1997 ~ “Blood On The Dance Floor”, Prince Michael was born, “Elizabeth I Love You”, HIStory Tour, interview with Barbara Walters, “Smile”,
Michael’s lead of security bodyguard Bill Bray retired after 25 years by his side. Wayne Nagin took over the job.
- January 2 :
Michael arrived in Hawaii where he was welcomed by 150 local dancers and 200 fans. He soon joined Joe & Katherine who arrived especially for him.
- January 3 & 4 :
Michael finished the first leg of the HIStory World Tour by performing 2 huge concerts at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu .
- Mid January :
Michael went to Los Angeles & then Montreux, Switzerland to complete work on the album Blood On The Dance Floor.
- January 21 :
Katherine’s father, Prince Scruse, died at the age of 90 years old.
Michael went to Disneyland Paris.
He changed his management team by replacing Sandy Gallin with Tarak Ben Ammar from Kingdon Entertainment.
- February 10-15 :
Michael recorded the video for “Blood On The Dance Floor” in Los Angeles, CA.
- February 13 :
Debbie Rowe gave birth to Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr at the Cedar Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles. Michael attended the birth and took his son to Neverland. Grace Rwaramba and Pia Bhatti were hired as Prince’s nannies and they moved to Neverland with Omer Bhatti.
- February 16 :
Michael attended a gala to celebrate Elizabeth Taylor’s 65th birthday in Los Angeles. For the occasion he performed a song that he just recorded in Montreux called “Elizabeth I Love You” and received a standing ovation by the galaxy of stars attending the event.
- Late February :
Michael organized a Jackson Family Day at Neverland to introduce his new born to the family.
- March 18 :
Michael’s attorneys Zia Modabber & Steve Cochran announced that a jury in Santa Maria has dismissed the complaint by 5 former employees of Neverland who claimed they were fired.
- March 21 :
Michael went to Marbella in where he received a special award from Sony Music.
- March 25 :
British OK Magazine got the world exclusive by publishing the first ever official pictures of Michael & Debbie with their son Prince (at Neverland) accompanied by a candid interview of the couple.
- April 2 :
Michael attended the inauguration of his wax statue by french artist Mime Marceau at the Musée Grevin in Paris . He was accompanied by his new Manager Tarak Ben Ammar.
The single “Blood On The Dance Floor” was a big hit in Europe but wasn’t marketed well in the US.
- May 2 :
Michael & Tarak Ben Ammar attended a press conference for the History Tour at the Munich stadium.
Michael & Tarak Ben Ammar attended the Italian TV Award Ceremont Telegatti in Milano where Michael presented an award with Luciano Pavarotti. Michael works on a duet project with Pavarotti called “What More Can I Give”
- May 6 :
Michael flew to Cleveland, Ohio to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in a special Presentation with his bothers by Diana Ross & Berry Gordy. Joe, Katherine & Barry Gibb were also present at the event.
- May 8 :
Michael flew back to Europe to attend a midnight private presentation his his “Ghosts” short film at the Cannes Film Festival with Stan Winston & Tarak Ben Ammar among others.
- May 14 :
- May 27/28 :
Michael went to to study a project of amusement park for Kingdom Entertainment.
- May 29 :
Michael arrived in Bremen, Germany with Tarak Ben Ammar and they attended a press conference.
Prince Michael Jr was taken to a Paris hotel suit with his nannies so that his daddy can join him after each concert of the European tour. Debbie also arrived every week end to spend time with Michael & their son.
- May 31 :
Michael kicked off the European leg of the History Tour in Bremen .
- June 3 :
- June 6 :
Concert in Bremen .
- June 8 + 10 :
Concerts in Amsterdam
- June 13 :
Concert in Kiel
- June 15 :
Concert in Gelsenkirchen
- June 18 :
Michael attended the 30th anniversary of Phantasialand in Germany before flying to Milan to perform a concert.
- June 20 :
Concert in Lausanne
- June 22 :
Concert in Luxembourg
Concert in Lyon
- June 27 + 29 :
Concerts at the Pard Des Princes in Paris (attended by Debbie)
- July 2 :
Michael took Debbie & Prince to Vienna where he performed in concert
♫ ♥ “Baby Prince Michael only 4 months old.. what a lucky lucky boy you are..”♫♥
- July 4+6 :
Concerts in Munich (attended by Debbie)
- July 10 :
- July 11 :
While a pregnant Debbie returns to the U.S., Michael went to London
The single HIStory/”Ghost” was released in Europe .
- July 12 + 15 + 17 :
Michael performs 3 concerts at the Wembley Stadium in London . (Katherine & Lisa Marie attended the shows)
- July 19 :
Concert in Dublin
- July 25 :
Concert in Basel
- July 27 :
Concert in Nice
- August 1 :
Concert in Berlin
- August 3 :
- August 10 :
Concert in Hockenheim
- August 14 :
Concert in Copenhagen
- August 16 :
Concert in Gothemburg.
- August 19 :
Concert in Oslo
- August 22 :
Concert in Tallinn
- August 24 + 26 :
Concerts in Helsinski
- August 29 :
Concert in Copenhagen on Michael 39th birthday. A huge cake was presented to him on stage
- September 1 :
After hearing the tragic death of his friend Princess Diana, Michael canceled his concert in Ostend .
- September 3 :
Michael performed in Ostend and dedicated the concert to Lady Diana.
- September 6 :
Last concert of the European tour in Valladolid .
- September 7 :
Michael gave an interview for US TV show 20/20 with Barbara Walters from his Parisian hotel. The interview was aired a few days later on ABC.
- September 8 :
Michael returned to Neverland with Prince Michael Jr.
- September 13 :
Michael attended a public service for Diana in a Los Angeles church.
- October 1 :
Michael arrives in Cap, with his young friend Omer Bhatti.
- October 4 + 6 :
Michael performs 2 concerts in Cap attended by Nelson Mandela among others.
- October 8 :
Michael was best man at his friend Gerry Inzerillo ‘s wedding to Prudence Salomon.
- October 10 :
- October 11 :
Michael was made honorary member of a tribe in Phoheng. His parents Joe & Katherine & his ex wife Lisa Marie attended the event.
- October 12 :
Concert in Johannesburg
- October 15 :
82nd and last concert of the History World Tour in Durban
- October 16 :
- November 18-23 :
Michael went to Seoul to support Kim Dae Jung at the presidential elections
Michael & Prince Michael were on the cover of LIFE magazine with a special photo story at Neverland.
- November 25 :
Debbie Rowe Jackson gave an interview to KNBC in Neverland where she denies tabloid rumors of an affair between Michael & Lisa Marie & announced that she was pregnant with a baby girl that she & Michael want to name Paris Michael Katherine.
- Late November :
Michael went to a Los Angeles studio to record the song “Children’s Holiday” for Japanese group J-Friends
- December :
Sony canceled the release of HIStory’s last single “Smile” even though Michael recorded a video for the song where he imitated Charlie Chaplin.
A box set was released containing the “Ghost” short film on VHS + the unreleased song “On The Line” from the movie soundtrack Get On The Bus.
- December 17 :
Michael visited british boxer Prince Naseem at a gymnasium in New York .
While in New York , he met Puff Daddy (P Diddy) to speak of a possible collaboration together.
- December 24/25 :
Michael celebrated Christmas with his son Prince.
- Late December :
Michael attended the funerals of Enid Jackson (ex wife of Jackie & mother of Siggt & Brandi) & Lilian Disney (widow of Walt Disney)