July 1988, Michael is presented with then called ‘Video Vanguard Award’ right before he steps foot on the Wembley stage where he was to shatter yet more world records.
Ticket demand for the five July dates exceeded 1.5 million, enough to fill the 72,000 capacity venue 20 times. Michael performed seven sold out shows, and more shows could have been added, but the venue had reached its quota for live performances. The third concert on July 16 was attended by Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles. On September 8, Michael was entered into the Guinness World Records, the first of three times from the tour alone - the Wembley shows were attended by a record 504,000 people.
Beneath the commanding strength of an overly iced military jacket hid another Michael paradox: a white t-shirt, always ripped in the middle of the neckline. It was a message of rebellion beneath a jacket that sent a message of control. Taking scissors to his t-shirt added that street edge Michael was always going for. It was a little detail that played a big role in the extravagant magic act. He wanted the message to be: “This is the ordinary part of me”.
The size of the tear deended on Michael’s mood that day. He’d take a pair of scissors himself and cut. Some days it would be a little cut, and others he’d rip it all the way down. “Girls want to see some cake”, he’d explain. Cake was his nickname for chest. - Michael Bush ‘Dressing Michael Jackson’
Sylvie: It must be hard being an angel when you’re acknowledged as one of the sexiest performers around, have girls camping in your backyard and the like.
Michael: I wouldn’t say I was sexy! But I guess that’s fine if that’s what they say. I like that in concert. That’s neat.
Sylvie: You wonder how someone so sweet and shy and childlike gets to be such a demon onstage
Michael: I just do it really. The sex thing is kind of spontaneous. It really creates itself.
Sylvie: So you don’t practise being sexy in front of the mirror?
Michael: No! Once the music plays, it creates me. The instruments move me, through me, they control me. Sometimes I’m uncontrollable and it just happens - boom, boom, boom! - once it gets inside you. 'Interview with Creem 83'
Michael Jackson wearing leather