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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    that one scream performance, with first verse fully live! :-x
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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanGerouS- View Post
    that one scream performance, with first verse fully live! :-x
    Gonna have to disagree on that one. His voice sounded really bad there. Which is funny, because it's from the Brunei concert. The show that I said had the best live vocals lol. His voice got better later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by analogue View Post
    Gonna have to disagree on that one. His voice sounded really bad there. Which is funny, because it's from the Brunei concert. The show that I said had the best live vocals lol. His voice got better later on.
    yea true. my comment was kinda ironic.
    but still very interesting to hear messed up vocals from mj :P.
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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    I must say that his voice on the Gothenburg show was very good! Also Amsterdam 1997, June 10th.

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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    Quote Originally Posted by kai View Post
    can't believe people say Copenhagen/Gothenburg was best live vocals..
    It was definitely Brunei, Kuala Lumpur or Bucharest 96.

    None of the 1997 shows had good live vocals..
    its like people ignoring the 1996 leg.. which had way more energy and better live vocals on some shows.
    Gothenburg is miles above any show from 96 when it comes to live vocals. Just compare the J5 medley

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    I can handle the lip synching but the backing singers miming to MJs parts on Stranger are just shocking

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumandraisin View Post
    I can handle the lip synching but the backing singers miming to MJs parts on Stranger are just shocking
    I never understood what was the point in the camera’s close-ups to the backing singers while they were miming to Michael Jackson's parts on 'Stranger In Moscow'.

    It makes it look even more embarrassing.

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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    I wish Stranger In Moscow would have had some live adlibs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumandraisin View Post
    I can handle the lip synching but the backing singers miming to MJs parts on Stranger are just shocking
    I think it is way more embarrassing for the big main act to mime than the backing singers and it shames me to see fans wanting "some live adlibs on certain songs" we are too forgiving we should have demanded 100% live vocals not some 30 sec snippets near the end of a song.
    YANA is just terrible in this regard, even a half arsed singer could have sung this live but not Michael. But if you make it through to the end of that performance (big if) you'lll notice his voice was good enough because the adlibs sound terrific.

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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    I'd probably say Gothenburg or Copenhagen. The energy was great in Brunei but Mike's voice does sound strained at times

    Not the best live vocals by any stretch but I do like the Billie Jean adlibs in Helsinki. MJ just seems so cool and relaxed

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    Going from what Michael Prince has said MJ felt he had relied on lip synching too much by the History tour. Although Michael Prince also said they were going to record vocals for WBSS to use on this is it along with other songs as MJs voice was not doing too well throughout rehearsals building up to July. So I think TII realistically would have had a similar amount of miming to the Dangerous tour of not History tour

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumandraisin View Post
    Going from what Michael Prince has said MJ felt he had relied on lip synching too much by the History tour. Although Michael Prince also said they were going to record vocals for WBSS to use on this is it along with other songs as MJs voice was not doing too well throughout rehearsals building up to July. So I think TII realistically would have had a similar amount of miming to the Dangerous tour of not History tour
    The goal was to be as live as possible. MJ wasn’t physically able to do both so they were going to have him lip sync most of the first few shows while he got back in the groove.

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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    The 1996 shows do have tremendous energy and are generally better to watch than the 1997 shows in that regard. However, he seems to have started the tour off in poor vocal condition. If you watch the first show in Prague, he can barely hold a shout without wavering. Then, by the time of the Tunis and Seoul shows, he sounds really ill. Especially in Seoul.

    He seems to get better by the Kuala Lumpur shows, but then he becomes ill again, complaining of laryngitis in Thailand. The vocals sound rough in the Auckland concerts which come immediately after that. Brunei sounds good though, but I’d still say Copenhagen and Gothenburg sound better.
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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    For me definitely Gothenburg!! It's a shame that the one which seems to be most widely known (Munich) is one of his weakest live vocal performances of the tour

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    Default Re: Which HIStory Tour show(s) had the best live vocals?

    There were reports at the time that right after his third HIStory concert in Amsterdam (1996), he briefly visited England in order to see a specialized therapist for his vocal cords.

    This suggests that he had serious problems with his throat/vocal cords even since the first HIStory concerts.

    But his voice did not get better during the rest of that year, judging by how he sounded when he had to sing live, like that ‘Beat It’ live performance from 1996:



    Also, his very bad, hoarse live voice at the very beginning of the HIStory Brunei concert in 1996 (the live, first ‘Scream’ lines) indicates that for some reason he quitted warming up his singing voice right before each HIStory concert.

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