The Triumph Tour is a concert tour by the Jacksons. The tour lasted from July 8 to September 26, 1981.
According to Rolling Stone, it is hailed as one of the greatest live shows of the 70s and 80s. It also grossed $5.5 million as well.
Lead singer Michael Jackson was in the final stages of promoting his multi-platinum album, "Off the Wall". Embarking on this tour provided Michael to bring in new ideas as to how the group can produce a show to his liking.
Inspired by the live shows by Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael created the costumes and designed the stage and alongside his brothers collaborating, created an intro that signaled similarities to their "Can You Feel It" music video.
As since the early days, the choreography was done by Michael, Jackie and Marlon Jackson. The shows included magical elements designed by Doug Henning.
The Triumph Tour began in Memphis, Tennessee and ended with a sold-out week of shows in Los Angeles, California.
The tour was given great reviews upon every show in part due to Michael's leadership and showmanship.
The brothers also came in for praise, particularly Randy and Tito's musicality and Marlon's dance ability. The tour also 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 one of the shows (though it's not entirely clear where the recording took place, at one show or at a variety of other shows that were then compiled for the recording. However, it was 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. The current sales are two million.
After the tour ended, Michael went back to record his follow-up to "Off the Wall." 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 of 1967-1987.
To showcase the success of the Triumph Tour, Michael commented that it was their first show without any marginal material. Michael patterned the Victory Tour and his Bad World Tour after the Triumph Tour.
The stage was dark and had three groups of strobe lights, all of them containing different colors of lights, facing the stage diagonally. It 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).
- "Can You Feel It"
- "Things I Do for You"
- "Off the Wall"
- "This Place Hotel"
- "She's Out of My Life"
- Movie Rap (Video monologue featuring excerpts of "I Want You Back" "Never Can Say #Goodbye" and "Got to Be There")
- Jackson 5 Medley: "I Want You Back" / "ABC" / "The Love You Save"
- "I'll Be There"
- "Rock with You"
- "Lovely One"
- "Workin' Day and Night"
- "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"
- "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
- Michael Jackson: vocals
- Jackie Jackson: vocals, percussion
- Tito Jackson: guitar, vocals
- Marlon Jackson: vocals
- Randy Jackson: vocals, congas, piano, keyboards
- Drums: Jonathan Moffett
- Bass: Mike McKinney
- Guitar: David Williams
- Synthesizer: Bill Wolfer
- Horns: (East Coast Horns): Wesley Phillips, Cloris Grimes, Alan (Funt) Prater, Roderick (Mac) McMorris