JANET JACKSON ‘STATE OF THE WORLD TOUR’ Heats Up South Florida at the BB&T CenterIf anyone could heat up a chilly evening (55 degrees) here in South Florida it’s Janet Jackson. Making a stop with her State Of The World Tour, Miss Janet tore up the arena with a powerful force. In pure Janet style she addressed the unrest in this country and the world with an opening number that shook the rafters and got the attention of everyone in attendance; cue the camera phones. Flashing on the huge backdrop screen was a video montage taken straight from the headlines Poverty, police shootings, white supremists, Nazism, our country’s delve into negativity – fueled her songs The Knowledge and State Of The World. Though the opening of the show was a hard slap in the face reflecting what we face on a daily basis, the rest of the evening was billed as one big party. Live up to the expectation, it did.
Segwaying effortlessly into her barrage of hits, all 19,000 people in the BB&T Center this evening were on their feet the entire two hour show. Some trying (though unsuccessfully) to mask Jackson’s dance moves, she never stopped moving and grooving, bumping and grinding. At a tender 51 years of age and a first time mother (giving birth to her son in early 2017 – currently separated from her husband), Jackson showed no signs of slowing down. By all accounts, she seems to be just getting started in this new chapter of her life and career. Thankfully for all of us in attendance Janet has always embraced her past and the hits that have propelled her into the stratosphere in music. Squeezing all the blockbusters into an approximate 40 or so minutes, the hits were given their individual time in the spotlight. What Have You Done For Me Lately? Control, Nasty, The Pleasure Principle, Escapade, All for You, were not to be outdone by a sexy chair dance for When I Think of You. Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Janet’s dancers. Watching their syncopated dance moves is nothing short of a blast and for certain how Jackson keeps in shape on the road. She looked good.
Love Will Never Do and That’s the Way Love Goes brought the pace down slow enough to easy us into a beautiful video (Janet on a beach shot in classic black and white) and instrumental accompaniment of Again, which was sung back to the star by the audience. One of my favorite songs If was a rock slamming jam filled with monstrous moves and good vibrations. Rhythm Nation will always be a crowd pleaser and tonight was no exception. She killed it.
Ending the evening with a positive vibe and slower groove Livin In a World (They Didn’t Make), Black Eagle, New Agenda, and Well Traveled brought us full circle. Janet Jackson live in concert is nothing short of a dance party from start to finish. It’s a rolling good time and a cherry on top of my Christmas sundae.