Janet Jackson, 21 months late for her date with Philadelphia, was worth the wait

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:09:00 AM. Jackson's current tour, renamed 'State of the World,' does not shy away from the difficult issues of today.
Janet Jackson was a good 21 months late for her date with Philadelphia. Good thing the only thing that changed while we were waiting was the world. The reclusive legend, 51, was originally scheduled to play here in February 2016 in support of Unbreakable, her most recent full-length album. The was pushed to August of that year so the singer could undergo throat surgery then was postponed indefinitely after Jackson announced plans to have a child with her now-estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana. The development left local “Control” freaks who’d already secured their tickets holding the R&B equivalent of a savings bond, which  they were finally able to cash, with interest, Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Jackson’s current tour, renamed “State of the World,” does not shy away from the difficult issues of today. Though  slick-packaged political statements are de rigueur for today’s most woke musicians, Jackson’s compact, confident production was a much-needed reminder that she set the standard for the socially engaged pop star nearly 30 years ago. The audience was composed mostly of thirtysomething-and-up fans who knew the words (and in some cases, the moves) by heart. Each section contained  a smattering of women rocking convincing DIY versions of Jackson’s Rhythm Nation paramilitary look. How you really know you’re with some grown folks: West Philly native DJ Aktive, who warmed up the arena before Jackson took the stage a few minutes before 9 p.m., stirred bigger roars...Read more
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