Janet Jackson “The Velvet Rope” Tour 1998 & 1999

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The Velvet Rope Tour was the third concert tour by American recording artist Janet Jackson. Launched in support of her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope (1997), the tour visited Europe, North America, Japan, New Zealand, Africa, and Australia. Jackson was inspired to create an autobiographical show using elements of Broadway theatre, portraying her struggle with depression and self-esteem. The tour’s stage production was developed as a storybook setting, allowing spectators to cross beyond her “velvet rope” and experience her life story through the evolution of her musical career. It consists of twenty-six songs, several band interludes, and intense choreography along with nine costume changes and four sets. Jackson depicts themes such as burlesque and domestic violence among the show’s complex production of pyrotechnics and theatrics.

Its setlist was composed of a wide array of Jackson’s discography, focusing on new material in addition to medleys of previous hits. The tour is divided into five segments, each displaying different themes and settings. Its racy visuals and depictions of violence drew controversy, in particular her renditions of “What About” and “Rope Burn,” in which Jackson selects a fan from the audience, performing a lap dance and kissing them while strapped into a chair.

A number of reviews commended Jackson’s stage presence as consistently exceptional, noting improvement in her vocal delivery. It broke several attendance records and is the most attended stadium concert of all time in Hawaii. A private show was held in South East Asia by request of Princess Hamidah of the Brunei Royal Family.

Opening Acts:

N Sync (North America – select venues)

Usher (North America – July 9 – October 11)

98 Degrees (Hawaii)

All Saints (Brunei)

Boyz II Men (New Zealand – Auckland show only)

Another Level (Europe)

Lynden David Hall (South Africa)

Boom Shaka (South Africa)

Dr. Victor & the Rasta Rebels (South Africa)

Che Fu (New Zealand)

Human Nature (Australia)

July 9, 1998 Washington, D.C MCI Center

July 11, 1998 Cleveland Gund Arena

July 12, 1998 Cincinnati The Crown

July 14, 1998 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena

July 15, 1998 Moline MARK of the Quad Cities

July 17, 1998 Detroit Joe Louis Arena

July 18, 1998

July 22, 1998 Camden Blockbuster Sony E-Center

July 24, 1998 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon

July 25, 1998

July 28, 1998 Milwaukee Bradley Center

July 29, 1998 Minneapolis Target Center

July 31, 1998 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheatre

August 1, 1998 Kansas City Kemper Arena

August 3, 1998 Denver McNichols Sports Arena

August 5, 1998 West Valley City E Center

August 8, 1998 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place

August 11, 1998 Portland United States Rose Garden Arena

August 13, 1998 Oakland The Arena in Oakland

August 14, 1998 Sacramento ARCO Arena

August 16, 1998 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre

August 20, 1998 Inglewood Great Western Forum

August 23, 1998 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond

August 24, 1998 Frensno Selland Arena

August 26, 1998 Phoenix America West Arena

August 28, 1998 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena

August 29, 1998 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena

September 3, 1998 Greenville BI-LO Center

September 4, 1998 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion

September 5, 1998 Nashville Nashville Arena

September 7, 1998 Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre

September 9, 1998 San Antonio Alamodome

September 11, 1998 West Palm Beach Coral Sky Amphitheater

September 12, 1998 Tampa Ice Palace

September 15, 1998 Orlando Orlando Arena

September 16, 1998 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre

September 18, 1998 Boston FleetCenter

September 19, 1998 Atlantic City Mark G. Etess Arena

September 21, 1998 Bristow Nissan Pavilion

September 22, 1998 Burgettstown Starlake Amphitheater

September 24, 1998 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater

September 26, 1998 Rochester Blue Cross Arena

September 27, 1998 Ottawa Canada Corel Centre

September 29, 1998 Toronto SkyDome

September 30, 1998 Montreal Molson Centre

October 2, 1998 Worcester United States Worcester Centrum

October 4, 1998 Hartford Hartford Civic Center

October 5, 1998 University Park Bryce Jordan Center

October 6, 1998 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena

October 10, 1998 New York City Madison Square Garden

October 11, 1998

October 14, 1998 Baltimore Baltimore Arena

October 16, 1998 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon

October 18, 1998 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills

October 20, 1998 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

October 21, 1998 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater

October 25, 1998 Atlantic City Mark G. Etess Arena

October 27, 1998 Memphis Pyramid Arena

October 28, 1998 New Orleans Louisiana Superdome

October 30, 1998 The Woodlands C.W. Mitchell Pavilion

October 31, 1998

Africa

November 14, 1998 Cape Town South Africa Green Point Stadium

November 19, 1998 Durban Kings Park Stadium

November 21, 1998 Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium

Oceania

November 27, 1998 Christchurch New Zealand WestpacTrust Centre

November 28, 1998

November 30, 1998 Wellington Queens Wharf Events Centre

December 1, 1998

December 3, 1998

December 5, 1998 Auckland Ericsson Stadium

December 7, 1998 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre

December 9, 1998 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre

December 10, 1998 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre

December 12, 1998 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre

December 13, 1998 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre

December 14, 1998

December 15, 1998 Melbourne Melbourne Park

December 17, 1998

December 20, 1998 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Asia

January 12, 1999 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan

January 13, 1999

January 14, 1999

January 16, 1999 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall

January 17, 1999

January 19, 1999

January 20, 1999

January 21, 1999 Nagoya Nagoya Rainbow Hall

January 23, 1999 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena

January 25, 1999 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

January 26, 1999

North America

January 30, 1999 Honolulu United States Aloha Stadium

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“Video Introduction” (contains elements from “Someday is Tonight”, “Rhythm Nation”, “Livin’ in a World (They Didn’t Make)”, “Special”, “Escapade”, “Black Cat”)

“Velvet Rope”

“If”

“You”

“Every Time” 1

Medley: “Let’s Wait Awhile” / “Again”

Control Medley: “Control” / “The Pleasure Principle” / “What Have You Done for Me Lately” / “Nasty” (contain elements of “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”)

“Throb”

Medley: “Escapade / “When I Think of You” / “Miss You Much” / “Runaway” / “Whoops Now” 2 / “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”

“Alright”

“I Get Lonely”

“Any Time, Any Place” (Instrumental Interlude)

“Rope Burn”

“Black Cat” 3

“What About” 3 (contains an instrumental excerpt of “Jungle Boogie”)

“Rhythm Nation”

“Special”

“That’s the Way Love Goes”

Encore

“Got ’til It’s Gone”

“Go Deep”4

“Together Again”

Janet Jackson (1982)

Dream Street (1984)

Control (1986)

Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)

janet. (1993)

The Velvet Rope (1997)

All for You (2001)

Damita Jo (2004)

20 Y.O. (2006)

Discipline (2008)

Unbreakable (2015)

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