WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Jackson took the stage to exploding fireworks, clouds of smoke and the sounds of some early hits Wednesday in her first concert since she was sidelined for two weeks by a bout of vertigo.
Sporting a huge mohawk and light-colored body suit, the Grammy-winning performer opened with "Pleasure Principle," followed by "What Have You Done for Me Lately" from her 1986 album "Control." Soon after, she sang her latest single, "Feedback."
"It feels so good to be back after being down just a little bit," Jackson told the crowd at the less-than-full Verizon Center.
The two-hour, high-energy show went smoothly, but Jackson did appear winded at times. At one point, she paused to admire her backup dancers, and the audience roared with approval.
"She was perfect. If she was sick, she's not sick anymore," said Maurice Bell, 28, of Washington. "She can still do it at 42."
At the end of the show, a teary-eyed Jackson told the crowd: "I love you D.C. so much."
Jackson's publicist said Wednesday she has been suffering from migraine-associated vertigo, which led to her canceling a string of shows. She is being treated for the illness, which is characterized by dizziness, imbalance and other symptoms.
"She's a world-class entertainer and needs to be at the top of her game to give her fans the show they expect," Jackson's manager, Kenneth Crear, said in a release. "She's feeling much better and is ready to hit the road again to finish the tour."
Crear said Jackson is feeling better and ready to continue her first North American tour in seven years. Upcoming stops include Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, New York and East Rutherford, N.J.
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Get it girl!! Janet did a remarkable performance last ***!! F all of u haters!!!
SHE NEED TO STOP PLAYING WITH PEOPLE'S EMOTIONS... SMH
Take that haters! LOL
Yea...but she still a old fossil
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GO JANET!!! I HAVE GREAT FAITH IN YOU..
who cares... her non singing ***.
Whateva she is so phony lol
she dancing like she need some GLUCOSAMINE/CHONDROINTIN
looking like an ARTHRITIC CHICKEN!!
GOOD FOR YOU GIRL! GO FOR THE IT JUST LIKE OBAMA....LOL
DID ALL 11 PEOPLE SHOW UP?
QUEEN OF DANCE!!!!
ALL I NEED IS ONE *** JANET
JANET KILLED LAST NITE....SO FORGET ALL THIS HATING NONSENSE!!! AGE AINT HIT *** TO DO WIT HER SHOW LAST NITE!!!! SHE GAVE HER ALL AND DID THE THING!!!!
OOH AND FOR THE RECORD, THE HOUSE WAS JAM PACKED AND EVERYBODY WAS UP THE ENTIRE SHOW!!! HER STE STARTED AT LEVEL 10 AND KEPT GOING UP FROM THERE!!!!
I DONT UNDERSTAND ALL THE NEGATIVITY AND DISLOYAL AND DISRESPECT FOR THIS WOMAN, THE CHICK IS PAID AND HAS INSPIRED MANY AND IF SHE WANTS TO CONTINUE HER CAREER AS SHE SEE FIT THAT HER BUSINESS!!! WHY IS IT BLACK PEOPLES MISSION TO TEAR DOWN EACH OTHER!!!!!
Miss. JACKSON, cause i nasty
Go janet!!!!! your album is hott!!!
Yess, Ms Jaxson is back...just had to get the midget outta her system! Now go' head J and finish the year strong...
yay,she jus needs to take it easy
agree with hollywouldnt
I didn't read all of that, but are yall happy now?!?! Everyday yall have a story on her and her tour!!
she looks like something i would stick in an electronical outlet
Not feeling the mohawk thang!!!
Janet, act your age and just keep it real and smokin...
you look like a pscho path...the eyes don't lie and why are you in a garage.
YOU GO JANET YOU GO....LOVE YA...
Hollywouldnt, I am in agreement with you. Janet killed that show last ***. She was excellent and the show was flawless...dance steps, vocals, music...everything was on point. I bet more than half the people with something negative to say has never seen her perform live...
And you are right, the place was packed. I know she felt good to see all those people come out to support her.
I am not a fan but I do have respect for her as an artist.
That's not her, that's Latoya
Congratulations to Janet. I am so glad to see you back up and running. I can't wait to see you in Houston.
i don;t know why everone is giving Janet such a hard time. it's not that people are not feeling her because we are. the thing is the economy is bad what would you do go see Janet or pay your rent and privide for your family. see Janet or try to save as much as you can becasue you don't know if your job is secure or not? Janet and a lot of these stars need to cut down ont he ticket prices that may help or get a smaller venue that'll defintely help. i don;t think Jnaet's career is over becuase she's nt selling a million gazillion the first week we are in the age of technology people are burning CD's like they have a right to profit off someone else's hard work. that's the problem
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Janet.. stop eating...
janet your an amazing performer/entertainer...therannorelleshow...how old is your momma? ...you probably won't live to see 42 if you dont stop being so negative...kimkelmor...how many concerts have you sold out? hollywouldn't...your comments were put!
Does she plan on reimbursing everyone for the cancelled concerts?
It's good to see her back. Go Janet!
Glad u back Damita jo
@Divaproud, why are you telling her to stop eating. She should have put on a better suit but anyways, Janet is a legend, I am glad to hear this. I am really happy for her.
i always loved janet
Love you Janet....not sure about the mohawk though. you don't need that.
YALL HATERS ARE GOIN DOWN FOR THE 09!!! BELIEVE THAT!!! BABY YALL AINT GONNA TAKE OVER!!!LOL
HEY MEDIA ***,
Did you think anyone wouldn't notice the fact that your post came straight from the Washington Post. However, you re-worded it to claim that she didn't sell out, which in fact she did. Shame on you media ***. Nice try though.
*** the fake azz *** looks fat.....*** this 80's has been.....she cant sing dance or move her fat azz around stage...saw this pathetic show, and i thank god i didnt pay for those tickets...it was given to me and can understand why they were given up...the show stank like "Jesus Juice" Who would have thought Latoya is the sane one in that *** family!
I knew she would be fine.She is not the best of singers, but Janet is an excellent performer. Like Beyonce, I feel as if she can not sing tooo tuff either but she turns it out ,so good for Janet..
Ya'll should feel really bad MTO. Ya'll have been trashing her and making her out to be a liar the whole entire time she's been sick, and not once did ya'll wish her a speedy recovery or anything. Hopefully, this was an eye-opener for ya'll.
Dannyboy46 quick question??? since you went to the show last *** right?.....you went and it sucked right??? answer me this, what was the special announcement Janet made at the show???
Good for her because she was going to have alot of people *** at here if she wasn't
get em JJ! Luv U Janet. *** these haters down! U R the Truth! A True Icon!
Good luck to her. Don't want to see her fail, but don't want her to keep doing this touring thing if she isn't up to it. Like I said, she has other ventures like her lingerie line.
THTS GOOD BUT LOOK @ THE PHOTO...JANET TOO OLD NOW! SHE IS A LEGEND. GO TO BED JANET PLEASE!! U HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO PROVE.
Janet still looks great!!!she still got it!!age aint nothin but a number...
Janet did her thing last *** she looked and sounded GREAT! beyonce cannot touch Janet she wasn't shaken her *** and half dressed to win over the crowd...she was dressed and danced and tour it down!
I am not hatin but I believe that Janet Jackson is done. She should call it quits, she is old news.
Wow, I see I was quoted from the guy the asked me about the show in front of the Verizon Center.
SNOTHING WAS WRONR WITH JANET SHE IS CARRYING A BABY SHE DONT HAVE A HANDIC OR VIGRO JUST MORING SICKNESS AND SHE IS STILL BIG AS YOU CAN SEE SHE IS HIDDING HER BELLY SHE IS DUE NEXT YEAR. THAT THE TRURTH.
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Good to see Janet's back on track =]
Janet did a superb job last ***!! I was impressed with the fact that she opened the show, by herself and pounded out four hits before the dancers took the stage. THIS tour is not like any of her previous!! She sings more and is more interactive with the audience. The stage is different and the extending wrap-around cat walk was a nice touch. When she says this tour is for the true Janet fans, she is not lying because Janet sang hits from her two, pre-control albums as well. Check it out if you can!!
Baxby seems to be the only one who actually have some truths in his/her post. I also attended a show, which by the way was sold out in Los Angeles and she did do songs from her pre-control albums and the true janet fans ate it up.
Yall can say what you want but unless you went and saw the show..you basically just don't know
By the way MTO, you are always talking about someone using your info and not crediting you, this is the 2nd day in a row I see a post that I read some where else first and you didn't credit the original source. Hmmmm
OMG! MAN YEAH THEM MIGRANES ARE SOMETHANG I HEARD! MAYBE SHE FINALLY PREGNANT! AND SHE COVERING IT UP! MAN OH WAIT!! SHE HAD A KID A LONG TIME AGO WIT THAT DEBARGE GUY! OOPS SHE SAID IT WAS HER SISTA BABY! OK JANET IF U SAY SO!
IM SO NEGATIVE!
YEAH... GLAD TO SEE JANET BACK AND FEELING BETTER...I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER WHEN SHE COMES TO NEW YORK...
YAY JANET I KNEW U COULD ;)
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Her old fat azz is moving stiff to me!She need to call it a career!Back in da day janet was way,way smaller and younger.She don't dance as mouch no more,she gone hurt her self!
JANET STILL DOIN HER THANG!!!!!
proud of you Ms. Jackson, now if I can get but one single out of whitney that will make my year....huhhhhhhhh!!
Glad she's better.
PLEASE put that stupid
of her in the VAULT!
I'M BEGGING YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes she was so good. People need to stop hating on her, Rhianna could not do what she did on wednesday.
kimkelmor I so laugh at haters like you. You want Janet to do something productive huh? I guess you want her to sit at a computer and hate on people who got it going on like you doing to her. Yeah that's productive alright productive in being a full out hater! The show was great haters. Yall should go see the show but oh I forgot yall too broke. Which would explain why all of you are sitting in front of your broke down desktops hating on Ms. Jackson. Janet rocked DC and gave every real fan there money worth. Simply the best and most beautiful at 42. Keep rocking on Damita Jo. Give the haters more to talk about..... Also check out the Washington Blade review. The writer tells the truth about the show and puts the media flat on their backs by calling them what they are haters!!!! The best and most positive review thus far after the Super Bowl. Hollywouldnt I see you are real J fan like myself and everything you're saying is fully the truth. Its said when our own bring us down. Truly sad! No wonder whites do us the way they do because of dumb *** like this who hate on a beautiful talented black queen. Who taught their dumb *** how to dance. I see Dannyboy46 didn't respond to you. If he did go I'm sure he was in the nose bleed section. Probably *** because he couldn't see her up close to hate even more. LOL.... We know the truth though his black *** didn't go. He couldn't afford to go. He was probably at work somewhere hating on Janet..... I'm glad you enjoyed the show darling. I know I did. She gave me the heads up w/ her beautiful smile and that made my whole ***. Janet is the best in the game!
The washington post review was horrible and it was obvious that guy is one of the many haters of Ms Jackson.. the Washington Blade IS a totally different and more truthful review! But of course the bad reviews are what the media will pick up on first, like MTO! ITS SAD ALL THE DISRESPECT SHE GETTING! But like Janet said on in her Saynow.com message, "dont believe what you hear and read?"" HATERS! Check out the show yourself! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH JANET!! "IM NOT ASHAMED, TO TELL THE WORLD I MISS YOU!!
janet is still great...we need to support her like whites support madonna and britney spears...they support their own and us blacks don't...ms janet still has it and she is a great performer...
Yahoooo!!!! thank you lord Jesus i love you for healing our QUEEN!