MICHAEL’S PERSONAL VHS COPY OF HIS JULY 16, 1988 PERFORMANCE
AT WEMBLEY STADIUM UNEARTHED FOR THE RELEASE
NEWLY DISCOVERED OUTTAKES AND DEMOS FROM BAD ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS TO BE RELEASED
Twenty-five years after the phrase “Who’s Bad” became a generation’s cultural catchphrase, Epic/Legacy Recordings, in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will celebrate the legendary album and record breaking BAD tour on September 18, 2012 with the release of a deluxe package, BAD 25, which includes three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour.
“The era of BAD represented Michael’s creative ‘coming of age’ as a solo artist in charge of every aspect of his career – from recording to touring to endorsements to merchandising. This was the first album on which nearly all of the songs were written by Michael. It was also was the first album in history to produce five consecutive #1 singles and it took 2 ½ decades for another artist to match that success. It was also the first time Michael would tour as a solo artist – his vision, his decisions on what the show would be. The enormous success of the BAD album and tour was a pivotal moment in Michael’s growth as a composer, performer and producer cementing his role as the King of Pop. We are thrilled to celebrate such an historic era in Michael’s career with this release”, stated John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.
· The highlight of
the package is the DVD of Michael’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley
Stadium. The concert is not a compilation of performances, but rather one
complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess
Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night’s sold out
show. This show was one of the record-breaking seven nights played at the venue
attended by more than half a million people – three times that many
people tried to purchase tickets. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson’s
personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the
concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of
the show to exist. The visuals have been restored and the audio quality
enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night
· A CD
of the re-mastered original BAD album
· A CD containing
previously unreleased material recorded in Michael’s personal studio at
Hayvenhurst. This material includes early demo versions of songs from the album
as well as demos for songs not included on the final album. All of this
material is being released as it was recorded during the BAD sessions. Nothing
has been added. In addition, this CD will also include new remixes from
internationally renowned DJ/producers
· A CD
showcasing the audio from the sound truck recordings of the July 16th Wembley performance. The first-ever live Michael Jackson CD to be released,
this is the only concert from the BAD Tour known to exist on multitracks
This magnificent 3 CD/1 DVD box set will also include two
extensive booklets with yet unseen photos from the recording sessions, video
sets and the concert tour, the original BAD cover art, a two-sided poster and more. A BAD 25 two CD standard edition featuring the original album
plus the CD of demos and new remixes will also be made available as will a
stand alone edition of the DVD and a picture disc of the original album.
On June 5 in the
U.S. (June 4th ex-U.S.), Epic / Legacy Recordings will re-release
the original first single from the album “I Just Can’t Stop Loving
You” as a CD Single with a previously unreleased bonus track from the BAD sessions, “Don’t Be Messin’
‘Round (demo).” This is a
Wal-Mart exclusive CD single in the U.S. and will not be available digitally.
On June 26 a
replica edition of the original 7″ vinyl of this single with the original
B-side “Baby Be Mine” will be made available to the world. The first single for BAD, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” was originally released on 7″
vinyl in 1987. The 7″ single edit of the song has only been available on
that original 7″ vinyl until now.
Recently, Pepsi announced an
exclusive global partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson as part of its
new “Live for Now” campaign. Starting this month, Michael Jackson and Pepsi fans in more than 20
countries around the world will experience this partnership in a variety of
ways, including a retail campaign featuring one billion special edition Michael
Jackson Bad 25 Pepsi cans, live events, and opportunities for fans to access
special edition merchandise and new music from BAD.
The BAD album was the third Michael Jackson album produced by Quincy
Jones and was originally released on August 31, 1987. It was monumental in many
ways; Michael wrote nine of the album’s
eleven tracks and received co-producer credit for the entire album. The
album was #1 around the world, made history with five consecutive #1 singles on
the Billboard chart, produced ten chart-topping singles, nine ground breaking
short films and to date, the Bad album has generated
over 45 Million units in sales. BAD was nominated for six Grammys
and won two; the album earned Michael the first-ever Video Vanguard Award at
the MTV VMA Awards. Songs on the
original album are: “Bad,”
“The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Speed Demon,” “Liberian Girl,” “Just Good Friends”
featuring Stevie Wonder, “Another Part of Me,” “Man in the Mirror,” “I Just Can’t Stop
Loving You,” “Dirty Diana,” “Smooth Criminal,” with “Leave Me Alone” added to
the album once released.
The BAD World Tour was Michael’s first concert tour as a solo artist.
The legendary tour included 123 concerts attended by more than 4.4 million fans
over sixteen months. When it concluded, the tour had shattered all previous touring records for attendance and total
gross revenue adding three new entries
in the Guinness World Records for
the largest grossing tour in history, the tour with the largest attended
audience and the most sold out shows at Wembley Stadium.
More details on this and other exciting projects
relating to BAD‘s 25th anniversary will be announced soon. Get updated first.