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OFFICIAL STATE OF THE WORLD TOUR THREAD

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Just back from my lil state of the world tour vacation.  Concord and LA.  mixed in disnelyland in there.  I have no words.  I'll report back when I have my life together again lol.  She did blow me away.  She has that fire in her performance and attitude I havent seen since like the All For You Tour.  Shes in such good shape too...and that gorgeous stunning face.  Shes radiant and glowing.  She seems in such a happy place.  She just knocked it out the park for me.  To have been a fan for over 30 years and to see her evolve to where she is now at this stage in the game. Shes such a epic classic legend.

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Queen Latifah, Shanice, Snoop Dogg's wife, Nicole Ritchie , Heidi Klum, Lalah Hathaway, and some d-listers from lil shows on tv and Tyler Perry cast members

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Gil posted something on his IG story about an interview on Monday and Paulette has posted a picture of her and Gil getting fitted for mic's for Extra tv, not sure when it will air.

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This video has "If", "Scream" (the visuals on the screen behind Janet show some clips from both the original music video and director's cut of the music video),  "Rhythm Nation" with the former tour dancers, and has the dancer introductions:

 

 

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Like everybody and their mommas were there! J. hud, Tank, Tinashe, Ciara, Maxwell, Raven-Symone

We've already named off all these ppl lol 

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So I really would love SOTW tour audio for my gym playlist.  Anyone know if something like that is floating around anywhere

and a HQ dj mash up of that’s the way love goes and rock the boat

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Gil interview with LA TIMES

 

“A lot of different things had been happening in the world – a new president, so much stuff. The intent was to use her art and her catalog of music to touch upon what is going on,” Gil Duldulao, Jackson’s longtime creative director, said over the phone before a show in Sacramento.

Jackson’s current tour largely takes its cues from “Rhythm Nation,” her most political, forward-thinking album. Eschewing arena pomp, Jackson’s set is simple — risers housed her eight-piece band and a trio of scrims occasionally lowered from the ceiling for visual displays — to keep the focus on Jackson and her dancers, who move through one high-octane routine after another in a feverish pace.

Work on the tour began late last year while Jackson was pregnant with her first child. Months prior she had postponed her “Unbreakable” tour due to her pregnancy (she also previously shifted dates per doctors orders) -- and although she planned to honor the nixed dates, the 51-year-old wanted to revamp the show, changing everything from its name and theme to its set list.

“When she postponed ‘Unbreakable’ she went to live her life. But she isn’t the type of artist where it's like, ‘OK, show’s postponed and I'm never gonna think about it,’” Duldulao said. “During her pregnancy we talked here and there about creative. How we wanted to represent songs – what imagery we wanted, what visuals we needed.”

 

“I literally stayed up with her one night while she was in London and I listened to every album she's ever made with her on the phone, over FaceTime,” Duldulao continued. “Some songs would make her silent. She would smile at certain songs. She’d ask me to play certain ones again and would bring up family memories and [talk about] her journeys. I had chills. It was beautiful … because I know she doesn't sit at home listening to her songs at all.”

Duldulao has worked with Jackson for more than half of his life.

A Hawaii native, the 38-year-old moved to L.A. when he was 16 to train as a dancer. When he learned Jackson was seeking background dancers for “The Velvet Rope” tour, Duldulao didn’t let being underage stop him from trying out.

“He told me he was 18. And I just found out this year that he was 16 and he lied to me,” Jackson said with a laugh while introducing Duldulao at her Bowl show. “Sixteen!”

Duldulao nailed the audition and went on the road with the singer. He helped choreograph her 2001 “All for You” tour and by 2008 he was directing her shows, working alongside the singer to shape the creative direction of her next four tours.

When Jackson and Duldulao began building out the show, his mission was to push the notoriously private entertainer out of her comfort zone – even if it meant butting heads with his friend.

“I fought her a lot on the set list. I told her, ‘Your audience knows what songs will be in every section.’ She knows her music well. She knows what works, but she also knows she could get stuck in that mode,” he noted. “I felt like this is the first time we got through to her and was like, ‘Let's try something different with the set list as a whole.’ Finally she was like, ‘If there was ever a time to do this, it’s now.’”

Experimenting alongside the show’s musical director, Daniel Jones, resulted in Jacksonadding “hidden gems” like "The Body That Loves You,” "Spending Time With You," "Island Life" and "Twenty Foreplay" – songs she had never performed live – to the set list.

“What's so special about this tour is she's doing this truly for the fans,” Duldulao said. “You feel her more than ever onstage this time than I've ever seen her. She's so much more open, free. She really is in a great space in her life … and I wanted to celebrate her and the journey to getting to this place and let the audience walk away feeling like they even know her better.

“So many people want to hear from her with everything that’s going on in the world — so why not use her art and her show to have a voice.”

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Gil interview with LA TIMES

 

“A lot of different things had been happening in the world – a new president, so much stuff. The intent was to use her art and her catalog of music to touch upon what is going on,” Gil Duldulao, Jackson’s longtime creative director, said over the phone before a show in Sacramento.

Jackson’s current tour largely takes its cues from “Rhythm Nation,” her most political, forward-thinking album. Eschewing arena pomp, Jackson’s set is simple — risers housed her eight-piece band and a trio of scrims occasionally lowered from the ceiling for visual displays — to keep the focus on Jackson and her dancers, who move through one high-octane routine after another in a feverish pace.

Work on the tour began late last year while Jackson was pregnant with her first child. Months prior she had postponed her “Unbreakable” tour due to her pregnancy (she also previously shifted dates per doctors orders) -- and although she planned to honor the nixed dates, the 51-year-old wanted to revamp the show, changing everything from its name and theme to its set list.

“When she postponed ‘Unbreakable’ she went to live her life. But she isn’t the type of artist where it's like, ‘OK, show’s postponed and I'm never gonna think about it,’” Duldulao said. “During her pregnancy we talked here and there about creative. How we wanted to represent songs – what imagery we wanted, what visuals we needed.”

 

“I literally stayed up with her one night while she was in London and I listened to every album she's ever made with her on the phone, over FaceTime,” Duldulao continued. “Some songs would make her silent. She would smile at certain songs. She’d ask me to play certain ones again and would bring up family memories and [talk about] her journeys. I had chills. It was beautiful … because I know she doesn't sit at home listening to her songs at all.”

Duldulao has worked with Jackson for more than half of his life.

A Hawaii native, the 38-year-old moved to L.A. when he was 16 to train as a dancer. When he learned Jackson was seeking background dancers for “The Velvet Rope” tour, Duldulao didn’t let being underage stop him from trying out.

“He told me he was 18. And I just found out this year that he was 16 and he lied to me,” Jackson said with a laugh while introducing Duldulao at her Bowl show. “Sixteen!”

Duldulao nailed the audition and went on the road with the singer. He helped choreograph her 2001 “All for You” tour and by 2008 he was directing her shows, working alongside the singer to shape the creative direction of her next four tours.

When Jackson and Duldulao began building out the show, his mission was to push the notoriously private entertainer out of her comfort zone – even if it meant butting heads with his friend.

“I fought her a lot on the set list. I told her, ‘Your audience knows what songs will be in every section.’ She knows her music well. She knows what works, but she also knows she could get stuck in that mode,” he noted. “I felt like this is the first time we got through to her and was like, ‘Let's try something different with the set list as a whole.’ Finally she was like, ‘If there was ever a time to do this, it’s now.’”

Experimenting alongside the show’s musical director, Daniel Jones, resulted in Jacksonadding “hidden gems” like "The Body That Loves You,” "Spending Time With You," "Island Life" and "Twenty Foreplay" – songs she had never performed live – to the set list.

“What's so special about this tour is she's doing this truly for the fans,” Duldulao said. “You feel her more than ever onstage this time than I've ever seen her. She's so much more open, free. She really is in a great space in her life … and I wanted to celebrate her and the journey to getting to this place and let the audience walk away feeling like they even know her better.

“So many people want to hear from her with everything that’s going on in the world — so why not use her art and her show to have a voice.”

I like him much better as the creative director. I'm glad Janet did cave in on the hidden gems although "TBTLYou is not one of those gems.

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The Body That Loves You is a GEM! 

 

I love that damn song.

i love that song, and it’s one of Jan’s favs, so I’ve alwayd wondered why she didn’t perform it lol

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i love that song, and it’s one of Jan’s favs, so I’ve alwayd wondered why she didn’t perform it lol

um, cus it wasn't a single. Simple.

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she’s performed non singles on tour b4 

Aside from When We Ooo (which she did once), she hasn’t performed past non-singles on tour

Thats not including songs from the respective supporting album 

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What About snippet

 

https://youtu.be/VbeoPST8puA

Amazing video.  I can't imagine how emotional she was given that LA is probably the first performance she's done with so many friends and family in the audience... people that actually know what she went through.  And her dear, sweet, LEGENDARY mother Katherine!!!  She, Rebbie and Randy were with Janet in London when the SH_T was going down!!! :tear:

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Aside from When We Ooo (which she did once), she hasn’t performed past non-singles on tour

Thats not including songs from the respective supporting album 

Exactly. She's juss now goin back to different eras and performing non singles except for The Rock Tour.. She has never done that before. They make it sound like she's always done non singles that weren't on the album she was supporting with the tour

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When did Janet release "What About?" as a single?

You're missing what we are saying. If Janet doesn't perform non singles from the current album she is supporting at that time...then 9 chances out of 10 she will not do it on future tours. Infact the LA TIMES article that interviewed Gil even says how HE was the one that basically was telling Janet to stop with her cliche medley's cus it's predictable to her audience. He said they FINALLY got through to her to switch it up and add songs that ppl wouldn't expect. If it wasn't for Gil, Janet would not be performing Island Life,TBTLY,etc. The Rock Tour was the ONLY tour aside from this where she stepped outside of her setlist formula because it was a tour for the diehard fans. 

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When did Janet release "What About?" as a single?

What other tour did she perform it on aside from the supporting album? 

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