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Newsweek April 1989 Review of the Bad Tour

[Read what EBONY - April 1989 - had to say about the legendary Bad Tour]:

Megastar entertainer drew 4.4 million fans, earned $125 million on Bad tour, now says he will retire from stage to marke records, films

It had been announced as the "farewell concert," and the crowd that jammed the Los Angeles Sports Arena showed its love: "Michael! Michael!" the thousands chanted as the stage smoke cleared, the lights and lasers dimmed, and Michael Jackson, exhausted after two hours of nonstop singing and dancing, made his way to his dressing room.

The man now called "the greatest entertainer in the world" had just sung the last note dazzled with the final "moonwalk" of a grueling, 16-month tour that had taken him almost around the world for 123 concerts in 15 countries that drew 4.4 million fans and grossed $ 125 million -- more than any other entertainer has ever grossed on a single tour.

After some kind words and embraces for the family and friends he had invited backstage, Michael said his thanks and goodbyes to the crew of his "Bad" tour, then sped off into the night to rest before beginning work on new album and movie projects.

The tour, Michael's first without his brother -- Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Randy of The Jacksons -- began in Japan in the fall of 1987 and moved to Australia, the U.S. and Europe, then back to Japan before ending in January in Los Angeles.

The Japanese, who turned out 450,000 strong to see him were as affected by "Michaelmania" as the other four million who jammed stadiums on several continents, sometimes paying "scalpers" as much as $1,000 for a ticket, many of which had been forged.

The concert frenzy boosted sales of Michael's Bad album to more than 20 million [his Thriller album has sold some 40 million world-wide, and is the biggest-selling album in history], spawning an unprecedented five No. 1 singles: "I Can't Stop Loving You," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Bad," "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana," and helping sales of his autobiography, Moonwalk [some 450,000 copies have been sold in 14 countries], and video, Moonwalker, which has sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

Wherever he appeared, Michael drew celebrities in droves: Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Ava Gardner, Joan Collins and Harrison Ford in London; Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida [who had not spoken to each other in years until Michael brought them together for a photo] in Rome; Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Dylan in Geneva; Grace Jones and designer Patrick Kelly in Paris; opera star Placido Domingo in Hamburg; Altovise Davis and roger Moore in Nice, and Gregory Peck, Barbara Streisand, Sylvester Stallone and Sidney Poitier in Los Angeles.
 

At most stops, Michael showed his concern for underprivilaged children by inviting them to concerts as his personal guests and by contributing to hospitals, orphanages and other charities. In New York, he donated $600,000 to the United Negro College Fund, boosting the UNCF/Michael Jackson Scholars program that now funds the education of 78 students at Black colleges.

It is no exaggeration to say that much of the entire world waits to see if, at age 30, after 25 years in the spotlight, Michael will indeed "retire."

Or as with Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Frank Sinatra and others, will the familiar roar of the crowd bring him back on stage for at least one more encore.
 
 
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