Michael Jackson's Bad tour, fresh from stints in Japan and Australia, will begin its first U.S. leg in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 23-24 at Kemper Arena. Although tour rehearsals will take place at the Pensacola Civic Center in North Florida from Jan. 22 to Feb. 18, no Florida concerts have been scheduled for the first set of shows.
According to Jackson's publicity agency, Solters/Roskin/Friedman, the present slate of 13 cities is firm, and no new dates will be added until a second portion of the tour, which is scheduled to resume in the fall after a European swing. According to a spokeswoman, information was not available about the possibility of Florida dates being scheduled in the fall.
This apparently quells speculation that Jackson would play in Tampa Stadium in late April or early May. According to stadium officials, a booking agency had reserved several dates during that period with tentative plans to stage a Jackson show. At no point, however, was a concert confirmed.