All for You Tour

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All for You Tour
All For You Tour.jpg
Tour by Janet Jackson
Associated album All for You
Start date July 7, 2001
End date February 16, 2002
Legs 3
Shows 68 in North America
4 in Japan
72 in total
Box office $66,900,000
Janet Jackson concert chronology
The Velvet Rope World Tour
(1998-99)
All for You Tour
(2001)
Rock Witchu Tour
(2008)

The All for You Tour was a music concert tour by American recording artist Janet Jackson in support of her seventh album All for You, and visited North America and Japan. The show was designed by Mark Fisher and Jackson. It was originally scheduled to start in Vancouver, Canada, but due to problems transporting technical equipment across the Canada – United States border, the first show took place in Portland, Oregon. The tour trekked through North America throughout the summer and ended with a final show in Honolulu, Hawaii which was broadcast by HBO. It was originally slated to have additional international dates but all dates outside the United States, Canada, and Japan were forced to be cancelled following the September 11 attacks.

The Show[edit]

The All for You Tour is notable for its choreography, theatrics, and upbeat nature. The tour's most infamous performance is thought to be the highly controversial rendition of "Would You Mind," where Jackson selected a member of the audience and strapped them into a gurney while caressing and fondling them. The show become one of the top-grossing tours of the year and saw Jackson performing many of her biggest hits.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing the All for You Tour's premier concert at the Rose Garden Arena, Jennifer Van Evra of The Vancouver Sun reported that "the Janet Jackson that crowds are catching on this tour is distinctly different from the one they might have seen in years past. Gone is the 'girl next door' version of Janet—the coy, cutesy, smiling little girl who managed to avoid the glare of the tabloids. Now 35, recently divorced, and with a her new album 'All For You' in tow, Jackson is showing off a much sassier, sexier, more confident self."[1] Pop music critic Kevin C. Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave a mixed review, believing the concert had similarities to her prior tour. However, he remarked: "Jackson remains one of this generation's most exciting performers in concert, easily triumphing over the likes of young upstarts Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Destiny's Child."[2] Buffalo News critic Craig Seymour praised Jackson's concert at the HSBC Arena, stating that "her 'All for You' tour marked another milestone for the veteran artist, who proved to be more comfortable with own ability to command an audience than ever before."[3] According to Seymour the best segment of the night was the "Asian-influenced set for the still-rousing 'Rhythm Nation'."[3] He adds, "She doesn't fight against her image like Madonna, who plays almost none of her early hits during this summer's 'Drowned World' tour. Rather, she attacks her classics with such vigor that the experience is less nostalgic than vitally in-the-moment. But most of all, by embracing her well-liked hits, Jackson does precisely what a superstar is supposed to do: She lets the crowd love her."[3] Jim Farber of the New York Daily News wrote: "In the splashy two-hour event, which made its New York bow at Madison Square Garden last night, the suspiciously sculpted star ripped through nine costume changes, gyrated around a host of ever-changing stage sets and offered no fewer than 26 songs plucked from more than a decade's worth of hits."[4] He criticized similarities to her previous tour, saying: "Unfortunately, the evening also recycled some Janet stunts from the past. A segment that centered on frothy cartoon characters (with Jackson appearing as a sugar plum fairy) mimicked her 1998 tour's equally infantile circus fantasia. An S&M segment, in which she strapped an audience member to a gurney and straddled him, also repeated a similar NC-17 episode from the last go-round."[4] Sonia Murry of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution offered a positive review of Jackson's performance at the Philips Arena in comparison to other artists who were also touring at the time. She comments that while "'N Sync had some sharp moves on occasion, it was as if Jackson was plugged in she moved so much, and so well ... While Madonna offered a true visual feast, the 19,000-plus seemed to be satiated with just the art that was Jackson's sculptured body ... And where Sade may offer instant intimacy with one well-placed and throaty high note, well, Jackson did fine just to flex her thin pipes on 'Again', part of her medley of ballads ('Come Back to Me', and 'Let's Wait Awhile' included)."[5] Los Angeles Times pop music critic David Massey also praised Jackson's concert favorably in contrast, reporting "Madonna even in her prime was unable to move at the fast and crisp pace of Jackson. ... From the T-shirts to the tour book to the concert itself, Janet outdid the Material Girl by a mile." Massey added, "Eric Clapton sits with a guitar, year after year. Elton John sits at a piano year after year. No one presses them to dramatically alter the type of show they put on. Janet is a dance artist, and to expect something different at a Janet show is outright insane." Jackson's concert was also observed as a direct influence to Britney Spears, saying "Not only is Janet emulated by the type of show she puts on by the current teen-fab (that she made popular years ago), she still does it better than the 19-year-olds."[6] Robert Hilburn reported that "Jackson's 'All for You' concert is tightly scripted and executed with the precision of a Broadway show—complete with flashy sets, video footage (including a probably inadvertent glimpse of the World Trade Center in one), eight dancers and even more costume changes."[7] Los Angeles Daily News critic Sandra Barrera observed "[a]lthough her latest album, 'All for You' fueled the concert, Jackson embraced her past. As the video for 'Let's Wait Awhile' played on a giant screen, revealing a plumper Jackson falling in love amid the New York skyline, wild cheers came from the audience. She flashed back to her Marilyn Monroe-esque phase for 'Love Will Never Do', and vamped with grotesque creatures for 'Trust A Try'. She performed a medley of 'What Have You Done For Me Lately', 'Control' and 'Nasty'. And she sang 'Miss You Much', 'When I Think of You' and 'Escapade' while dressed as a whimsical insect in a "Bug's Life" sort of fantasy land."[8]

Neva Chonin of the San Francisco Chronicle gave a positive review, stating that Jackson has been performing "for more than 28 years, but she's not slowing down. On the contrary, Jackson's tour supporting her sultry album 'All for You' is a whirling extravaganza of ever-transforming stage sets, amped-up dancing and music strong enough to rise above the furor. There are other attractions, too, such as Jackson donning dominatrix drag to simulate rites of masochistic love with a lucky audience member while singing 'Would You Mind', whose lyrics alone could make the coldest fish sweat. Have we mentioned her fabulous voice? She has a fabulous voice."[9] Gina Vivinetto of the St. Petersburg Times, who reviewed Jackson's concert at the Ice Palace, compared it favorably to Madonna's, as "both megastars have taken wildly different paths."[10] She comments that Madonna's "lengthy show contained precious few hits. Madonna was out to share her most recent artistic vision, whether or not you liked it" and in contrast, Jackson "sweats and shimmies and dishes out every hit she's had over a 15-year career that's bursting with them. Jackson even bunches several together in medleys so you don't go home feeling cheated."[10] Jodi Duckett of The Morning Call stated "the reigning star of the first family of pop kept the sold-out crowd at the First Union Center on their feet for two hours while she sang, danced, vamped, acted and posed, supported by eight dancers and a five-member band, a wardrobe that clung to every nook of her chiseled body and a fluid stage set."[11]

Commercial reception[edit]

According to Pollstar Magazine, the tour's U.S. leg made over $40.6 million, making it the ninth highest-grossing tour of 2001. Overall, the tour grossed more than $55 million, including 11 shows in the US that were not included in the Pollstar total, and 4 sold out stadium shows in Japan. Total worldwide grosses for the All for You Tour, with inflation from 2011's average ticket price, brings the gross tour equivalent to $126,879,310.[12]

Recordings and broadcasts[edit]

The first three songs of the premiere concert in Portland were broadcast live on VH1 as Janet Jackson: Opening Night Live. Along with live reporting from the venue, the broadcas featured clips of Jackson's "Greatest Television Moments".[13] Her performance of "All for You" in Charlotte was broadcast on Michael Jackson's United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert on October 21, 2001.[14] The February 16, 2002 concert in Honolulu aired on HBO the following night. It was directed byDavid Mallet. HBO's senior vice president of original programming Nancy Geller stated, "Janet Jackson is one of today's premier entertainers, and a favorite of our subscribers. Her spectacular show continues HBO's tradition of presenting the biggest and best music".[15] This was Jackson's second HBO concert special; the first being the broadcast of The Velvet Rope Tour. The program also featured never-before-seen footage of Jackson in her dressing room while changing into her costumes during the show. One day prior to the concert, the singer held a dress rehearsal and invited many fans who were waiting outside of the stadium inside. The dress rehearsal was also filmed, with parts being edited into the televised program. Missy Elliott also made a surprise appearance at the televised concert in Honolulu to perform during "Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)". The broadcast was watched by more than twelve million viewers, and was later released on DVD and VHS, titled Janet: Live in Hawaii.[16]

Postponements and cancellations[edit]

The premiere show in Vancouver at GM Place was postponed because an integral piece of the stage set did not arrive in time for rehearsals and the planned premiere performance. According to a statement released by Orca Bay and SFX Concerts, the shipping problem is being blamed on the Canada Day and Independence Day holidays. The singer had been rehearsing in Vancouver for about a week in preparation for the tour, and began officially in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2001.[13] The same month, a show in Milwaukee was rescheduled when Jackson chipped a tooth during rehearsals for the show and had to undergo a root canal.[17] In early August 2001, Jackson caught a flu, which forced the postponement of shows in Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh.[18] A show at New York's Madison Square Garden which was scheduled for August 21, 2001, was moved to the day before due to scheduling conflicts wIth the WNBA playoffs.[19] She also rescheduled two concerts in Philadelphia and Charlotte in late August 2001, due to a recurring respiratory problem. The singer canceled a planned show in Birmingham.[20]

Jackson was scheduled to perform a concert in Tampa, Florida on September 11, 2001. However, that night's show was postponed after the September 11 attacks.[21] The following two shows in Ft. Lauderdale were also rescheduled due to the attack. The tour resumed on September 16 in New Orleans, Louisiana.[22] On October 1, 2001, Jackson canceled its whole European leg, citing travel concerns for her entourage following the September 11 attacks. She said in an statement: "My European fans are among the most loyal and I was very excited to share this show with them. I have agonized over this decision. Like most people, the events of Sept. 11 have troubled me enormously and I remain concerned about the foreseeable future. If anything happened to anyone on this tour, I could never forgive myself". The singer was due to play 22 dates across Europe, beginning October 31, 2001 in Stockholm and wrapping December 17 in Birmingham, England. Additionally, Jackson's planned performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2001, on November 8, 2001, in Frankfurt, Germany, was also canceled, with a spokerperson affirming, "She won't be coming to Europe at all [this year]".[23] Jackson considered a return to Europe in 2002, although it did not happened.[24]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Come On Get Up"
  2. "You Ain't Right"
  3. "All for You"
  4. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
  5. "Trust a Try"
  6. "Come Back to Me"
  7. "Let's Wait Awhile"
  8. "Again"
  9. Whimsical Medley:
  10. "Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)"
  11. "Got 'til It's Gone"
  12. "That's the Way Love Goes"
  13. Control Medley:
  14. "Alright"
  15. "Love Scene (Ooh Baby) (Interlude)
  16. "Would You Mind"
  17. "If" 1
  18. "Black Cat" 1
  19. "Rhythm Nation" (contains excerpts from "The Knowledge")
Encore
  1. "Doesn't Really Matter"
  2. "Someone to Call My Lover"
  3. "Together Again"

1only performed on select dates

Additional notes[edit]

  • The "All for You Tour" was directed by Jackson and her longtime friend, dancer and choreographer Shawnette Heard.
  • Janet rented the GM Place in Vancouver for the entire month of June 2001 for rehearsals, which was the longest period of time anyone has ever booked the arena for.
  • The tour was choreographed by Shawnette Heard, Gil Duldulao Jr., Eddie Morales, Marty Kudelka, Roger Lee, and Tovaris Wilson, with Kelly Konno as an assistant choreographer.
  • Pink was scheduled to be the opening act for the European dates. The opening act on the first leg of the tour in North America was 112.
  • During the dance breakdown in "Nasty," Janet sampled Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)."
  • A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold was donated to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
  • During the concerts in Japan, Janet altered the performance of "Would You Mind" by making the choreography less sexual and wearing a different costume for the purpose of not offending anyone in the conservative country.
  • The tour grossed an estimated $55 million worldwide, and inflation over time with 2011's average ticket price bring the gross tour equivalent to $126,879,310.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
July 7, 2001 Portland United States Rose Garden Arena
July 8, 2001 Seattle KeyArena
July 9, 2001 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
July 11, 2001 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
July 14, 2001 Kansas City United States Kemper Arena
July 15, 2001 St. Louis Savvis Center
July 17, 2001 Minneapolis Target Center
July 21, 2001 Columbus Nationwide Arena
July 22, 2001 Lexington Rupp Arena
July 24, 2001 Moline The MARK of the Quad Cities
July 26, 2001 Chicago United Center
July 27, 2001
July 28, 2001
July 30, 2001 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 31, 2001
August 2, 2001 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
August 3, 2001 Montreal Molson Centre
August 10, 2001 Buffalo United States HSBC Arena
August 11, 2001 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
August 16, 2001 Washington, D.C. MCI Center
August 17, 2001
August 18, 2001
August 20, 2001 New York City Madison Square Garden
August 22, 2001
August 23, 2001
August 25, 2001 Boston FleetCenter
August 26, 2001
September 3, 2001 Cleveland Gund Arena
September 7, 2001 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center
September 8, 2001 Atlanta Philips Arena
September 9, 2001 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
September 16, 2001 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
September 18, 2001 Houston Compaq Center
September 19, 2001 San Antonio Alamodome
September 21, 2001 North Little Rock Alltel Arena
September 22, 2001 Dallas American Airlines Center
September 26, 2001 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
September 27, 2001 Phoenix America West Arena
September 29, 2001 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
September 30, 2001 Sacramento ARCO Arena
October 2, 2001 Los Angeles Staples Center
October 3, 2001
October 5, 2001 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 6, 2001
October 8, 2001 San Jose San Jose Arena
October 9, 2001 Oakland The Arena in Oakland
October 10, 2001 San Jose San Jose Arena
October 12, 2001 Salt Lake City Delta Center
October 13, 2001 Denver Pepsi Center
October 16, 2001 Milwaukee Bradley Center
October 18, 2001 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
October 20, 2001 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
October 21, 2001 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
October 23, 2001 Philadelphia First Union Center
October 26, 2001 Tampa Ice Palace
October 28, 2001 Sunrise, Florida National Car Rental Center
October 29, 2001
Asia
January 12, 2002 Osaka Japan Osaka Dome
January 13, 2002
January 17, 2002 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
January 18, 2002
North America
January 25, 2002 Louisville United States Freedom Hall
January 26, 2002 Champaign Assembly Hall
January 29, 2002 Hamilton Canada Copps Coliseum
January 30, 2002 Grand Rapids United States Van Andel Arena
February 1, 2002 University Park Bryce Jordan Center
February 2, 2002 Atlantic City Trump Taj Mahal
February 5, 2002 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
February 6, 2002 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
February 8, 2002 Wilkes-Barre First Union Arena
February 9, 2002 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
February 16, 2002[A] Honolulu Aloha Stadium
A Filmed for HBO special.
Cancellations
July 10, 2001 Edmonton, Canada Skyreach Centre Cancelled
August 30, 2001 Birmingham, United States Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Cancelled
September 1, 2001 Atlantic City, United States Trump Taj Mahal Cancelled
October 31, 2001 Stockholm, Sweden Globe Arena Cancelled
November 2, 2001 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Cancelled
November 5, 2001 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum Cancelled
November 6, 2001 Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Cancelled
November 11, 2001 Berlin, Germany Velodrom Cancelled
November 12, 2001 Hannover, Germany Preussag Arena Cancelled
November 14, 2001 Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle Cancelled
November 15, 2001 Leipzig, Germany Leipzig Arena Cancelled
November 17, 2001 Zürich, Switzerland Hallenstadion Cancelled
November 18, 2001 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadthalle Cancelled
November 19, 2001 Cologne, Germany Kölnarena Cancelled
November 20, 2001 Oberhausen, Germany König Pilsener Arena Cancelled
November 22, 2001 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle Cancelled
November 26, 2001 Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Cancelled
November 29, 2001 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis Cancelled
December 1, 2001 Arnhem, Netherlands Gelredome Cancelled
December 3, 2001 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle Cancelled
December 5, 2001 Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester Evening News Arena Cancelled
December 6, 2001 Newcastle, United Kingdom Telewest Arena Cancelled
December 8, 2001 Sheffield, United Kingdom Sheffield Arena Cancelled
December 11, 2001 London, United Kingdom Earl's Court Cancelled
December 12, 2001 London, United Kingdom Earl's Court Cancelled
December 14, 2001 Belfast, United Kingdom Odyssey Arena Cancelled
December 17, 2001 Birmingham, United Kingdom National Exhibition Centre Cancelled
February 11, 2002 Memphis, United States FedEx Forum Cancelled

International dates following September 11 cancelled due to September 11 terrorist attacks.

Box office score data[edit]

Commercial Reception
Date Venue City Attendance Ticket Grossing
Tickets Sold Tickets On Sale Percentage Sold
July 21, 2001 Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio 11,734 13,663 86% $785,591
July 30 & 31, 2001 The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Michigan 27,064 33,979 80% $1,768,638
August 16, 17 & 18, 2001 MCI Center Washington, D.C. 39,010 43,557 90% $2,546,837
September 16, 2001 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, Louisiana 17,002 17,221 98% $852,114
October 2 & 3, 2001 Staples Center Los Angeles, California 26,883 28,183 95% $1,998,75
October 8, 2001 Compaq Center San Jose, California 13,454 14,215 95% $954,810
October 9, 2001 The Arena in Oakland Oakland, California 13,217 14,118 94% $935,434
October 10, 2001 Compaq Center San Jose, California 12,365 13,062 95% $877,698
October 13, 2001 Pepsi Center Denver, Colorado 13,284 18,487 72% $857,118
October 28 & 29, 2001 National Car Rental Center Sunrise, Florida 23,073 26,623 87% $1,280,001
January 26, 2002 Assembly Hall Champaign, Illinois 9,050 10,025 90% $408,518
January 29, 2002 Copps Coliseum Hamilton, Ontario 8,868 10,311 86% $439,803
January 30, 2002 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan 9,974 10,722 93% $602,547
February 1, 2002 Bryce Jordan Center University Park, Pennsylvania 8,199 10,913 75% $377,212
February 6, 2002 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, New York 11,523 12,488 92% $686,216
February 8, 2002 First Union Arena Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 7,101 7,101 100% $422,796
February 9, 2002 Hampton Coliseum Hampton, Virginia 8,847 8,934 99% $428,779
February 16, 2002 Aloha Stadium Honolulu, Hawaii 32,211 35,511 91% $1,472,935

Personnel[edit]

The band[edit]

  • Musical director: David Barry
  • Drums: Brian Frasier-Moore
  • Keyboards: Joel Campbell and Morris Pleasure
  • Guitar: David Barry
  • Bass: Ethan Farmer
  • Background vocals: Julie Delgado, Jenny Douglas-McCray, Stacey Campbell (select shows)

The dancers[edit]

  • Shawnette Heard (main choreographer)
  • Gil Duldulao, Jr. (associate choreographer)
  • Eddie Morales (associate choreographer)
  • Kelly Konno (assistant choreographer)
  • Jenna Dewan
  • Alison Faulk
  • Nicholas Florez
  • Laurie Sposit (swing dancer)
  • Kevin Wilson
  • Marcel Wilson (swing dancer)

Production[edit]

  • Set designed by Mark Fisher, Janet Jackson, Shawnette Heard
  • Lighting designed by Abby Rosen Holmes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jennifer Van Evra (2001-07-10), Janet Jackson kicks off new tour to deafening cheers: Now 35 and with a her new album in tow, Jackson is showing off a much sassier, sexier, more confident self, The Vancouver Sun: B.7 
  2. ^ Kevin C. Johnson (2001-07-17), Janet's Show Revisits 98 Too Often, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: F.3 
  3. ^ a b c Craig Seymour (2001-08-11), Giving Her 'All' R & B Diva Janet Jackson Assertively Takes Control Of An Enthusiastic Crowd, Buffalo News: C.5 
  4. ^ a b Jim Farber (2001-08-21), Janet's All For You, If You Can Find Her, New York Daily News: 6 
  5. ^ Sonia Murry (2001-09-09), Janet Jackson a hit at Philips No sign of recent illnesses during energetic show, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: E.16 
  6. ^ "Let Jackson's Energetic Beat Go On - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Massey, David. 2001-10-06. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  7. ^ Robert Hilburn (2001-10-01), Jackson's 'All for You' Concert Misses the Beat, Los Angeles Times: F.1 
  8. ^ Sandra Barrera (2001-10-01), Giving Her 'All' Jackson Pours Her Heart Into Thrilling Her Fans On Latest Tour, Los Angeles Daily News: L.11 
  9. ^ Neva Chonin (2001-10-07), In a whirl, San Francisco Chronicle: 9 
  10. ^ a b Neva Chonin (2001-10-27), Let Janet entertain you, St. Petersburg Times: 2.B 
  11. ^ Jodi Duckett (2001-10-27), Janet Jackson turns up heat in Philly, The Morning Call: A.43 
  12. ^ http://www.vh1.com/news/articles/1451603/12212001/u2.jhtml
  13. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/79213/janet-postpones-tour-opener
  14. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20011116092708/http://www.rockontour.net/rfk21.html
  15. ^ http://dev.billboard.com/articles/news/77726/janet-heads-to-hawaii-for-hbo-live-special
  16. ^ "Music DVD Review: Janet Jackson – Live in Hawaii (Re-Release)". Blog Critics. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  17. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/78827/billboard-bits-janet-system-of-a-down-blind-melon
  18. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/78827/billboard-bits-janet-system-of-a-down-blind-melon
  19. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/78692/janets-nyc-show-bumped-by-wnba-playoffs
  20. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/78555/janet-postpones-two-shows-cancels-another
  21. ^ http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/soundcheck/content/janet-jackson-coming-straz-center-tampa
  22. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/1448863/destinys-child-janet-jackson-pantera-others-cancel-postpone-concerts/
  23. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/78242/janet-jackson-cancels-european-tour
  24. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/janet-jackson/9468

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