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Review of Janet's Performance in Sydney: "Just Depressing"

"Before the Janatics bring out their voodoo dolls, I know the show is intended to be 'up close and personal' - AKA 'cheap and scaled back'. And that would have been fine for a powerhouse vocalist but seeing a once legendary entertainer out of shape, failing to pull off simple dance moves and wearing the one outfit for the entire show was just depressing. By the end of the night she even had a triangular patch of vagina sweat on her jeans. Not pretty!"

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Reply #1 posted 11/06/11 6:32am

alphastreet

Leave it to a site like pop trash to bring up vagina sweat. Who allows these barneys to be in journalism?

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Reply #2 posted 11/06/11 6:37am

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Don't trust journalism with "trash" in its title

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Reply #3 posted 11/06/11 6:50am

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Heh.
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Reply #4 posted 11/06/11 7:27am

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It's actually a good review filled with a bunch of cunty-tude.

I am curious though why she doesn't change to more refreshed clothing. She doesn't have to change into costumes but, damn, wearing the same ish during an entire show has got to be pretty stank.

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Reply #5 posted 11/06/11 7:52am

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To be entirely honest I can never tell if Janet is singing live. It always seems like miming to me, but I just can't tell. She certainly was at the superbowl right?

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Reply #6 posted 11/06/11 7:59am

alphastreet

She wore lots of outfits when I saw my show dates, but she stopped doing that a few days later. I guess it's very Jackson of her to wear the same thing lol

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Reply #7 posted 11/06/11 8:18am

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lots of fans is leaving her a lot of ruthless comments on her twitter, b/c she cancels the sdyney show today an hour before it started due to her voice or illness or something

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Reply #8 posted 11/06/11 8:26am

alphastreet

Janet is doing so well on this tour, the one or two days she cancels and everyone is bitching about it...... It's not like rockwitchu or anything, and that was an underrated show IMO

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Reply #9 posted 11/06/11 9:39am

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Janet Jackson - Up Close & Personal In Sydney

Contrary to popular belief, I like Janet. A lot. Of course, my loyalties lie with the thinking man's Jackson (ie. La Toya) but for most of the '90s her less attractive sister ranked as one of my favourite divas - right alongside Kylie, Whitney and Mariah. That admiration began to fade with the release of "All For You" and was pretty much gone by 2004's horrendous "Damita Jo" but time has not wearied the brilliance of albums like "Rhythm Nation 1814" and "Janet". The reason why I'm mentioning this is to communicate the fact that I'm not a rabid hater who went along to a very expensive concert just to trash it. I was looking forward to seeing Jan strut her stuff and enjoyed the show immensely. But there's no denying it was a sub-standard affair that painfully demonstrated just how awkwardly the '90s hitmaker fits into a Lady Gaga run world.

Let me explain. I felt much the same about seeing Whitney Houston in concert last year. While Nippy was a hot mess for very different reasons, they both struck me as legendary relics struggling to find their place in the new world order. That's not to say their fans didn't lap up each and every second or that newcomers can't appreciate their contribution to popular culture but, to be blunt, they just don't cut it anymore. I've seen better shows at RSL clubs that the spectacle (or lack thereof) that Janet put on last night. Before the Janatics bring out their voodoo dolls, I know the show is intended to be "up close and personal" - AKA "cheap and scaled back". And that would have been fine for a powerhouse vocalist but seeing a once legendary entertainer out of shape, failing to pull off simple dance moves and wearing the one outfit for the entire show was just depressing. By the end of the night she even had a triangular patch of vagina sweat on her jeans. Not pretty!

Even if you dismiss Number Ones as a lame, half-arsed tour she brought to Australia to pass the time until launching an all-conquering comeback, I still don't know how she'll fare. Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have upped the live ante by singing (well) and dancing like banshees. Rihanna and Katy Perry hide their vocal shortcomings with pyrotechnics and pomp. But miming along to a backing track, while dancing badly just won't cut it anymore unless you're Britney Spears. Janet is the Commodore 64 of pop but like that outdated and now obsolete computer, she is not without charm and managed to deliver a fun and entertaining show - largely on the strength of her killer back catalogue and general sweetness.

After playing "Runaway" on a big screen as a tribute to Sydney, Janet was greeted by a standing ovation from frenzied fans. She looked a bit dowdy in ill-fitting jeans and a white jacket but her face hasn't changed a bit since her hey day and she did a good job performing "The Pleasure Principle" - even though a large portion of the crowd obviously didn't know the words. The stage was completely bare apart from the band and dancers, which looked odd in a venue like the Opera House. I was hoping for some props or even a smoke machine to make it seem less bleak. They never came. But when you're hearing a childhood hero belt out "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" you soon forget about staging. I was almost as happy to hear "Feedback" live. It was sloppy and the first indication that the choreography wasn't quite up to scratch but I'm glad she didn't ignore "Discipline", which I actually think is quite an underrated album. The hits followed with anthems like "Miss You Much" and "Nasty", before Jan made a hasty exit.

During the first mini-break, the diva treated us to highlights from her acting career including a disturbing clip of her being abused on Good Times and the infamous punanie scene from Poetic Justice. It was odd and quite disconcerting. She returned to the stage, in the same sweat-stained clothes and knocked out a bunch of ballads including the still gorgeous "Again". She might have even sang a few notes over the backing tape on that one. Another break followed, accompanied by the tackiest screen projection I have ever seen at a concert. I'm convinced Janet made it herself using Windows Movie Maker. She returned after what felt like an eternity to sing "Escapade" - one of my all-time faves - followed by what is probably my favourite Miss Jackson tune, "Love Will Never Do (Without You)". It was a potent reminder of how impeccable her early material was. Less impressive was her lazy rendition of "When I Think Of You" but "Runaway" got a great reception as did "That's The Way Love Goes" - Janet's only Australian number one hit.

Seeing the diva perform "If" was a highlight for me (love it) but her version of "Scream" got a better reception from the audience. It was eerie seeing Michael on the big screen and Jan seemed to put in more effort for her murdered brother. La Toya would have been proud! She closed the show with "Rhythm Nation" but returned shortly thereafter to mime another of my favourites, "Together Again", while the screen showed old photos of Michael and Janet. The still amazing "All For You" then ended the pop icon's first Sydney show in almost 13 years. I'm sure Jan would have scoffed if you told her in 1998 that her next Australian tour would have involved one costume and a handful of tiny venues but I really enjoyed myself and her fans seemed happy. And while I left with the impression that she can't quite cut it anymore, I'm hoping she'll prove me wrong. Excuse me now while I go and listen to "Janet" for the third time today.

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Reply #10 posted 11/06/11 10:35am

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Reply #11 posted 11/06/11 10:46am

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lol they're not amused. lol

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Reply #12 posted 11/06/11 10:52am

neonlights

Who wears the same outfit throughout a concert? That makes no sense.

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Reply #13 posted 11/06/11 10:56am

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neonlights said:

Who wears the same outfit throughout a concert? That makes no sense.

Michael Jackson wore the same outfit throughout the Bad tour...

I do wish she would wear the outfits again but at the same time, I didn't care

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Reply #14 posted 11/06/11 10:58am

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JANET JACKSON'S CONCERT AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TONIGHT SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER CANCELLED

11/06/11

It is with regret that Dainty Group announces that tonight's Janet Jackson Number Ones: Up Close and Personal concert, at the Sydney Opera House, cannot proceed.

Doctors have ordered Miss Jackson to undertake vocal rest for the next 2 days, so she can complete the 3rd and final show of her Australian tour, this Tuesday night at the Sydney Opera House.

Unfortunately, there will not be a replacement concert scheduled, so all patrons will receive a full refund at the Sydney Opera House Box office tonight or from the point of purchase.

Please contact the Sydney Opera House Box Office on 02 9250 7777 for refund information.

AUSTRALIAN MEDIA ENQUIRIES: KERRY O’BRIEN PUBLICITY 03 9510 4777


Kerry O’Brien kerry@kob.com.au 0418 256 503

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Reply #15 posted 11/06/11 11:01am

Timmy84

What's up with performers and Australia???

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Reply #16 posted 11/06/11 11:03am

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Timmy84 said:

What's up with performers and Australia???

lol seriously!

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CHIC0 said:

JANET JACKSON'S CONCERT AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TONIGHT SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER CANCELLED

neutral ... Rock Witchu Tour all over again. Pretty soon we won't hear about ANY shows.

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Reply #18 posted 11/06/11 11:09am

alphastreet

Don't be silly, she's done so well all year!

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Reply #19 posted 11/06/11 11:13am

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neonlights said:

Who wears the same outfit throughout a concert? That makes no sense.

Michael Jackson wore the same outfit throughout the Bad tour...

I do wish she would wear the outfits again but at the same time, I didn't care

Lol, Michael Jackson is Michael Jackson.

However Janet miming to old songs while wearing the same outfit makes no sense.

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Reply #20 posted 11/06/11 11:19am

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So this muthafucka spent the whole evening staring at janet's crotch disbelief
She is doing great considering she's damn near 50 and she still sounds and looks great!
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Reply #21 posted 11/06/11 11:21am

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CHIC0 said:

JANET JACKSON'S CONCERT AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TONIGHT SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER CANCELLED

neutral ... Rock Witchu Tour all over again. Pretty soon we won't hear about ANY shows.

Yeah, because she's only done 70+ shows without incident already.

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VoicesCarry said:

ViintageJunkiie said:

neutral ... Rock Witchu Tour all over again. Pretty soon we won't hear about ANY shows.

Yeah, because she's only done 70+ shows without incident already.

Meaning the tour won't properly end...

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Reply #23 posted 11/06/11 11:29am

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VoicesCarry said:

Yeah, because she's only done 70+ shows without incident already.

Meaning the tour won't properly end...

Her tours haven't had a proper end since All For You and even that was sketchy considering she didn't make it up to fans in Europe and Australia for that tour...

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Timmy84 said:

ViintageJunkiie said:

Meaning the tour won't properly end...

Her tours haven't had a proper end since All For You and even that was sketchy considering she didn't make it up to fans in Europe and Australia for that tour...

Ouch. I didn't know she had scheduled shows for them during All For You era.

I've seen Janet twice this tour, so I can't even complain. I'm sure she'll make it up to the fans

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Reply #25 posted 11/06/11 11:34am

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Timmy84 said:

Her tours haven't had a proper end since All For You and even that was sketchy considering she didn't make it up to fans in Europe and Australia for that tour...

Ouch. I didn't know she had scheduled shows for them during All For You era.

I've seen Janet twice this tour, so I can't even complain. I'm sure she'll make it up to the fans

Sure did. Canceled them initially after 9/11 but decided to end the concert abruptly in Hawaii. She was gonna do shows in Japan to close the tour but that was aborted as well.

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Timmy84 said:

ViintageJunkiie said:

Ouch. I didn't know she had scheduled shows for them during All For You era.

I've seen Janet twice this tour, so I can't even complain. I'm sure she'll make it up to the fans

Sure did. Canceled them initially after 9/11 but decided to end the concert abruptly in Hawaii. She was gonna do shows in Japan to close the tour but that was aborted as well.

She avoided Japan twice. That must suck for them. Hopefully she'll do a DVD or something for this tour. I think that'll be nice but I doubt it

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Reply #27 posted 11/06/11 11:40am

Timmy84

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Timmy84 said:

Sure did. Canceled them initially after 9/11 but decided to end the concert abruptly in Hawaii. She was gonna do shows in Japan to close the tour but that was aborted as well.

She avoided Japan twice. That must suck for them. Hopefully she'll do a DVD or something for this tour. I think that'll be nice but I doubt it

I don't see her doing one for this tour but it'll be nice I guess...

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Reply #28 posted 11/06/11 11:45am

alphastreet

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ViintageJunkiie said:

Ouch. I didn't know she had scheduled shows for them during All For You era.

I've seen Janet twice this tour, so I can't even complain. I'm sure she'll make it up to the fans

Sure did. Canceled them initially after 9/11 but decided to end the concert abruptly in Hawaii. She was gonna do shows in Japan to close the tour but that was aborted as well.

For All For You, she canceled the Europe dates after 9-11 and added more US dates, plus a Canadian date or two. She made it to Japan, that's why she was recieving her American Music Awards via satellite in 2002, and called Lenny Kravitz a sexy ass lol but I remember fans were not happy she still flew to Japan after blaming the Euro cancellations on not feeling safe to fly.

It's one thing if the tour ended randomly, but I was upset the All For You era ended randomly. The album still had legs to help it sell more. Come On Get Up got pulled, and Trust a Try never got released like she wanted, they would have been hits in 2002 easily.

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Reply #29 posted 11/06/11 11:55am

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confuse What's the big deal on her wearing the same outfit throughout the whole performance? I thought changing clothes/costumes was only an "added extra" and not a necessity. After all, we are there to see the artist perform right? Anywho, as long as she didn't piss on herself for all the audience to see (like Fergie did) then it shouldn't matter.

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