Destiny World Tour

The Destiny World Tour was the third concert tour by the Jacksons to promote the group's Destiny album. The tour began on January 22, 1979, with their opening concert in Bremen, West Germany. They visited 3 continents and 9 countries, playing 83 concerts in the United States alone. The tour concluded in Hawaii on January 13, 1980.

Destiny World Tour
Tour by The Jacksons
Associated albumDestiny
Off the Wall (starting with the October 2nd concert)
Start dateJanuary 22, 1979
End dateJanuary 13, 1980
Legs3
No. of shows129
Box officeUS $7.5 million ($28 in 2021 dollars)[1]
The Jacksons concert chronology
  • Goin' Places Tour
    (1978)
  • Destiny World Tour
    (1979–80)
  • Triumph Tour
    (1981)

OverviewEdit

The tour began on January 22, 1979, in Bremen, West Germany shortly after the release of the Destiny album the previous December. The tour visited three continents including concerts in Africa and Europe before taking on a 79-city tour in the United States. The Jacksons took a four-month break from touring starting June 1979 so lead singer Michael Jackson could finish working on his solo album Off the Wall. The first leg of the tour saw the Jacksons playing moderate sized arenas, such as the Valley Forge Music Fair in Philadelphia which seats 3,000, but after the release of Michael's album Off the Wall, the brothers revamped their show for larger arenas. For the second leg, additional songs were added to the setlist, most notably songs from Michael's new album. The opening act in the second leg was L.T.D. The tour grossed an estimated 7.5 million dollars.

Set listEdit

North America[2][3]
  1. “Dancing Machine”
  2. ”Things I Do For You”
  3. “Get It Together”
  4. Off The Wall
  5. “Ben”
  6. “I Am Love”
  7. “Keep on Dancing”
  8. I Wanna Be Where You Are
  9. “Daddy’s Home”
  10. Medley: “I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save”
  11. “I’ll Be There”
  12. Rock With You
  13. “Enjoy Yourself”
  14. “Blame It on the Boogie”
  15. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  16. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue
Europe[4][5][6]
January 22, 1979 Amsterdam Netherlands Musical Theater Bremen
January 24, 1979
January 26, 1979
January 27, 1979 Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
January 28, 1979 Madrid Spain Teatro Monumental
January 29, 1979
January 30, 1979
January 31, 1979 Groningen Netherlands MartiniPlaza
February 1, 1979 Amsterdam Koninklijk Theater Carré
February 2, 1979
February 10, 1979 Brighton United Kingdom Brighton Centre
February 11, 1979 Preston Preston Guild Hall
February 12, 1979 Wakefield Theatre Royal
February 13, 1979 Sheffield Fiesta Nightclub
February 14, 1979 Geneva Switzerland Victoria Hall
February 15, 1979
February 16, 1979 Glasgow United Kingdom The Apollo
February 17, 1979 Manchester Manchester Apollo
February 18, 1979 Birmingham Bingley Hall
February 19, 1979 Leeds Queens Hall
February 20, 1979 Leicester De Montfort Hall
February 21, 1979 Cardiff Sophia Gardens Pavilion
February 23, 1979 London Rainbow Theatre
February 24, 1979
February 25, 1979 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
February 26, 1979 Amsterdam Netherlands Koninklijk Theater Carré
February 29, 1979 Avignon France Théâtre des Carmes
March 2, 1979 Paris Le Palace
Africa[6]
March 6, 1979 Soweto South Africa Orlando Stadium
March 7, 1979
March 8, 1979
March 9, 1979
March 10, 1979
March 12, 1979 Dakar Senegal Stade de l'Amitié
March 13, 1979
March 14, 1979
March 15, 1979
March 16, 1979 Cape Town South Africa Green Point Stadium
March 17, 1979
March 19, 1979 Soweto Orlando Stadium
March 20, 1979
March 21, 1979
North America[7]
April 14, 1979 Inglewood United States Music Hall
April 15, 1979
April 19, 1979 [Daly City, California|Daly City]] Valley Forge Music Fair
April 22, 1979
April 25, 1979 Las Vegas Arie Crown Theater
April 26, 1979
April 27, 1979
April 28, 1979
April 29, 1979
May 3, 1979 Phoenix Bayfront Center
May 6, 1979 Tucson Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 10, 1979 St. Louis Houston Music Hall
May 12, 1979
May 16, 1979 Birmingham Birmingham Municipal Auditorium
May 17, 1979 Columbus Municipal Auditorium
May 18, 1979 Memphis War Memorial Auditorium
May 19, 1979 Atlanta Atlanta Civic Center
May 20, 1979 Jacksonville Orpheum Theatre
May 24, 1979 Orlando Saenger Theatre
May 26, 1979 Lakeland Municipal Auditorium
May 27, 1979 Columbia Oklahoma State Fair Arena
May 30, 1979 Raleigh Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium
June 1, 1979 Norfolk Chrysler Hall
June 3, 1979 Baltimore Township Auditorium
June 8, 1979 Hampton Belk Gymnasium
June 9, 1979 Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre
June 10, 1979 Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium
October 2, 1979 Louisville Municipal Auditorium
October 3, 1979
October 4, 1979 Landover Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
October 5, 1979 Charlotte Mobile Municipal Auditorium
October 6, 1979 Nashville Von Braun Civic Center
October 7, 1979 Mobile Louisville Gardens
October 12, 1979 New Orleans Spectrum
October 13, 1979 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial
October 14, 1979 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
October 15, 1979 Philadelphia Saginaw Civic Center
October 19, 1979 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
October 20, 1979 Columbia Kiel Auditorium
October 21, 1979 Dayton UD Arena
October 25, 1979 Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum
October 26, 1979 Syracuse Onondaga County War Memorial
October 27, 1979 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
October 28, 1979 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
November 1, 1979 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
November 2, 1979 Chicago Chicago Stadium
November 3, 1979 Cleveland Public Auditorium
November 4, 1979 Detroit Cobo Arena
November 5, 1979
November 6, 1979 Fayetteville Baltimore Civic Center
November 8, 1979 Richmond Richmond Coliseum
November 9, 1979 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 10, 1979 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
November 11, 1979 Detroit Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium
November 14, 1979 Evansville Tarrant County Convention Center
November 15, 1979 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex
November 16, 1979 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
November 17, 1979 Shreveport Burton Coliseum
November 19, 1979 Houston The Summit
November 20, 1979 Dallas Municipal Auditorium
November 21, 1979 Greenville Greenville Memorial Auditorium
November 22, 1979 Savannah Savannah Civic Center
November 23, 1979 Macon Macon Coliseum
November 24, 1979 Portland Nashville Municipal Auditorium
November 25, 1979 New York City Omni Coliseum
November 29, 1979 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
November 30, 1979 Mobile Mobile Civic Center
December 2, 1979 Irvine[disambiguation needed] Honolulu International Center
December 6, 1979 Portland Memorial Coliseum
December 8, 1979 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
December 9, 1979 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
December 13, 1979 San Francisco United States Swing Auditorium
December 14, 1979 Glendale Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 15, 1979 Denver San Diego Sports Arena
December 16, 1979 Los Angeles Oracle Arena
December 18, 1979 Inglewood The Forum
December 21, 1979 Mexico City Mexico Haynes Oval
January 11, 1980 Mexico City Mexico NBC Blaisdell Arena
January 12, 1980
January 13, 1980

Cancelled datesEdit

List of cancelled concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, and reason for cancellation
Date City Country Venue Reason
November 18, 1979 Houston United States The Summit Illness with the band

PersonnelEdit

Band membersEdit

First leg

  • Bass: Michael McKinney
  • Additional Guitar: Bud Rizzo
  • Keyboards: James McField
  • Drums: Tony Lewis

Second leg

  • Drums: Jonathan Moffett
  • Additional Guitar: Bud Rizzo
  • Bass: Michael McKinney
  • Keyboards: James McField
  • Horns: (East Coast Horns): Wesley Phillips, Cloris Grimes, Alan (Funt) Prater, Roderick (Mac) McMorris

ReferencesEdit

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