Rock Witchu Tour: ATL

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 8:56 AM

Artist: Janet Jackson
Venue: Philips Arena
Date: 10.19.08

On a nice cool October evening in Atlanta, thousands of adoring fans watched as Janet Jackson and her team of dancers took the stage at Philips Arena for a stop on the critically acclaimed Rock Witchu tour. For two-and-a-half hours, the entire arena was rocked to 25 years worth of hits, while the sight of Miss Jackson’s signature moves mesmerized the crowd. From behind two metallic J’s that alternated sides of the stage, she emerged sporting a mohawk and began the ride of the night with a solo performance of Pleasure Principle. The dancers rejoined her as she took Control and the energy level rose even higher when they performed her recent smash Feedback.

Considering a catalog of 10 studio albums, it was amazingly impressive that she was able to perform hits from each one, totaling 37 songs and giving fans rush after rush as they screamed lyrics to the tops of their lungs and affectionately formed Janet’s signature “heart” symbol with their hands. “I was 15…” Janet confesses as the music switches from one of her first-ever singles Young Love into the fan favorite Say You Do from her self-titled debut, which preceded the Control album. The hits came non-stop, and were accompanied by acrobatic dance moves, and action from all areas of Janet’s trendsetting catwalk stage. Fans in the arena knew every word to every song, and most new at least a few dance moves, especially the infamous breakdown to If. Miss Jackson’s live vocals soared with emotion and elegance during her ballad section featuring Come Back To Me and Never Gonna Letchu Go from her latest project, among other classics. Shouts to Derrick, the lucky guy who was featured on Discipline, despite a few issues in the contraption and losing his glasses in Janet’s boobs! My personal favorite song was performed in full, Doesn’t Really Matter complete with the dance breakdown. I found (while talking with them) that the dancers all love the All For You routine which switches between doubled-off and individual routines to synchronized movements in an instant.

When it comes to dancing, who does it better than the queen? As her personal assistant told us on the exclusive backstage tour, each dancer is at the top in their field. Shouts to Gil Duldulao (a really cool down-to-earth guy to meet!), Cassidy, Teddy, Nick, Jillian, EMO!, Laurel and all the other dancers I met on the backstage tour! That headspin = off the chain!! Also shouts to Joey and Tommy who were also really cool members of Janet’s personal security, and Lil Jon Roberts (amazing drummer and great guy to meet also!). Also, a special shout to the tour manager Flo, she was really nice and started working for Janet straight out of college, she has an impressive resume!

The thing that’s most admirable about Janet, the kids and her band (which includes Lil Jon on drums!!) is something that I haven’t seen in any other stage show, even the ones that imitate hers: its effortless appearance. Not to discredit the large amounts of work that go into a production so huge, but they have a visible connection that shines onstage, making each night of the show look like total fun! It doesn’t even look like they’re working onstage and that says something about the caliber of the artist and the character of her team. There is laughter, moments of interaction, improvisations, but what tops it all is the display of family unity, in their moves and their eyes.

There aren’t many artists who can perform a show that’s over 2 hours long, either for fatigue or lack of content. It’s an amazing thing to see an icon in her element, totally at home on the stage and loving every moment of it. There’s a reason she’s as great as she is, and it is shown on every night of the Rock Witchu tour. Since my last Janet show seven years ago on the All For You tour, I have been to over 50 different concerts by different artists and I have yet to see an artist reach her caliber in performances. Forget the Ringling Brothers folks, this here is truly the greatest show on earth!

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P.S. A very very special shout to Josh and Yen who were sitting next to me, and all the fanclub members I got to meet, you guys are the best: enjoythevision, thicksational, Cas, thatdarrell, gdm, mkozik and if I forgot you, please hit me up so I can add your name in, I already know I forgot a few of you. Much LUV!

4 comments and counting...

  1. Bianca Said,

    Hey this is Roxanne from the fanclub. I absolutely love your review. I kinda got misty eyed. LOL!

    Posted on October 20, 2008 at 10:21 AM

  2. Anonymous Said,

    Great review!!!! No one compares and no one can duplicate!

    Posted on October 20, 2008 at 2:26 PM

  3. Anonymous Said,

    Hey! I saw the link to this review on the "Janet Jackson's World" group on Facebook. I decided to give it a look since I won't be able to attend any of her shows. Janet's not coming to my city (New Orleans). And unfortunately I can't travel to see her because I'm still in school at this point. But I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I hope to be able to see her perform at least once in my lifetime. From what you've written I can tell the show was a delight. I've been a fan of Janet Jackson ever since I was 4 when she released her janet album in 93. Thanks! Lovely review!

    Posted on October 27, 2008 at 5:42 PM

  4. Anonymous Said,

    So I thought I lost your card but it was in the Janet Tour program. It was so good meeting you. Nice to find other Janet fans. CANT WAIT UNTIL GREENSBORO, email or find me one facebook.


    Posted on October 27, 2008 at 9:51 PM


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