Michael Jackson’s biggest concert was his Bad World Tour, which ran from 1987 to 1989. The tour spanned six continents and 52 countries, making it the largest-scale tour a solo artist had ever undertaken at that time. In total, the tour grossed over $125 million dollars and drew in an estimated 4.5 million fans.
The Bad World Tour was launched in support of Jackson’s album Bad, which was released in August 1987. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, with sales exceeding 30 million copies worldwide. To promote the album, Jackson embarked on an ambitious world tour that would take him to every corner of the globe.
The tour kicked off with a series of sold-out shows in Japan before moving on to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, and South America. Everywhere Jackson went he was met with rapturous applause and adoring fans. The concerts were lavish affairs featuring state-of-the-art production values and pyrotechnics; they were also highly choreographed affairs withJackson dancing his way through hits like “Bad,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Smooth Criminal.”
At each stop along the way Jackson made sure to leave a lasting impression on his fans. In Tokyo he performed for a record-breaking crowd of 350,000 people; in London he rode atop a double decker bus during his performance of “Bad”; in Los Angeles he staged a mock wedding as part of his performance of “I Do Not Care.” By the time the tour wrapped up in December 1989 Jackson had performed 123 concerts for 4.4 million people across six continents; it remains one of the highest grossing tours ever by a solo artist..