Today In Entertainment History: February 23, 1988 – BAD Tour Begins In US

Sources: Michael Jackson The Visual Documentary |WTAX | All Things Michael


1957: Porter Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry.

1965: Stan Laurel of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74.

1978: At the 20th annual Grammy Awards, The Eagles won Record of the Year for “Hotel California.” “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac won the Album of the Year award.


1988: Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo U.S. tour in Kansas City performing to an audience of 33,918 during two sell-out shows at the Kemper Arena. The standing room only concerts bring in more money than any other artist has ever achieved at the venue, including Elvis Presley.

The newly revised shows included more songs from the ‘BAD’ album than did the shows in Japan.

For the first few shows of the tour, there were also surprise appearances by Tatiana Thumbtzen for the performance of ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’. It was also a surprise for Tatiana, who was contacted by Michael’s secretary only one week before the tour’s opening. She was glad to be a part of the show, describing it as being like Christmas in February.

Watch Michael perform ‘Rock With You’ in Kansas here: (Source)

2003: Norah Jones won five Grammys, one for every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year. The Grammys show opened with Simon and Garfunkel, the first time they had performed together in a decade.

2004: The finale of “Sex and the City” aired.

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