Janet Jackson’s Friday night concert at the Forum in Inglewood as part of her Unbreakable World Tour was a success.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) October 17, 2015
Jackson performed a string of old familiar tracks from her previous albums and showed off complex dance routines proving once more that she is, indeed, unbreakable.
The impressive stage production included a sophisticated set of platforms and stairs, where her insanely talented young dancers show off their moves, and multiple screens that showed close-up shots of the singer.
Jackson also covered her late brother Michael’s “Scream,” a duet they released back in 1995. Her rendition of “Scream” was a sweet homage to her brother as she only sang her parts while little bits of Michael’s voice were added to accompany the Unbreakable hit maker’s own.
“So many hits guys, I’m just getting started,” Jackson said cheerfully after setting the stage on fire with “If,” “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “The Pleasure Principle” effortlessly.
Indeed, Jackson is one of the few artists who has successfully reinvented themself over the course of their career and still remain on top. Her concert showed how much she has evolved starting from the early days of her singing career to what she has become now – the epitome of modern pop greatness.
Performing “Rhythm Nation,” was one of the best and well-received performances of that night. Right after giving her audience her signature straight-faced staredown, Jackson started singing her newest song “Burnitup” featuring another pop diva – Missy Elliot – who rapped via a huge video screen behind Jackson.
She and her dancers also indulged the audience with a sweet and sexy rendition of “When I Think of You.” “All Nite (Don’t Stop)” and “All For You” apparently left Jackson breathless but still, she managed to hit the high notes.
Jackson performed a series of slow songs in the second half of the show. The audience sang along with her when she performed her hit song “Again.” Toward the end of the concert, she performed a slower version of “Shoulda Known Better” a track off of the Unbreakable album while photos of poor children were shown onscreen.
People noticed the change in her appearance as she was covered from head to toe in a stylish ensemble of chiffon and black leather while she wore her reddish curly mane down. Although she did not bare much skin as other pop stars do, Jackson still exuded an air of sexiness and femininity that only a music icon like herself can do.
Following her Friday performance in Inglewood, Jackson had another successful concert at the Viejas Arena in San Diego on Saturday. Like the Friday concert, it was filled with energy, power, and nostalgia.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) October 18, 2015
The show was a success and people enjoyed it; however, there were some parts of the concert that could have been better. Jackson had many songs fans wanted to hear, but she may have squeezed in too many tracks in her 90-minute set. In doing so, some of the songs felt a little rushed and the audience wasn’t able to fully enjoy them.
There were times when her back-up vocals and band overpowered her voice in the more upbeat tracks. Jackson also seemed out od sync on the stage monitor, hinting that some of the tracks had been pre-recorded.
— Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) October 18, 2015
Despite these little flaws, Jackson still showed she is a great performer and her fans were definitely thrilled. A few flaws will not erase the fact that pop singers of today like Beyoncé have been influenced by the pop diva. In fact, Beyoncé, was spotted at the concert with her 3-year-old daughter Blue Ivy in California. The mother-daughter tandem was seen enjoying the night singing and dancing in their seats. They also got the chance to meet the dancers backstage after the concert.
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