MOMENTS: The Jacksons play Knoxville

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1984 WBIR archive image from Jackson Brothers' "Victory" tour stop at Neyland Stadium

(WBIR - Knoxville) "I believe that this event will be the event of the decade." 

At the time of its announcement, The Jackson Brothers' "Victory Tour" was hailed as one of the biggest concert events East Tennessee had ever seen.

The tour stopped in Knoxville in August 1984. There were three concerts on back-to-back nights at Neyland Stadium and the prep work took weeks. The stage sprawled across Neyland's field and stood more than five stories high.

Promoters called the "Victory Tour" the stage show of the century.
When tickets first went on sale in Knoxville, local fans formed long lines to pay $31.50 each.

With just a few days to go before the first concert, word came from New York that Knoxville tour dates had been canceled.  Before the day ended, that cancellation was canceled, and the Knoxville appearance by The Jacksons was back on.

Memories made during the three-night event are still vivid in the minds of many East Tennessee and nearly three decades later, still remain one of your "Straight from the Heart" Moments.


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