1988 ~ LA Gear Commercial ~ Man In The Mirror ~ Bad Tour (USA, Europe) “Dirty Diana” (Kansas City) ~ Princess Diana ~ Pepsi ~ Speed Demon ~ Dirty Diana ~ Moonwalk ~ Neverland ~ ‘Moonwalker’ ~ Another Part Of Me ~ MJ on the ‘Flintstone Kids’ ~ Smooth Criminal
Michael became friends with Deepak Choprah
Katherine & Joe bought a house in Las Vegas.
Michael visited Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
Michael attended the wedding of his attorney John Branca to Julie McArthur.
Tour rehearsals were held in Pensacola, Florida. Some footage was aired on Entertainment Tonight.
The single “Man In The Mirror” was released with a video without Michael appearing in it.
- February 23/24:
Michael kicked off the American part of the Bad Tour in Kansas City, Missouri..
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- March 1:
Michael attended a press conference arranged by Pepsi to preview the new Pepsi commercials featuring Michael (a four part story) and presented a $600,000 check to The United Negro College Fund.
- March 2:
At the 30th Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York , Michael amazingly performed “The Way You Make Me Feel” & “Man In The Mirror” and received a standing ovation from the whole industry. During the telecast, the new Pepsi commercials were premiered.
- March 3:
Concert at the Madison Square Garden in New York City . During the show, Tatiana Thumbten replaced Sheryl Crow on “The Way You Make Me Feel”. Siedah Garrett sang “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with Michael & Steve Stevens played electric guitar on “Dirty Diana”
Among celebrities guests were Brooke Shields, Quincy Jones, Prince, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, New York City Mayor and the whole Jackson family
Michael filmed the video of “Speed Demon”.
- March 4/5:
Concerts at the Madison Square Garden .
- March 9:
Michael attended a performance of Phantom Of The Opera with Jimmy Safechuck & Liza Minnelli.
- March 10:
Michael was honored by the United Negro College Fund as one of their highest contributors at the 44th annual anniversary dinner held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York .
Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Taylor & Liza Minnelli attended the event.
- March 12/13:
Concerts in St Louis, Missouri. US cable network Showtime aired “Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues”.
- March 15:
Michael hosted benefits for Saint Vincent ’s Residence.
- Mid March:
Michael & Katherine went to Gary, Indiana & to visit Katherine’s father, Prince Scruse.
- March 18/19:
- March 20:
Concert in Louisville, Kentucky. Michael was on the cover of Jet Magazine.
- March 23/24:
Concerts in Denver, Colorado
- March 30/31/April 1:
Concerts in Hartford, Connecticut
The single “Dirty Diana” was released.
- April 8/9/10:
Concerts in Houston, Texas
- April 13/14/15:
Concerts in Atlanta, GA
- April 14:
The video for “Dirty Diana” was premiered on MTV. It was filmed in Long Beach, California
- April 19/20/21:
Concerts in Chicago, Illinois where Michael was presented with the keys to the city by mayor Eugene Sawyer.
- April 20:
“Moonwalk”, Michael’s long awaited autobiography was published by Doubleday and became a best
- April 25/26/27:
Concerts in Dallas, Texas
- May 4/5/6:
Concerts on Minneapolis, Minnessota which ended the first part of the tour.
- Mid May:
Michael moved out of Hayvenhurst and moved into his newly purchased ranch in the Santa Ynez Vallez. He bought the Sycamore Ranch for $17 millions dollars and soon renamed it “Neverland Valley Ranch”.
- May 16:
Michael was on the cover of Jet magazine.
- May 18:
Michael’s movie “Moonwalker” was previewed at the Cannes Film Festival
- May 19:
Michael arrived in Rome and stayed at the Lord Byron Hotel .
- May 21:
Michael visited the Sistine Chapel.
He visited children who suffer from cancer in the Bambini-Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome. He signed autographs and gave away sweets and records to the little patients. He also donated a check of 100,000 pounds to the hospital.
- May 22:
Michael visited with sick children at a local hospital.
- May 23:
Michael began the European part of the Bad Tour in Rome .
An after-show party was held at the 16th Century Palazzo Taverna where Michael made a brief appearance. He was greeted by guests Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida Federico Fellini & Georgio Armani.
- May 24:
Second concert in Rome .
- May 25:
Michael was the guest of honor at a party held at the house of film director Franco Zeffirelli.
- May 29:
Concert in Turin
Michael was on the cover of Ebony magazine.
“Michael Jackson : The Legend Continues” was released on home video.
- June 2:
Concert in Vienna
- June 5/6/7:
Concerts in Rotterdam, Holland
- June 11/12:
- June 16:
Concert in Basel attended by Elizabeth Taylor & Bob Dylan.
While in Basel , Michael visited with the Charlie Chaplin family.
- June 19:
Concert at the Berlin Wall
- June 20:
Michael arrives in Paris with young friend Jimmy Safechuck, PR Bob Jones and bodyguard Wayne Nagin. They stayed at the Crillon Palace .
While in Paris, mayor Jacques Chirac presented Michael with La Grande Medaille de la Ville de Paris.
- June 27/28:
Concert at The Parc des Princes attended by Grace Jones & Johnny Halliday among others.
The single “Another Part Of Me” was released
- July 1:
Concert in Hambourg
- July 3:
Concerts in Cologne
- July 8:
Concert in Munich
- July 10:
Concert in Cologne
- July 11:
Michael arrived in London .
- July 13:
Michael visited sick children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London .
- July 14/15:
Concerts in Wembley attended by Jack Nicholson, George Lucas, Harrison Ford & Jane Seymour
- July 16:
Prince Charles & Princess Diana attended the third Wembley concert. Michael met the Royal couple backstage to present them with a check for the Prince’s Trust and another check for the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
- July 18:
Michael & Jimmy visited Elstree Studios where Steven Spielberg was directing Indiana Jones and they both meet Harrison Ford.
- July 20:
Michael visited sick children again at the Great Ormond Street Hospital .
In the evening, a banquet was held in his honor at the Guildhall.
- July 22:
Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck presented Michael with a pair of specially engraved ice skates backstage before his fourth concert in Wembley.
- July 23:
Fifth concert in Wembley. Michael was on the cover of Hello magazine.
- July 26:
Concert in Cardiff
- July 30/31:
Concerts in Cork.
The live video of “Another Part Of Me” was premiered.
- August 5:
Concert in Marbella
- August 7:
Concert in Madrid
- August 8:
Michael was on the cover of Jet magazine.
- August 9:
Concert in Barcelona
- August 21:
Concert in Wurzburge
- August 23:
Concert in Werchter
- August 25:
Katherine joined Michael in London
- August 26:
Michael & Katherine went to the Madame Tussaud Museum .
Concert in Wembley.
Michael dedicated “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” to Elizabeth Taylor.
- August 27:
Last concert at Wembley.
Concert in Leeds where 90 000 fans sang Happy Birthday to Michael
- September 2:
Concert in Hannover
- September 4:
Concert in Gelsenkirchen
- September 6:
Concert in Linz
- September 7:
Michael received the MTV Video Vanguard Award from Peter Gabriel during a special presentation via satellite.
- September 8
Michael was presented with an award for his seven sold out concerts at the Wembley stadium which earned him another entry into the Guinness Book Of Records.
- September 10:
Concert in Milton Keynes
- September 11:
Michael performed his last European concert in Liverpool in front of 125 000 people
- September 12:
Michael & Katherine flew back to Los Angeles and went directly to Michael’s new home : Neverland. Upon arriving they were greeted by all the ranch’s employees
* September 15:
The “Flintstone Kids” aired a 30 minute “Just Say No” television special which featured Michael Jackson’s music. So cute:
- September 26/27/28:
Concerts in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
The single “Smooth Criminal” was released.
- October 3/4/5:
Concerts in Rutherford, New Jersey
- October 10/11:
Concerts in Richfield, Ohio
- October 13:
MTV premiered the video of “Smooth Criminal”.
- October 13/17/18/19:
Concerts in Landover, Maryland
- October 23:
In a brief ceremony outside the old Motown Studio in Detroit , Michael presented Esther Edwards & Berry Gordy with a $125 000 check for the Motown museum.
- October 24/25/26:
Concerts in Detroit, Michigan
- Late October:
“Moonwalker” made its debut in Japanese theatres.
Michael canceled three concerts in Tacoma, Washington when his vocal cords become swollen.
- November 7/8/9:
Concerts in Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills, California
- November 13:
Concert at the Sport Arena in Los Angeles.
Michael cancels five concerts in Los Angeles due to illness. They were rescheduled for January 1989.
- December 9/10/11/17/18/19/24/25/26 :
Michael performed nine concerts a the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
- December 26:
“Moonwalker” was released in Europe
Michael visited David Smithee, a 12-year-old whose father had set him on fire