Concert promoter Oliver Barry described the concerts on July 30 and July 31 as the most spectacular Ireland has ever seen. It’s hard to argue that Cork has seen anything quite as powerful as the sight and sound of Jackson on stage.
The gig announcement came in March and with Ticketmaster not yet operating in Ireland and the widespread availability of dial-up internet still more than a decade away, the melee for tickets was unprecedented. A second night had to be added to meet demand.
Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean and Bad threatened to blow the roof off the main stand of the stadium as Jackson stalked the stage. He departed to an ovation — the likes of which will probably never be seen for any performer in Cork ever again — before returning with a song that hinted at the mutual appreciation between Jackson and his Leeside fanclub; The Way You Make Me Feel.