The Victory Tour

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When Michael Jackson went on The Victory Tour with the band formerly known as The Jackson Five, he never could have predicted the monetary success and popularity that would result from the 55 city tour. The Jacksons' Victory Tour, which covered a large expanse of the nation and reached an estimated 2 million fans, was the final performance tour by The Jacksons. Commencing in July of 1984 in Kansas city, the last of The Jackson's tours ended in December of the same year in Los Angeles. The tour, managed by Don King and coordinated by Larry Larson effectively showcased The Jacksons their hit songs and their crowd appeal in the best light possible. All in all, the tour grossed an astonishing 75 million dollars in revenue, of which Michael earned $5 million. As a gesture to fans, all of the earnings Michael procured would be donated to various charities, including the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia and Cancer Research and The United Negro College Fund. This tour even had the power to reunite the Jackson brothers, as time had separated them and taken them in different musical directions.

Although management once considered naming the tour “The Final Curtain,” the Jacksons realized that they wanted to emphasize the successes of their musical careers, instead of the fact that Victory would be the last time they were all on stage together.

This tour was truly amazing in its ability to bring together the Jackson boys, who had been growing apart ever since leaving Berry Gordy and Motown Recrods. Brother Jermaine, had not even been doing music since the leave from Motown, as he had remained with the dying label as his brothers moved on. Michael on the other hand, was becoming exponentially more successful with each solo record he released. In fact, just two years before the Victory Tour, he had released the enormously well selling Thriller disc. Thriller would go on to become the second highest selling album of all time, second only to Eagles: Greatest Hits.

Although Victory marked the end of the Jacksons performances together, it only signaled further musical and marketing promise for Michael Jackson, whose solo career was going into high gear.