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)
- January :
Michael recorded the Prison version of the “They Don’t Care About Us” video directed by Spike Lee in New York .
Michael’s nurse & friend Debbie Rowe offers to bear his child. She got pregnant but had a miscarriage.
- January 18 :
- January 25 :
Michael went to Motown Café in New York with his make up artist & friend Karen Faye.
- February 10-17 :
Michael went to Rio in to shoot a second version of the “They Don’t Care About Us” video directed by Spike Lee.
- February 18 :
Michael arrived in London .
- February 19 :
Michael performed “Earth Song” at the Brit Awards in London and he received the award of Artist Of A Generation presented by Bob Geldof.
- February 20 :
Controversy began over the “Earth Song” performance. Michael went to Disneyland Paris to spend a few days.
- March :
The single of “They Don’t Care About Us” was released.
Michael discussed working on a three year old new short film project named “Ghost” for the song 2 Bad, directed by Stan Winston and co-written by Stephen King.
- March 14-20 :
Michael was in Paris to visit castles. He stayed at the Disneyland Hotel and at the George 5 Hotel.
- March 19 :
Michael was at a press conference in Paris to announce the launch of Kingdom Entertainment, a Paris based multimedia corporation jointly owned with Saudi Prince Al Walid.
- April :
Michael started filming the “Ghosts” short film in Van Nuys studios, California
- April 28 :
Michael attended a performance of Sisterella, the play he produced in Pasadena, California
- May :
Debbie Rowe was pregnant again with Michael’s baby.
Michael attended the World Music Awards. He performed “Earth Song” and received 5 awards. At the end of the ceremony he was on stage to hug Diana Ross. He also addresses the controversy over “They Don’t Really Care About Us” claiming to never have been anti-Semitic.
- May 11 :
Michael visited the amusement park Fantasialand near Cologne.
- May 12 :
Michael in London .
- May 13-15 :
Michael visited Castes before flying back to the to resume work on the Ghost short film.
“They Don’t Really Care About Us” was finally released in the US.
- June :
Michael started rehearsing for the History Tour with Kenny Ortega. He also rehearsed for a special concert in Brunei based on the Dangerous Tour concept.
- June 6 :
Michael appeared on MTV Asia’s Channel 5.
- June 7 :
Evan Chandler sued Michael, Lisa Marie, Sony Music, Diane Sayer & ABC Television for breaking the confidential agreement of their 1994 settlement.
- June 24 :
People magazine published a picture of Steven Spielberg visiting Michael on the set of Ghosts.
- Early July :
- July 13 :
Michael arrived in Brunei
- July 15 :
Michael attended the 5Oth birthday of the Sultan of Brunei.
- July 16 :
For the Sultan’s birthday celebrations, Michael performed his first ever free concert before 60 OOO people at the Jerudong Amusement Park .
- July 18 :
- July 19 :
Michael gave a press conference in Sun City to announce concert plans.
- July 20 :
Michael visited Nelson Mandela.
- July 21 :
Michael went to Casablanca, Marocco for concert plans.
- July 22 :
Michael goes to Budapest, Hungary
- July 23 :
Michael went back to the Budapest Hospital with Bela Farkas, the little boy whose life-saving operation was financed by Michael in 1994.
- August :
Michael resumed the History Tour rehearsals in San Bernadino, California .
- Early September :
The singles “Stranger in Moscow” & “Why” were released in Europe .
Michael went to Disneyland Paris with Anton Schleiter, his sister Franceska and the Cascio Kids.
Michael organized the wedding of his Niece Stace Brown (daughter of Rebbie) to Rex Salas in Neverland.
- September 4 :
Michael arrived in Prague to launch the History World Tour.
- September 7 :
Michael performed concert for 130 000 people in Prague .
- September 8 :
Michael arrived in Budapest where he was welcomed by 4000 fans
- September 10 :
Concert in Budapest .
- September 12 :
Michael arrived in Bucharest. He went to a post-revolutionary tour of monuments and orphanages
- September 14 :
Concert in Bucharest .
- September 16 :
Michael arrived in Moscow where he was greeted by the City Mayor.
- September 17
- September 19 :
Concert in Warsaw
- September 24 :
Concert in Zaragoza
- September 28/30 + October 2 :
Concerts in Amsterdam
- October 2 :
In Holland, Michael launched his own soft drink named Mystery with help from german business man Dieter Wiesner that was introduced to Michael by his longtome bodyguard Wayne Nagin.
- October 3 :
Michael arrived in London to complete work on the soundtrack for the “Ghosts” Short film.
- October 4 :
Michael attended a performance of Oliver at the London Palladium.
- October 6 :
Michael arrived in Tunis where he was welcomed by hundreds of fans. While in Tunis, Michael met and befriends Omer Bhatti, a young Norwegian fan that he decides to take on tour with him.
- October 7 :
Concert in Tunis .
- October 11/13 :
Concerts in Seoul .
- October 18 :
Concert in Taipei
- October 20 :
Concert in Kaoshung
- October 22 :
Concert in Taipei
- October 25 :
Concert in Singapore
- October 27/29 :
Concerts in Kuala Lumpur
- Halloween :
The short film “Ghost”s was premiered in 11 selected Sony cinemas.
- November 1 :
Concert in Bombay
- November 5 :
Concert in Bangkok
- November 6 :
Media learned about Debbie Rowe’s pregnancy.
- November 9/11 :
Concerts in Auckland .
- November 10 :
Michael gave an interview to VH1 answering selected questions by viewers.
- November 14 :
Concert in Sydney. After the show, just after midnight (on the 15th) , Michael married Debbie Rowe in the presidential suit of the Sheraton-on-the-Park Hotel.
- November 15 :
Michael & Debbie attended the Australian premiere of Ghosts.
- November 16 :
Concert in Sydney (attended by Debbie)
November 17 :
Michael made an appearance at the Sydney opera house
- November 19 :
Concerts in Bribane
November 22/24 :
Concerts in Melbourne
- November 25 :
Michael visited with sick children at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne .
Concert in Adelaide
- November 30 + December 2/4 :
Concerts in Perth
- December 5 :
Michael arrived in Manila, Phillipines
- December 8/10 :
Concerts in Manila.
- December 12 :
Michael went to Tower Records in Tokyo to set his hand and signature in plaster for a plaque to be displayed in the store permanently.
- December 13/15/17/20 :
Concerts at the Tokyo Dome.
- December 19 :
Michael attended the Japanese premiere of Ghosts.
Later he received a platinum disc award from Sony Music Japan chairman.
- December 26/28 :
Concerts in Fukuoka .
- December 29 :
Michael left Japan for Brunei
- December 30 :
Michael went to the Jerudong amusement park in Brunei
- December 31 :
Michael spent new years’s eve by performing a free concert in Jerudong Park paid by the Sultan of Brunei.
* This was the last live performance of “I Just Cant Stop Loving You”