If you thought the pop world would allow the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s Bad album to slip by without a celebration, think again – Bad 25 will be released on September 17, and will include a cornucopia of goodies for the King Of Pop’s insatiable fan base: along with the original album and new remixes and demos, the collection will include his 1988 tour stop at Wembley Stadium, released on DVD for the first time ever. Watch a teaser for the release (featuring footage of fans screaming and fainting while awaiting his arrival at the Wembley gig) above, and head below for all the details of what fans can expect in the re-reissue.
According to a press release, the Bad 25 anniersary deluxe edition will come with the following:
:: The highlight of the package is the DVD of Michael’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium. The concert is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night’s sold out show. This show was one of the record-breaking seven nights played at the venue attended by more than half a million people – three times that many people tried to purchase tickets. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson’s personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night.
:: A CD of the re-mastered original BAD album.
:: A CD containing previously unreleased material recorded in Michael’s personal studio at Hayvenhurst. This material includes early demo versions of songs from the album as well as demos for songs not included on the final album. All of this material is being released as it was recorded during the BAD sessions. Nothing has been added. In addition, this CD will also include new remixes from internationally renowned DJ/producers.
::A CD showcasing the audio from the sound truck recordings of the July 16th Wembley performance. The first-ever live Michael Jackson CD to be released, this is the only concert from the BAD tour known to exist on multitracks.
:: This magnificent 3 CD/1 DVD box set will also include two extensive booklets with yet unseen photos from the recording sessions, video sets and the concert tour, the original BAD cover art, a two-sided poster and more.
So basically, all of this:
For those who like Michael Jackson’s music but maybe not a deluxe edition’s worth, a 2-CD standard edition featuring the original Bad album and a disc of demos and new remixes will also be made available. The Bad tour DVD will also be available as a stand alone edition.
Bad was released August 31, 1987, and has become one of the best-selling albums of all time. It boasted ten singles (out of 11 tracks), five of which topped the Hot 100. (Jackson was the first artist to achieve five #1 singles from the same album; Katy Perry recently matched his record with her album Teenage Dream.)