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Here is something you’d place a bet on after seeing Janet Jackson’s new Las Vegas residency: She has been putting in a lot of hours on the treadmill. Not that we get to see how well-toned she is or isn’t, since she’s practically overdressed for the occasion, compared to the other superstar divas who come to town and play the leggy showgirl. But, 30 years after the “Rhythm Nation” tour — which her Vegas residency is being advertised as commemorating, at least in part — she’s clearly still got all that rhythm. Who could ask for anything more? Well, you could ask for stamina, too, and Jackson has also got that, in a 100-minute show that asks at least as much of her as those tours back in the day did.
Her “Metamorphosis” residency opened Friday, the day after the singer’s 53rd birthday, a time in life at which it’s okay to become a little lazy, especially for the rare woman fortunate enough to have given birth after passing the 5-0 mark. We’ve seen younger performers who aren’t up to the determined rigors that a show like this demands, for whatever reasons, like the one who bowed out of her own Park Theater engagement earlier this year and left room for Jackson to step in. (Get well soon, Britney.) So, after you’ve maybe resolved that any “Miss You Much” will be a good “Miss You Much,” what fun it is — at least for those of us who’d passed on recent tours and didn’t know where to set expectations — to see that she hasn’t lost many steps. Actually, at the very beginning of Friday night’s opener, it seemed as if her moves weren’t quite as bold as those of her dozen-plus backup dancers, but soon enough she joined them in admirable sync, as if Jackson were going through her own opening-night metamorphosis of confidence.
10 Things to Expect from Janet Jacksons 18-Show Las Vegas Residency
Janet Jackson is loved in Las Vegas …. and that couldnt be clearer from the opening night of her residency.
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Janet performed Friday night to a packed house at the Park Theater at the MGM. The show is part of her tour — “Metamorphosis.”
Her set list is awesome — “Nasty,” “Escapade,” “Miss You Much,” “Free Xone.” “Throb,” “All Nite (Dont Stop) You,” “Trust A Try,” “Rock With U,” “When We Ooo,” “Thats the Way Love Goes,” “I Get Lonely,” “Any Time Any Place,” “Would You Mind,” “Moist, Someone to Call My Lover,” “When I Think of You,” “All For You,” “If,” “Rhythm Nation,” “Made For Now,” “Scream” and “Together Again.”
Her residency is set for 15 days, but it sounds like shell be adding an additional 3. One things a sure bet in Vegas … Janet can sell out venues as much as she wants.