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Destiny World Tour

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Associated album  Destiny
End date  September 26, 1980
Start date  January 22, 1979
Legs  4
No. of shows  31 in Europe 13 in Africa 83 in North America 127 total
Box office  US $7.5 million ($24.75 in 2017 dollars)

The Destiny 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, Germany. They visited 3 continents and 9 countries, playing 83 concerts in the United States alone.



The tour began on January 22, 1979 in Bremen, Germany shortly after the release of the platinum-certified 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 4-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 multi-platinum album Off the Wall the brothers were forced to revamp their show and to start playing higher profile arenas, like the Philadelphia Spectrum which seats 16,000. For the second leg, additional songs were added to the setlist, most notably songs from Michael's album Off the Wall. The opening act in the second leg was L.T.D. The tour grossed an estimated 7.5 million dollars.

Cancellations and postponements

  • 11/18/1979: Houston, The Summit; CANCELLED (This show was cancelled due to illness.)
  • Personnel

  • Michael Jackson: vocals
  • Jackie Jackson: vocals
  • Tito Jackson: guitar, vocals
  • Marlon Jackson: vocals
  • Randy Jackson: vocals, congas, percussion, piano, keyboards
  • Band members

    First leg

  • Bass: Michael McKinney
  • Additional Guitar: Bud Rizzo
  • Keyboards: James Macfield
  • Drums: Tony Lewis
  • Second leg

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

    Destiny World Tour Wikipedia

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