WATCH: On this day, 30 years ago, Michael Jackson played Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh

The King of Pop kicked off the first of his two concerts on July 31, 1988 - which fell as August bank holiday weekend that year.

WATCH: On this day, 30 years ago, Michael Jackson played Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh

30 years ago today Michael Jackson moonwalked his way to Cork for one of the biggest concerts the rebel county had experienced to date.

Michael Jackson fans, 1988. Photo: Irish Examiner Archives
Michael Jackson fans, 1988. Photo: Irish Examiner Archives

The King of Pop kicked off the first of his two concerts on July 31, 1988 - which fell on the August bank holiday weekend that year.

130, 000 fans from all over the country made their way down south to Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Bad tour dates, which at the time, caused major traffic at the Red Cow roundabout.

Through-the-night 'Jackson trains' were also organised for fans by Iarnród Éireann.

Fans sleeping out ahead of the concerts. Photo: Irish Examiner Archives
Fans sleeping out ahead of the concerts. Photo: Irish Examiner Archives

As he touched down in the rebel county hundreds of fans made their way to the Cork airport to witness his arrival.

The singer's band and assistants reportedly occupied an entire floor of Jury’s Inn hotel which featured a temporary dance-floor to allow Jackson and his dancers practice their stunning routines.

With the set opening with ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’, crowd cheers could be heard in Glanmire.

Photo: Irish Examiner Archives
Photo: Irish Examiner Archives
Photo: Irish Examiner Archives
Photo: Irish Examiner Archives

The concerts, which at the time generated £2m in ticket sales, spared no expense with a hydraulic crane that emerged from the stage floor and a Tarzan-like rope that he used to cruise through the air during Thriller.

Photo: Irish Examiner Archives
Photo: Irish Examiner Archives

Here’s the set-list in full:

    Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

    This Place Hotel

    Another Part of Me

    I Just Can't Stop Loving You

    She's Out of My Life

    I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There

    Rock With You

    Human Nature

    Smooth Criminal

    Dirty Diana

    Thriller

    Bad Groove

    Workin' Day and Night

    Beat It

    Billie Jean

    Bad

    Encore:

    The Way You Make Me Feel

    Play Video

    Man in the Mirror

Were you there?

The anniversary of the concerts come a week shy of The Jackson’s first Irish gig ever in Dublin this weekend.

The famous brothers Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Jermaine Jackson are reuniting to wow the audience at Dun Laoghaire’s Beatyard festival on Friday.

Which also falls as the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The only original member missing from the band will be the late Michael Jackson.

This morning, Jackie Jackson spoke to Dave Fanning on RTÉ Radio 1 about how the Jackson 5 came to be, the death of his father Joe last month and how he still misses brother Michael becoming upset when speaking of him.

Nine years ago, Jackie was walking through the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with Jermaine's boys when he learned that brother Michael was dead.

Jackie told Dave about passing a store where Michael would have bought a lot of his antiques, "all of a sudden inside the store they had a monitor up showing Michael buying antiques inside the store... and I was passing by just looking at Michael in the store on the monitor when all of a sudden this guy said, 'I hear Michael Jackson just died', and I turned around and looked at him and kept walking".

Jackie spoke of hearing it a second time, which led him to call his mom, "yes Jackie, he's dead. He's gone, and I broke down, I couldn't..."

Jackie became upset during recalling the moment with Dave, "Then someone had to drive me home, I couldn't drive home. It's very painful".

Ahead of The Jacksons gig this weekend, Jackie spoke of knowing that Michael was a real talent and one of the best out there, they never begrudged him his success, "we were so proud of him".

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