State of the World Tour

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State of the World Tour
Tour by Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson - State of the World (Official Tour Poster).png
Official tour poster
Associated album Unbreakable
Start date September 7, 2017 (2017-09-07)
End date October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)
Legs 2
No. of shows
  • 72 in United States
  • 2 in Canada
  • 74 in total
Attendance 456,633
Box office $33.4 million
Janet Jackson concert chronology

The State of the World Tour is the eighth concert tour by American singer Janet Jackson. Launched in promotion of her eleventh studio album Unbreakable (2015), the tour is produced by Live Nation and is under the creative direction of Gil Duldulao.[1] Announced in May 2017 as a 56-city North American trek visiting the United States and Canada, it is a continuation of the Unbreakable World Tour, which was postponed in 2016 due to Jackson's pregnancy. Tickets originally purchased for the Unbreakable World Tour were honored with new concert dates under the revamped State of the World Tour.

The theme of the tour was altered to reflect socially conscious messages from Jackson's entire music catalog. The revised name of the tour is taken from her 1991 single "State of the World", released from her fourth studio album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The tour was advertised on social media with socially conscious lyrics quoted from studio albums Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet (1993), The Velvet Rope (1997) and Unbreakable. A number of songs selected for the concert set list, along with corresponding imagery depicted on stage, address racism, white supremacy, homophobia, fascism, xenophobia, domestic violence and police brutality.[2]

The first concert took place on September 7, 2017, in Lafayette, Louisiana at the Cajundome arena. Proceeds from the September 9, 2017 concert at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas were donated to relief efforts supporting evacuees of Hurricane Harvey; Jackson met with Houston mayor Sylvester Turner and evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center prior to the performance.[3] The first leg of the tour concluded with a concert at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on December 17, 2017.

Background[edit]

On May 1, 2017, Jackson announced a massive North American trek to reschedule her Unbreakable World Tour that was postponed due to the singer's pregnancy, with Jackson set to embark on a rebranded trek starting in September. Tickets from the postponed Unbreakable Tour gigs will be honored at the new dates, while newly scheduled stops going on sale, beginning May 5, 2017, at Live Nation.

Concert synopsis[edit]

The concert opens with a video reel denouncing white supremacy, right-wing extremism, domestic terrorism and police brutality. Names of unarmed black men killed by police which drew national attention with the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the deadly violence surrounding the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia were depicted in the video.[4] As Jordan Darville of The Fader observes: "The one-minute video introduction starts by naming unarmed black men who were killed by police officers: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Jonathan Ferrell. Then, we hear audio clips of television personalities and protestors explaining the threats of white supremacy, privilege, and inequality. The message is a vital one: The Center for Investigative reporting has shared an analysis of domestic terrorism in the United States spanning nine years, and found that right-wing extremists were responsible for twice as many violent attacks compared to Islamic extremists."[5]

The tour marks the first time non-single songs from earlier albums such as "The Body That Loves You" (from the Janet album), "Spending Time With You" and "Island Life" (both from the Damita Jo album) were performed live, alongside the first performance of 1995 single "Twenty Foreplay" (from the Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 album) and the first time "Where Are You Now", "New Agenda", "What About", "The Knowledge", "State of the World" and "Someone To Call My Lover" were performed since their respective album's tours. Also, songs from the "Unbreakable" album were performed for the first time, such as "Black Eagle", "Dammn Baby", and "Well Travelled". On October 8, 2017, Jackson welcomed back several former dancers to appear during the performance of "Rhythm Nation" at the Hollywood Bowl.[6][7]

The 2018 leg of the show also saw another revision to the setlist, adding first-ever performances of "The Skin Game (Part 1)" (a B-side to the "Come Back To Me" single), Feels So Right and Truth (from All for You), and her 1998 collaboration with Busta Rhymes, "What It's Gonna Be". Additionally, songs Jackson left out of her shows for years, such as "Runaway, "When We Oooo", "Doesn't Really Matter", "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)", "So Much Betta" and "You Ain't Right", are part of the setlist.

Commercial reception[edit]

According to StubHub, the State of the World Tour ranks as one of the top 10 most in-demand concert tours for the fall of 2017.[8]

At the end of 2017, the tour placed at number 62 on Pollstar's "2017 Year-End Top 100 Worldwide Tours" list, grossing $33.4 million from 56 shows with a total attendance of 456,633.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

The tour opened to positive critical reception, with several commentators praising Jackson's post-pregnancy physical fitness, showmanship and socially conscious messages.[10] Her emotional rendition of "What About", a song concerning domestic violence originally recorded for The Velvet Rope, drew media attention highlighting her recent separation from her third husband Wissam Al Mana; Jackson's brother Randy alleges she suffered verbal abuse by Al Mana which contributed to the breakdown of their marriage.[11][12]

In his review for the Houston Chronicle, Joey Guerra wrote that "Janet Jackson is at her absolute best, and largely unparalleled in pop music, when she funnels direct, declarative messages into her songs", citing numerous hits from her catalog. He considered "Rhythm Nation" a highlight of the show, which "resonates even more today in a world seemingly gone mad[.]"[4] Brandon Caldwell of the Houston Press reported that Jackson's denouncement of police brutality and white supremacy, as well as her dance-driven classic hits elated the crowd. "For two hours on Saturday night," he wrote, "it felt right to go through the eras with Janet. The liberating janet. years, the rhythm-driven arcs of Control and even the current Unbreakable album."[13]

Set List: 2017 Leg[edit]

This set list is representative of the show on September 7, 2017, in Lafayette, Louisiana.[14] It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.

  1. "The Knowledge"
  2. "State of the World"
  3. "Burnitup!"
  4. "Nasty"
  5. "Feedback"
  6. "Miss You Much"
  7. "Alright"
  8. "You Want This"
  9. "Control"
  10. "What Have You Done for Me Lately"
  11. "The Pleasure Principle"
  12. "Escapade"
  13. "When I Think of You"
  14. "All for You"
  15. "All Nite (Don't Stop)"
  16. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
  17. "Again" (Video Introduction)
  18. "Twenty Foreplay"
  19. "Where Are You Now"
  20. "Come Back to Me"
  21. "The Body That Loves You"
  22. "Spending Time with You"
  23. "No Sleeep"
  24. "Got 'til It's Gone"
  25. "That's the Way Love Goes"
  26. "Island Life"
  27. "Throb"
  28. "Together Again"
  29. "What About"
  30. "If"
  31. "Rhythm Nation"
  32. "Black Eagle"
  33. "New Agenda"
  34. "Dammn Baby"
  35. "I Get Lonely"
  36. "Well Traveled"

Notes:

  • Jackson performed "Scream" at several shows, including in Los Angeles,[15] Brooklyn,[16], Washington D.C.,[17] Baltimore,[18] Newark,[19] Pittsburgh,[20][21] Louisville,[22] Lexington[23] and Memphis,[24] with a video screen projections of her brother, Michael performing his parts of the song.
  • Missy Elliott joined Jackson on the Atlanta date of the tour on December 17, 2017, performing "Burnitup!". Additionally, Jackson performed her 2006 single "So Excited".[25][26]
  • Jackson performed "Someone to Call My Lover" in place of "Island Life" at several shows, including shows in Cleveland[27] and Memphis.[24]

Set List: 2018 Leg[edit]

This set list is representative of the show on August 1, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina. [28]

  1. "The Skin Game (Part 1)"
  2. "The Knowledge"
  3. "BURNITUP!"
  4. "Nasty"
  5. "Miss You Much"
  6. "Alright"
  7. "You Want This"
  8. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
  9. "Control"
  10. "What Have You Done for Me Lately"
  11. "The Pleasure Principle"
  12. "When I Think of You"
  13. "All for You"
  14. "All Nite (Don't Stop)"
  15. "Runaway"
  16. "When We Oooo"
  17. "Feels So Right"
  18. "Doesn't Really Matter"
  19. "DJ Interlude"
  20. "Come Back To Me" / "Let's Wait Awhile" (Interlude Video)
  21. "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)"
  22. "I Get Lonely"
  23. "Any Time, Any Place"
  24. "What's It Gonna Be?!"
  25. "No Sleeep"
  26. "Got 'til It's Gone"
  27. "That's the Way Love Goes"
  28. "So Much Betta"
  29. "Throb"
  30. "Together Again"
  31. "What About"
  32. "You Ain't Right"
  33. "If"
  34. "Scream"
  35. "Rhythm Nation"
  36. "State of The World"
  • "Truth" was performed on selected dates

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 - North America[29][30][31]
September 7, 2017 Lafayette United States Cajundome 3,992 / 9,668 (41%) $248,203
September 9, 2017 Houston Toyota Center 10,789 / 11,872 (91%) $879,536
September 10, 2017 Austin Frank Erwin Center 4,973 / 10,560 (47%) $438,010
September 13, 2017 San Antonio AT&T Center 6,773 / 13,539 (50%) $508,536
September 14, 2017 Dallas American Airlines Center 11,255 / 13,808 (82%) $878,887
September 16, 2017 North Little Rock Verizon Arena 4,997 / 13,900 (36%) $264,966
September 17, 2017 Tulsa BOK Center 4,315 / 11,146 (39%) $358,156
September 19, 2017 Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater 12,295 / 15,003 (82%) $478,130
September 21, 2017 Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena 7,504 / 12,386 (61%) $513,976
September 23, 2017 Anaheim Honda Center 10,706 / 13,594 (79%) $828,894
September 24, 2017 Fresno Save Mart Center 7,002 / 11,688 (60%) $626,357
September 26, 2017 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena 7,077 / 8,063 (88%) $326,808
September 27, 2017 Seattle United States KeyArena 10,355 / 11,747 (88%) $675,461
September 29, 2017 Portland Moda Center 8,017 / 9,455 (85%) $511,238
October 1, 2017 Reno Grand Theatre
October 3, 2017 Sacramento Golden 1 Center 10,768 / 11,774 (92%) $696,058
October 5, 2017 Concord Concord Pavilion 11,062 / 11,988 (93%) $659,180
October 7, 2017 San Diego Valley View Casino Center 8,004 / 9,636 (83%) $620,967
October 8, 2017 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl 16,255 / 17,423 (94%) $1,778,376
October 14, 2017 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center 7,583 / 8,077 (94%) $931,996
October 16, 2017 Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena 4,320 / 6,264 (69%) $264,366
October 17, 2017 Denver Pepsi Center 5,748 / 12,103 (48%) $401,516
October 19, 2017 Kansas City Sprint Center 7,544 / 7,544 (100%) $472,714
October 21, 2017 St. Louis Chaifetz Arena 6,894 / 7,440 (93%) $436,425
October 22, 2017 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley Center 6,005 / 7,670 (79%) $372,840
October 25, 2017 Moline TaxSlayer Center 3,318 / 8,125 (47%) $207,002
October 26, 2017 Rosemont Allstate Arena 12,363 / 12,363 (100%) $898,295
October 28, 2017 Toledo Huntington Center 5,031 / 7,030 (72%) $391,129
October 29, 2017 Detroit Little Caesars Arena 12,744 / 13,485 (95%) $841,583
November 1, 2017 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 5,168 / 7,116 (73%) $300,870
November 2, 2017 Toronto Canada Scotiabank Arena 12,178 / 12,178 (100%) $681,652
November 4, 2017 Buffalo United States KeyBank Center 8,244 / 9,249 (89%) $521,050
November 5, 2017 Boston TD Garden 9,956 / 12,545 (80%) $798,339
November 7, 2017 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center 4,976 / 7,988 (62%) $316,301
November 8, 2017 Manchester SNHU Arena 4,203 / 5,500 (77%) $218,658
November 10, 2017 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 8,912 / 11,295 (79%) $657,693
November 11, 2017 Bethlehem Sands Bethlehem Event Center 1,817 / 1,913 (95%) $247,362
November 13, 2017 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 9,480 / 13,327 (71%) $761,938
November 15, 2017 Brooklyn Barclays Center 13,165 / 13,165 (100%) $1,515,353
November 16, 2017 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena 12,160 / 13,562 (89%) $1,156,681
November 18, 2017 Baltimore Royal Farms Arena 11,228 / 12,043 (93%) $833,685
November 19, 2017 Newark Prudential Center 12,862 / 12,862 (100%) $1,059,230
November 26, 2017 Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse 9,436 / 9,436 (100%) $593,224
November 28, 2017 Columbus Value City Arena 7,851 / 9,632 (82%) $546,075
November 29, 2017 Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena 8,831 / 10,963 (81%) $478,152
December 1, 2017 Louisville KFC Yum! Center 7,693 / 8,198 (94%) $521,846
December 3, 2017 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena 6,226 / 7,689 (81%) $505,580
December 4, 2017 Lexington Rupp Arena 3,004 / 5,661 (54%) $213,782
December 6, 2017 Memphis FedExForum 5,586 / 9,548 (59%) $350,517
December 7, 2017 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 8,815 / 8,815 (100%) $516,269
December 9, 2017 Birmingham Legacy Arena 5,910 / 12,703 (47%) $458,354
December 11, 2017 Sunrise BB&T Center 7,140 / 9,673 (74%) $553,528
December 12, 2017 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 6,953 / 8,659 (80%) $510,021
December 14, 2017 Norfolk Norfolk Scope Arena 7,373 / 7,597 (97%) $558,749
December 16, 2017 Columbia Colonial Life Arena 9,638 / 11,745 (82%) $616,305
December 17, 2017 Atlanta Philips Arena 11,134 / 11,823 (94%) $800,052
Leg 2 - North America
July 8, 2018[a] New Orleans United States Mercedes-Benz Superdome
July 11, 2018 Austin Austin360 Amphitheater
July 13, 2018 Rogers Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 15, 2018 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
July 18, 2018 Syracuse Lakeview Amphitheater
July 20, 2018 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium
July 26, 2018 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 28, 2018[b] New York City Randall's Island Park
July 29, 2018 Virginia Beach Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
August 1, 2018 Raleigh Coastal Credit Union Music Park
August 3, 2018 Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion
August 5, 2018 Miami American Airlines Arena
August 7, 2018 Tampa MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 10, 2018 Stateline Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
August 12, 2018[c] San Francisco Golden Gate Park
September 29, 2018[d] New York City Great Lawn
September 30, 2018 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
October 2, 2018 Atlantic City Etess Arena
Total 448,128 / 572,263 $32,800,870

Cancelled shows[edit]

List of cancelled concerts, showing date, city, country, venue and reason for cancellation
Date City Country Venue Reason
July 22, 2018[e] Los Angeles United States Exposition Park Cancellation of Festival

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The July 8, 2018, concert in New Orleans, United States at Mercedes-Benz Superdome was a part of the Essence Music Festival.[32]
  2. ^ The July 28, 2018, concert in New York, United States at Randall's Island Park was a part of the Panorama Music Festival.[33]
  3. ^ The August 12, 2018, concert in San Francisco, United States at Golden Gate Park was a part of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.[34]
  4. ^ The September 29, 2018, concert in New York City, United States at Central Park will be a part of the Global Citizen Festival.[35]
  5. ^ The July 22, 2018, concert in Los Angeles, United States at Exposition Park was going to be a part of the FYF Fest.[36]

Citations[edit]

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  2. ^ Danielle Kwateng-Clark (2017-09-08). "Janet Jackson 'Snatched Wigs' At First State Of The World Tour". Essence. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  3. ^ Joi-Marie McKenzie (2017-09-10). "Janet Jackson breaks down in tears at Houston tour stop". ABC News. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  4. ^ a b Joey Guerra (2017-09-09). "Janet Jackson addresses State of the World in Houston". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  5. ^ Jordan Darville (2017-09-08). "Janet Jackson Opens Show With Video Denouncing White Supremacy And Domestic Terrorism". The Fader. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
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  8. ^ "Fall's Most In-Demand Concerts Revealed (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2017-09-16. 
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  11. ^ Gil Kaufman (2017-09-11). "Janet Jackson Gets Emotional While Performing Song About Abuse For the First Time in 18 Years". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  12. ^ Janine Rubenstien (2017-09-12). "Janet Jackson Was 'Verbally Abused' by Ex, Randy Claims". People. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  13. ^ Brandon Caldwell (2017-09-10). "Janet Jackson Reminds Houston Why She's an Icon". Houston Press. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
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  18. ^ Case, Wesley (November 19, 2017). "With 'so many hits,' Janet Jackson delivers pop, R&B excellence at Royal Farms Arena". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
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  21. ^ Tady, Scott (November 30, 2017). "Janet Jackson returns to form in Pittsburgh". The Times. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
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  23. ^ Tunis, Walter (December 5, 2017). "Janet Jackson's Rupp Arena return: reinvigorating the Rhythm Nation". LexGo. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b Mehr, Bob (December 7, 2017). "Review: Janet Jackson offers spectacle and intimacy at FedExForum concert". Commercial Appeal. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  25. ^ Stafford, Leon (December 18, 2017). "Concert review: Janet Jackson "Controls" Atlanta at Philips Arena". myAJC. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  26. ^ A., Sam (December 18, 2017). "Janet Jackson Closes 'State Of The World Tour' With A Bang / Brings Missy Elliott, 'So Excited,' & More To ATL". That Grape Juice. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  27. ^ Wallace, Emanuel (4 December 2017). "Janet Jackson Delivers a Message of Love at Quicken Loans Arena Concert". Scene. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  28. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/janet-jackson/2018/coastal-federal-credit-union-music-park-at-walnut-creek-raleigh-nc-4beb7f6e.html
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  30. ^ Reed, Ryan. "Janet Jackson Extends 'State of the World' Tour With New U.S. Dates". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  31. ^ North American box score:
  32. ^ "When to see Janet Jackson: Essence Fest 2018 announces schedule". Nola. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  33. ^ Braca, Nina. "The Weeknd, Janet Jackson & The Killers to Headline Panorama NYC 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  34. ^ Wicks, Amanda. "Outside Lands 2018: Janet Jackson, Weeknd, Jamie xx, Florence, Bon Iver, More". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  35. ^ "Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B and More Slated to Headline 2018 Global Citizen Festival". Retrieved 7 August 2018. 
  36. ^ Reed, Ryan. "Florence and the Machine, Janet Jackson to Headline 2018 FYF Festival". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 

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