Talk about taking “Control” of the room! The legendary Janet Jackson took the stage at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, NJ bringing her ‘State Of The World’ Tour to an eager audience at the sold-out Hard Rock Live! Etess Arena and her performance was an absolute delight.
The show began with a short video of news clips featuring several current affairs, from mass shootings and racial tensions to immigrant children in migrant camps and more. She launched the show with her B-side track “Skin Game (Part 1)” which, at least in our opinion, was fitting due to the fact that much of Jackson’s catalog has touched upon various social issues the affect our nation giving fans “The Knowledge” they need during the second song.
We seriously have no idea just how Jackson managed to cram so very many of her multitude of hit singles into one roughly hour and half long set, but she did it and she did it very well! While we unfortunately did not get the entirety of many of these hits which including “Nasty,” “Miss You Much,” “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” “When I Think Of You,” “Rhythm Nation” and “All For You” to only name a few, we still got the taste we so desired and Jackson was able to flawlessly blend these tracks into several brilliant medleys over the course of her iconic performance.
The audience were on their feet grooving with Jackson for nearly the entire set and Jackson, herself, has seemingly lost none of her own groove over the years, as her dance moves were extremely well choreographed and she can move just as well as she did back in her early 20’s and 30’s, she seriously looks fantastic! We were completely blown away by her powerful performance of “What About” off the album, The Velvet Rope, which takes a strong stance on the issue of domestic violence, as well as, her heartfelt family reflection during “Together Again” which featured images of her father, the late Joe Jackson.
Jackson also proved that she is still oozing with sex appeal, as she seduced the audience straddling a chair as she crooned the ballad “Any Time, Any Place” before getting the party atmosphere started once again with the Busta Rhyme’s cover “What’s It Gonna Be?!,” “So Much Betta,” and “Throb” the later of which truly showcased the incredible skills of Jackson’s posse of back-up dancers.
We were also thrilled that Jackson included “Scream,” one of our personal favorites, which was originally a duet with her brother Michael Jackson and her closing out the set with the ever-powerful “State Of The World” off her infamous album, Rhythm Nation. The ‘State Of The World’ tour provided the perfect balance of Jackson’s past paired up with what is surely a continually bright future, and we can assure you the Ms. Jackson will not be fading off into obscurity.
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