|Tour by the Jacksons|
|Associated album||Triumph (1980)|
Off the Wall (1979)
|Start date||July 8, 1981|
|End date||September 26, 1981|
|No. of shows||44|
|Box office||US $5.5 million|
($15.47 million in 2019 dollars)
|the Jacksons concert chronology|
The Triumph Tour was a concert tour by the Jacksons, covering the United States and Canada from July 8 to September 26, 1981. The tour grossed a total of $5.5 million, setting a record breaking four sold out concerts in Inglewood, California, just southwest of Los Angeles.
By 1981, the Jacksons had regained success as a platinum-selling recording group with two albums, Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980). Additionally, lead singer Michael Jackson was in the final stages of promoting his 1979 multi-platinum album, Off the Wall. This tour allowed Michael to bring in new show production ideas more to his liking. Inspired by Earth, Wind & Fire's live shows, Michael created the costumes and designed the stage. He and his brothers also collaborated on an intro that signaled similarities to their "Can You Feel It" music video. As it had been for many years, the choreography was done by Michael, Jackie and Marlon Jackson. The shows included magical elements designed by Doug Henning—for example, Michael disappearing in smoke during "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".
The Triumph Tour began in Memphis, Tennessee and ended with a sold-out week of shows in Inglewood. Each show earned highly positive reviews, in part due to Michael's leadership and showmanship. His brothers also earned praise, particularly for Randy's and Tito's musicality, and Marlon's dance ability. The tour marked the last truly integrated group effort, as Michael's solo career would soon eclipse his success with his brothers. The tour was so well-received and popular that Epic had the brothers record a variety of shows, and compile them for an upcoming live release. It's rumored that the tracks were recorded during stops in Memphis, New York City, Buffalo and Providence. The live album, The Jacksons Live!, came out in the winter of 1981, and went gold in its initial run. Current sales are two million.
After the tour ended, Michael went back to record Thriller, his follow-up to Off the Wall (1979). It would be three years before the Jacksons would go back on the road again. Rolling Stone later named the Triumph Tour one of the best 25 tours between 1967 and 1987. To showcase the success of the Triumph Tour, Michael Jackson commented that it was their first show without any marginal material. After the Triumph tour, Michael patterned the Victory Tour (1984) and his Bad World Tour (1987–1989).
The stage was dark and had three groups of strobe lights, all of them containing different colors of lights, facing the stage diagonally. The stage also had a spotlight that followed the main performers. In addition to the lighting, the musicians played their instruments on fixtures (the horn section to the left of the stage, the drums to the center, and keyboards to the right; with the exception of the guitarists and Randy Jackson who played the piano, keyboards, and assorted percussion).
- The intro to "Can You Feel It" was inspired by the music video for the song.
- The song "Walk Right Now" was removed from the setlist around August, making it one of the rarest songs to track down.
- In early shows, "This Place Hotel" didn't have an explosion and was instead used in "Walk Right Now"
- The Jackson 5
- Michael Jackson – vocals
- Jackie Jackson – vocals, percussion
- Tito Jackson – guitar, vocals
- Marlon Jackson – vocals, percussion
- Randy Jackson – vocals, congas, piano, keyboards
- David Williams – guitar
- Bill Wolfer – synthesizer
- Mike McKinney – bass
- Jonathan Moffett – drums
- Wesley Phillips, Cloris Grimes, Alan (Funt) Prater, Roderick (Mac) McMorris – horns (East Coast Horns)
- The score data is combined from the shows held at The Forum from September 18, 19, 25, and 26, 1981 respectively.
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- Box office score data:
- Memphis (July 8), Dallas (July 11): "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 93 no. 29. July 25, 1981. p. 37. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Lakeland (July 28), Cincinnati (August 8): "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 93 no. 33. August 22, 1981. p. 40. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Atlanta (August 12), Philadelphia (August 14), Hartford (August 15): "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 93 no. 34. August 29, 1981. p. 38. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Providence (August 21), Buffalo (August 2): "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 93 no. 35. September 5, 1981. p. 45. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Tempe (September 15): "Billboard Boxscore" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 93 no. 39. October 3, 1981. p. 35. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Oakland (September 22): "Billboard Boxscore" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 93 no. 40. October 10, 1981. p. 44. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Inglewood (September 18–19, 25–26): "Billboard Boxscore" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 93 no. 42. October 24, 1981. p. 34. ISSN 0006-2510.