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Live at Wembley July 16, 1988 is a live concert DVD by American recording artist Michael Jackson released on September 18, 2012. The DVD was included with the Bad 25 reissue, as well as a stand-alone DVD. This is the third tour by Jackson to be released on a home format (the first two being the first leg performance of the DVD Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour and the VHS HIStory World Tour: Live in Seoul). The recording is a performance of the Bad tour, performing songs from the album Bad. The music video for the song "Another Part of Me" features footage from other concerts in Wembley as well as Paris.

Live at Wembley July 16, 1988
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ReleasedSeptember 18, 2012
RecordedJuly 16, 1988
VenueWembley Stadium
(London, England)
GenrePop, rock, soul
LabelEpic, Legacy, Sony, Optimum Productions
Michael Jackson chronology
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Live at Wembley July 16, 1988

This particular concert took place on July 16, 1988, at Wembley Stadium in Wembley, London, to a sold-out crowd of 72,000, which included Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales. Jackson originally removed "Dirty Diana" from this night's performance, worried that he would offend Princess Diana or the royal family. However, the princess informed Jackson it was her favorite song. In an interview, Jackson stated that he was unable to put the song into the set, which led some fans to believe "Dirty Diana" was not performed on July 16. However, leaked audio snippets prove that the song was re-added to the setlist.[1][2]

In addition to the full July 16 concert, the DVD also includes "The Way You Make Me Feel", from the previous night on July 15 (the song was not performed on July 16 due to a late start of the show) and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", and "Bad", performed on September 26, 1987, in Yokohama, Japan. The Bad 25 deluxe package also contains a CD of the audio from the July 16 concert as well, with audio edited down to 80 minutes from the original 2 hours.

Audio/video controversyEdit

According to the official Bad 25 statement released by the Estate of Michael Jackson, the video is sourced from Jackson's personal VHS copy of the show, the only known copy in existence. The audio, however, has been sourced by a high-quality multitrack recording, snippets of which have leaked online in mid-2011 to positive fan reception; some of this is from the preceding concert on July 15. Both the July 15 and 16 concerts are the only known multitrack audio recordings of the Bad tour.

Some fans have taken concern over the video quality of the DVD, after a portion of Jackson's performance of "Bad" from the DVD was shown on ITV. On May 31, 2012, co-heads of Jackson's estate, John McClain and John Branca, released an official statement regarding the quality concerns. It was revealed that, due to poor storage and possible carelessness, dozens of U-matic performance masters (including those from Wembley) could not be located, confirming that Jackson's VHS copy is the only known copy of the concert.

McClain and Branca also revealed that multiple U-matic masters of other performances from the tour did exist, but were unusable. One of the few usable master recordings the Estate possesses from the Bad tour was the performance in Yokohama, Japan in 1987. However, the Estate opted not to release this, as they considered it to be nothing more than a modified version of the Victory Tour with three extra songs. This concert also aired on Japanese television. As a result, the Estate stated that a video enhancement lab was hired to restore the VHS copy of Wembley.[3][4]

Critical receptionEdit

Critical reception on the concert itself has mostly been positive. Chaz Lipp described the concert as "simply incredible from start to finish." There has still been a mixed reaction among some fans with regard to the quality of the video. Some felt that the original U-matic video elements should have been located before the release was authorized.

Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times criticized the audio mix "It's a solid, if thinly recorded, document that lacks sonic heft. The rhythm section sounds a mile away, and lacks the pop of a well-recorded concert".[5]

Michael Jones of Blog Critics had this to say "These two recordings just exude pure energy and while watching it I’m thunderstruck by how effortless this lithe little man seems to make spending over two hours singing and dancing his absolute heart out for thousands of adoring fans. (I get tired just lip-syncing and trying to do the occasional move with just my arms, while watching.)" [6] The Second Disc had a glowing review of the Wembley DVD saying "The picture quality is clearly that of a videocassette, but it doesn’t detract from a stunning performance, and the camera work is generally strong with well-chosen angles. Within moments of opening with “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” Jackson is posing, gyrating, spinning, kicking, stomping and slithering with a sleek fleetness of foot that whips the audience into a frenzied state. He’s both graceful and sexually charged, and he is the production.While the singer appears to be lip-synching to a handful of the songs, his performance is, largely, overwhelming and frequently playful. The remarkably well-sequenced concert shows Jackson as an utterly comfortable presence, smiling and taking the stage with ease. There’s very little patter as he prefers to concentrate on his angular, Bob Fosse-in-the-future choreographic moves and unstoppable anthems. By the time he dons his famous glove and launches into that mesmerizing moonwalk on “Billie Jean,” it seems that Jackson can’t possibly give any more. But he does, dancing with a chorus line of kids in the closing “Bad” and literally dropping to the floor for the encore of “Man in the Mirror.” " [7]

Evan Sawdey of PopMatters gave a positive review of the DVD giving it a 7 out of 10 saying " Here, Jackson is at the peak of his powers, absolutely bursting with energy. Extended dance breaks are added into the songs, his backing quartet of dancers are extremely precise, and yes, that’s 80s Sheryl Crow coming out to duet with him on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You...Yet the show is remarkably fun, and relatively fast-paced. There are multiple costume changes throughout, with Jackson wearing whatever jacket is appropriate for the song he’s singing (a letterman jacket for “Thriller”, a white coat and fedora for “Smooth Criminal”, that signature black leather for “Bad”). At first, he and his dancers could not be tighter. They exude energy, and perhaps what’s most remarkable is how Jackson is able to still sing/sustain notes while doing his numerous laser-precise moves. By the time he starts Moonwalking during “Billie Jean” (and let there be no mistake: this is as spectacular and smooth as he has ever executed the move), the already-nuts crowd simply goes into overdrive"[8]

Chaz Lipp of The Morton Report had this to say about Jackson's performance "Perhaps the best part of Bad 25 is the full concert recorded live at London’s Wembley Stadium, July 16, 1988. This is simply prime Michael Jackson. He’s in fantastic voice throughout, always in control of his instrument—even during the most delicate moments, such as “She’s Out of My Life.” I’d list some highlights, but at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, the whole thing functions as a highlight. This concert is relatively stripped down visually, making it a perfect contrast to the more elaborately produced Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour DVD. Jackson’s dancing is as mesmerizing as ever, on full display during tunes such as “Smooth Criminal” and, of course, “Billie Jean.” [9]

Track listingEdit

1."Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"Michael Jackson6:32
2."This Place Hotel"Michael Jackson4:43
3."Another Part of Me"Michael Jackson4:24
4."I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (duet with Sheryl Crow)Michael Jackson4:55
5."She's Out of My Life"Tom Bahler3:53
6."I Want You Back/The Love You Save/I'll Be There"Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, Bob West, Willie Hutch, Hal Davis7:17
7."Rock with You"Rod Temperton4:23
8."Human Nature"Steve Porcaro, John Bettis5:12
9."Smooth Criminal"Michael Jackson6:24
10."Dirty Diana"Michael Jackson6:24
11."Thriller"Rod Temperton5:29
12."Bad Groove (The Band Jam Section)"Greg Phillinganes, Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon, Phil Collins, Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Michael Jackson13:55
13."Workin' Day and Night"Michael Jackson7:59
14."Beat It"Michael Jackson6:45
15."Billie Jean"Michael Jackson8:36
16."Bad"Michael Jackson10:06
17."Man in the Mirror"Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard9:24
18."The Way You Make Me Feel" (Performed at Wembley Stadium, London on July 15, 1988)Michael Jackson5:22
19."I Just Can't Stop Loving You/Bad" (duet with Sheryl Crow) (Performed at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama on September 26, 1987)Michael Jackson11:23
  • "Bad Groove (The Band Jam Section)" contains the following pieces:



Chart (2012) Peak
Argentinian Music DVDs Chart[10] 2
Australian Music DVDs Chart[11] 2
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[12] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Music DVDs Chart[13] 1
Belgian (Wallonia) Music DVDs Chart[14] 1
Danish Music DVDs Chart[15] 5
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[16] 1
German Albums Chart[17] 64
Italian Music DVDs Chart[18] 1
Norwegian Music DVDs Chart[19] 1
Portuguese Music DVDs Chart[20] 9
Spanish Music DVDs Chart[21] 2
Swedish Music DVDs Chart[22] 1
Swiss Music DVDs Chart[23] 2
UK Music Videos Chart[24] 2
US Billboard DVDs Chart 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[27] Platinum 10,000*
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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