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“We all have the need to feel special. This need has brought you here. This need has brought me here … “. With those words, Janet Jackson opened the The Velvet Rope Tour shows. After a long period in the studio, away from the media and the general public, she released in October 1997 The Velvet Rope, the most personal and daring album of her career till this point. On the lyrics, depression, domestic violence, bisexuality, internal clashes and other very personal themes. The sound, created once again with help from friends and partners Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, set the album apart from her previous works.

According to Janet, unlike previous tours, the whole concept suddenly appeared in her head while she was in Paris for the album release, at the end of the previous year. The strong concept of “Velvet Ropes”, that separate people from each other and from their own selves, was present as well as several references to Theater from the 1920’s and 30’s.

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Having cheerful moments, some others more serious or sexier, Janet showed the public a reflection of her life at the time, considered by some a “dark” period. The sets and stage lighting echoed the inspiration that Janet took from theater. In an interview for MTV, the singer said the lighting was designed to give the impression that the show was lit with candles, as in an ancient theater. At the opening, Janet came from inside of a book, another metaphor for the fact that she was opening her life, her most particular feelings and fantasies to the audience every night.


Once again, her friend and longtime partner Tina Landon coreographed the tour. Sharing the creative direction with Janet, Tina created a much more complex, impressive and sensual show than the previous (janet. World Tour). The musical direction was once again in the hands of Rex Sallas, and the stage and video designs were made by Mark Fischer, who had worked with big names such as Pink Floyd, U2 and The Rolling Stones.

The Tour kicked off in Europe, on April 1998. Janet was in love with the place where she had passed by during her promotional tour and decided to change things up a bit, because Tours usually start in the artist’s home country. In several interviews, the singer stated that starting in Europe was the best decision, since the public reaction and the performance, in general, were better than in the United States. The shows of Glasgow and Manchester were filmed and later were featured in the music video for the song ‘You’, released in mid-September, while the tour was going through North America.


HBO broadcasted the New York show, that happened at the famous Madison Square Garden on October 11th. The concert was televised live and watched by more than 15 million people. It was later released on VHS, Laser Disc and DVD. The release was certified Platinum and received four EMMY nominations, taking home one of the technical awards.
HBO broadcasted the New York show, that happened at the famous Madison Square Garden on October 11th. The concert was televised live and watched by more than 15 million people. It was later released on VHS, Laser Disc and DVD. The release was certified Platinum and received four EMMY nominations, taking home one of the technical awards.

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Janet Jackson The Velvet Rope Tour Photos Gallery
Janet Jackson The Velvet Rope Tour Photos Gallery
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JANET.br Janet Jackson The Velvet Rope Tour

SETLIST

1Intro
2Velvet Rope
3You
4Every Time *
5Let’s Wait Awhile/Again
6Control Medley (Control / The Pleasure Principle / What Have You Done for Me Lately / Nasty)
7Throb
8Escapade Medley (Escapade / When I Think of You / Miss You Much / Runaway / Whoops Now */ Love Will Never Do (Without You))
9Alright
10I Get Lonely
11Any Time, Any Place (Band Interlude)
12Rope Burn
13Black Cat
14What About
15Rhythm Nation
16Special
17That’s The Way Love Goes
18Got ‘til It’s Gone
19Go Deep
20Together Again

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