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Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable World Tour” Dazzles

It’s great to have Janet Jackson back making new music and touring the world.

As soon as she announced her “Unbreakable World Tour” this summer, I bought tickets to her show in Omaha, Nebraska, the day before Halloween. It was a treat and definitely not a trick.

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After four postponed shows due to strain on her voice, Janet returned to the stage for her first show back in Omaha and fans, including myself, were definitely dazzled.

For Janet fans since her first Top 40 hit, “What Have You Done For Me Lately” in 1986, she packed so many chart smashes into her 90-minute set. Yes, many were included in medleys and you only heard bits and pieces of the song.

However, that worked for me. When you have artists like Janet (and Madonna) with 30 years of countless hits, you would miss so many of them if they performed the entire song. So, the medleys worked for me even if I would have loved to have heard some of the complete songs.

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The show was lively and fun. There was so much energy during the upbeat dance numbers and Janet and her dancers took advantage of the stage to keep the party going.

When she performed slower numbers, she was mesmerizing and captivating.

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Janet only performed five songs from her latest album, “Unbreakable”, but the song selections were amazing, especially “After You Fall”, “Shoulda Known Better”, which was accompanied by a very powerful, moving video, and “Burnitup!” with the legendary Missy Elliott, who’s ready to drop her own new single, “WTF (Where They From)”, soon!

I think my favorite part of the show (if I had to choose just one) was when she performed “If”.

At the end of the show, Janet thanked the fans for the continued support not only for herself, but for her family.

A couple of times during the show, Janet pointed a finger to heaven and smiled to her brother Michael — proof that family means everything to her.

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If you’re a Janet Jackson fan, this show is not to be missed. Janet will be playing in my city, Moline, Illinois, at the iWireless Center, next summer and I hope to see the show again.

And, Janet, from what I’ve seen, you wear black sometimes and white at other times.  If I get to see you in Moline, I hope you’re wearing white this time so I can get the best of both fashion worlds.

On the day I saw Janet in Omaha on Halloween Eve, I blogged my 20 favorite Janet Jackson songs and I’m sharing that link here, too.  Let me know which of your favorites didn’t make my list.

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/my-favorite-janet-jackson-songs/

“Gimme a beat! — Hey Mr. DJ, drop that track and won’t you turn it up — Imma dance all night and I don’t care who’s out there watching us — Just give me that fire and Imma show you how to burnitup!”

Anthony

P.S.  I just love “Burnitup!” so much I’m including the lyric video, too.

My 20 Favorite Janet Jackson Songs

Janet Jackson’s first headlining concert tour was 1990’s “Rhythm Nation World Tour”.  Since then, she’s embarked on six more world tours.

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The North American first leg of her latest, the “Unbreakable World Tour”, is down to eight shows following some recent postponed shows to rest her vocal cords.

Lucky for me, her first show back is tonight in Omaha, Nebraska, and I’ll experience my first Janet Jackson show.  So, to entertain myself (and hopefully, you), I’m sharing my 20 favorite Janet hits from all of her Billboard Hot 100, R&B, or Dance Club Song chart entries.

“I hope you enjoy this as much as I do/Are we ready?/I am ’cause it`s all about control/And I’ve got lots of it”.

Okay, those are lyrics from Janet’s 1987 Top 5 Hot 100 hit “Control, which also topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop and the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.  While a fantastic song, it didn’t crack my Top 20!

Let the countdown begin.

20

“AGAIN” (1993)

19

“RUNAWAY” (1995)

#18

“JUST A LITTLE WHILE” (2004)

#17

“I GET SO LONELY” (1998) 

16

“BECAUSE OF LOVE” (1994)

15

“GO DEEP” (1998)

#14 Movie

“THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE” (1987)

13

“LET’S WAIT AWHILE” (1987)

12

“ALL FOR YOU” (2001)

11

“BURNITUP!” (2015)

10

“THAT’S THE WAY LOVE GOES” (1993)

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“THROB” (1994)

8

“TOGETHER AGAIN” (1997)

7

“IF” (1993)

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“MISS YOU MUCH” (1989)

#5 MOVIE

“NASTY” (1986)

#4 CD

“ESCAPADE” (1990)

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“LOVE WILL NEVER DO (WITHOUT YOU) (1990)

2

“WHEN I THINK OF YOU” (1986)

#1 MOVIE

“WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY”

MY LOVE FOR “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY”

That song was so popular back in 1986 when I started going out to the clubs in Kentucky and we’d be jamming to it as we got ready to go out on the town.  It’s still my favorite Janet Jackson song.

This past summer when Janet announced the “Unbreakable World Tour”, it was featured in our entertainment report on “Local 4 News This Morning” in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.  (By the way, Janet is coming here to Moline in June 2016!)

So, spontaneously, I started doing the Janet and Paula Abdul video introduction to “What Have You Done For Me Lately” from the diner.

You’ll have to forgive me because we were running out of time and I hadn’t seen the video introduction in decades, so I left out one line and changed a word.

But, it showed my love for Miss Jackson and it’s the thought that counts. 🙂

So, what are your favorite Janet songs?  Let me know.

Anthony