Michael's Accidents - the "Bridge of No Return"
28/06/1999 "MJ & Friends" in Munich
"In Munich, while Michael was singing on top of the bridge (more than 8 meters - 27 feet - from the ground), a mechanical problem happened.
The upper part of the bridge fell down. It was no longer held by the engines and only stopped from falling free by the cables that were attached to it. Michael was standing on that steel footbridge when it fell down and violently hit the ground below stage level (through the opened hatch in the stage).
The audience didn't notice the accident and thought it was all part of the show. Very few fans understood the terrible thing that had just happened.
When the bridge hit the ground, Michael was obviously shocked. Nevertheless, he carried on his performance and kept singing "Earth Song" with half of his body emerging from the stage hatch. Nobody could tell something was wrong. Then, without showing any sign of pain or distress, Michael climbed back on stage and ended the song with the HIStory Tour usual routine (band members decided on that new arrangement within seconds after the accident). The tank then came on stage and so did the soldier and the kid. "Earth Song" was over."
Michael hurt his chest during the accident - reported the German newspapers the following day -and it was the reason his afterwards back pains.
You can watch the accident here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CnZpcwm0FM