If you had told me in 2009 that I would see Janet Jackson perform live eight years later, I wouldn’t have believed you. Not at all. As a matter of fact, I probably would have thought of you as a cruel and malicious person for even thinking of such a thing, when at the time it wasn’t much of a possibility.
Crazy enough, it happened. On November 5th, I witnessed my first ever Janet Jackson concert at Boston’s TD Garden arena, and it was amazing. From the DJ that began the show, the lively people that I spotted in the audience, the beautiful visuals, the dancers that did not miss a step, and all the way to the political and revolutionary messages that Janet said and acted throughout the show….it was just all overwhelming and magical. Originally, I didn’t plan to review the concert because frankly I had no idea how else I could describe it other than the classic “it was amazing” line. It was, but I was so amazed that I stood like a frozen icicle at times. Yet, this was me the entire concert:
With that level of happiness, how do you expect me to write about it? However, after thinking a bit more, I realized that as of December 11th, Janet has about 5 shows left of her tour including tonight, so I should help those who are contemplating on buying tickets to realize they will regret it forever if they don’t go. Also, my cousin asked my mom if I would review it, and that was enough convincing for me. So here it goes:
The Best Moments:
Before the show started, Janet’s DJ was playing a variety of Janet’s hits and a little bit of Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd so energized when that particular song came on; I felt like I time-traveled to 1991 when the video just released and everyone wanted to dance like the Egyptian pharaohs and queens.
45 minutes later, the show began with visuals on the screen showing pictures of guns, violence, the names of those who were killed from police brutality, and images of Janet in calming poses. It set an alarming and serene mood because the message of the tour is to fight against the injustices in this country, and to also have a good time being away from everything and enjoy the moment. Janet then finally made it to the stage and performed “The Knowledge,” which is a song that tackles against bigotry and ignorance.
She then began to sing live and dance non-stop on various hits like “Nasty,” “Rhythm Nation,” “That’s The Way Love Goes,” “Got ‘Till It’s Gone,” “Throb,” “All For You,” “I Get Lonely,” and so much more. The performances for “No Sleeep” and “BURNITUP!” were extra special because J. Cole and Missy Elliot appeared on the screen as the visuals they portrayed in the tracks’ music videos. Although they were not there in real life, it was a nice touch and effect to the show.
Other songs she performed include “ Where Are You Now,” “State of the World,” “Livin’ in a World,” and “Well Traveled.” I was so stunned at the fact that her dance ability at the age of 51, actually compared to a young woman in her later 20s. No joke. I heard that for some or most dancers’ dream was to dance with Janet Jackson because her level of perfection and intensity that she has showed in honor of dance over the course of years.
By far the best performance during the show was her song “What About”, where two couples, played by her dancers, portrayed acts of verbal and physical abuse, and in the end Janet revealed that those portrayals were reflections of her own life and experiences. That had me and the entire arena in tears. Sometimes I think we as fans and supporters forget that the legends and icons that we admire suffer through trials and tribulations just like everyone else. That moment was a simple reminder that God got her through so much in her life and to come back strong with nearly a sold out crowd at every arena is truly a blessing and worth celebrating. Plus she’s a momma now.
She also performed “Together Again” and dedicated the song to Michael.
I do have to say that this tour is a dream come true for Janet’s day one supporters because I was embarrassed at times for not knowing a few songs. However, I learned that this was the first time she performed a few of her songs, so that made me feel a lot better. For me, I was first introduced to her seeing her play Penny in Good Times, and then as Justice in Poetic Justice, so I’m not an expert of her music catalog. However, the concert did introduce me to some songs that I love now because I heard it live.
I honestly don’t have any criticism because the show was pretty much perfection to me, but I did expect a performance of “Scream” and I was a little sad that it didn’t happen. I know she performed it during her Los Angeles show and Michael was on the screen behind her, so I had high expectations that I would see it in Boston. It’s cool though, this was her moment. As for the merchandise, it was so expensive but worth it. I ended up getting one shirt ($40) and a coffee mug ($20), which both items are probably going to be stored somewhere safe because I don’t think I’ll ever use/wear them. Collector’s items, you know.
By the way, I would not recommend floor seats at TD Garden unless you either have front row seats, or have no choice and buy tickets at the last minute like I did. I say that because the vibration of the sound system felt very weird from the ground up, and I was forced to wear really high boots with platform heels, just so I wouldn’t have trouble seeing what’s in front of me. Not again.
So, I hope I explained enough of the tour for you all to understand the excitement of this legendary night, but it really was the type of show where you really needed to be there to feel the experience. I felt like this tour in a lot of ways provided Ms. Jackson with an abundant amounts of serenity, joy, freedom, and self-expression. I know the US sure did miss her spreading her gifts to the world, and I hope that her life continues to prosper. If you are going to her remaining shows in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia, you will not be disappointed.
For videos and photos of my night, take a look at my Instagram @therinacollective below:
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