heartbreak Hotel
She's Out Of My Life
Jackson 5 Medley [I Want You Back I The Love You Save I I'll Be There]
Rock With You
You Are My Lovely One
Working Day And Night
Beat It
Billie Jean
Shake Your Body [Down To The Ground]
I Just Can't Stop Loving You

[2nd leg]:
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Heartbreak Hotel
Another Part Of Me
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
She's Out Of My Life
Jackson 5 Medley [I Want You Back I The Love You Save I I'll Be There]
Rock With You
Smooth Criminal
Human Nature
Dirty Diana
Working Day And Night
Billie Jean
Beat It
The Way You Make Me Feel
Man In The Mirror
[special thanks to Richard for this information!]

Bad World Tour - Tour Dates:

Check out the full list of Bad World Tour - Tour Dates.

Tour Program: 
[Bad  -  US/Japan Tour Program 1988]

Bad Tour - Review: 
Ebony Magazine April 1989
Read what EBONY - April 1989 - had to say about the legendary Bad Tour which had been announced as Michael's "farewell tour".


Tour Coordinator: Sal Bonafede
Tour Manager: John Draper
Production Manager: Benny Collins
Production Coordinator: Nelson Hayes
Stage Manager: Gerry Bakalian
Set Construction: Tait Towers, Inc.
Attorneys: Ziffren, Brittenham and Branca
Business Management: Gelfand, Rennert and Feldman
Public Relations: Solters/Roskin, Friedman Inc.
V.P. of Communications, MJJ: Bob Jones
Media Relations, Epic Records: Glen Brunman
Tour Advertising & Promotion: Lyon/Stinson
[Entertainment Marketing, Inc.]
Travel Agent: Gretta Walsh Of Revel Travel


Assistant to Michael Jackson: Jolie Levine
MJJ Productions Staff: Miko Brando, Lizabeth Gilbert
Assistant to Mr Dileo: Meredith Besser
TTC Staff: Sheila Copeland
Assistant to Mr Jones: Ron Carter
Executive Director of MJJ Productions: Bill Bray

Tour Support:

Merchandising: Peter Lubin, Brockum
Tourbook Design: Reiner Design Consultants
Photos By: Sam Emerson
Special Thanks: Kenny Rogers

Special Thanks:

Pepsi Cola
Pepsi Representative Aaron Walton
Epic Records

Very Special Thanks to Yamaha
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