EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this article’s original publication on January 18, Janet Jackson has expanded her North American tour by five dates. The itinerary below has been updated to reflect Jackson’s current schedule as of January 26.
Though her last North American tour didn’t fare so well, Janet Jackson is ready to give it another go with a fresh batch of spring concert dates for her new tour, Number Ones, Up Close and Personal.
When the ’80s music icon hits the circuit in March, she’ll be routed through more intimate venues than the arenas she booked for the dud 2008 Rock Witchu Tour. But Jackson will also keep the setlist familiar, selecting songs exclusively from her 2009 compilation of number one hits.
The national leg of Jackson’s Up Close and Personal Tour kicks off March 4 at the Houston Rodeo in Houston, TX, and continues through April 22-23 at the Colosseum in Las Vegas, NV. During the jaunt, she’ll visit 17 cities for a total of 25 concert dates in the United States and Canada.
A total of eight cities, including Vegas, will host the production for multiple nights. Other stands include March 7-8 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL; March 18-19 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY; and April 14-15 at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA.
Public onsales for the trek began last weekend with quick sell-outs reported in select markets, leading to the addition of second dates. A more recently added date in Omaha has a public onsale coming up January 29. The majority of concerts are priced in the range of $50 to $150, but some cities (like Chicago or New York City) have top tickets closer to $200 or $250.
In a statement, Jackson described the upcoming tour as “different” from her previous endeavors on the road. She said, in part, “These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years.”
Jackson was last on the road in 2008 for her first outing in about seven years. Despite her time off the concert circuit, Jackson’s tour was largely troubled and suffered numerous setbacks along the way.
Supporting act LL Cool J dropped off the tour just about a month after joining the bill, and numerous concerts were cancelled, or postponed and then cancelled, due to reported bouts of migraine-related vertigo.
Janet Jackson itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|March 3||Hidalgo, TX||State Farm Arena *|
|March 4||Houston, TX||RodeoHouston|
|March 7 – 9||Chicago, IL||Chicago Theatre *|
|March 12 – 13||Toronto, ON||Sony Centre for the Performing Arts|
|March 16||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|March 18 – 19, 21||New York, NY||Radio City Music Hall *|
|March 22, 24||Washington, DC||DAR Constitution Hall|
|March 25 – 26||Atlantic City, NJ||Borgata Event Center|
|March 29||Atlanta, GA||Fox Theatre|
|March 31||St. Louis, MO||Fabulous Fox Theatre|
|April 2||Grand Prairie, TX||Verizon Theatre|
|April 3||Austin, TX||Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theatre *|
|April 5||Omaha, NE||Qwest Center|
|April 6||Denver, CO||Wells Fargo Theatre|
|April 8||Phoenix, AZ||Comerica Theatre|
|April 9||Santa Barbara, CA||Santa Barbara Bowl|
|April 14 – 16||Universal City, CA||Gibson Amphitheater *|
|April 19 – 20||San Francisco, CA||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|April 22 – 23||Las Vegas, NV||Colosseum at Caesars Palace|
* Denotes new and updated listings as of January 26, 2011.