Damn… KG couldn’t get no love and JD got to hit that? Janet Jackson is making her way to Minneapolis Friday as part of her “No. Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour” (her first tour since Michael’s death) and the singer spoke candidly with their local Star Tribune about a plethora of interesting topics, including how former Minnesota Timberwolves player Kevin Garnett tried to get a piece and her thoughts on Nicki Minaj’s recent “wardrobe malfunction.”
Check out the excerpts below:
Janet Jackson knows her way around the Twin Cities, since she recorded most of her hits here with producer/songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. However, she hasn’t been here lately; Jam and Lewis moved to Los Angeles several years ago and she hasn’t worked with them since her “20 Y.O.” album in 2006.
Jackson, 45, agreed to answer some questions via email. Her answers were short and sweet, punctuated with emoticons. She didn’t give direct or in-depth responses about such controversies as her lip-syncing in concert and her infamous 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction but she did address them.
Q: What will it be like to perform all your hits in Minneapolis, where so many were written and recorded?
A: It is going to be fun for me! I can’t wait to get back to Minneapolis and see all my fans there.
Q: What’s your favorite memory of Minneapolis?
A: I have so many, but being in Minneapolis to record “Control” stands out. It was the first time I was recording a CD without my family. It was a great.
Q: I heard some guys stalked you by your hotel when you were recording “Control” in 1985. What’s that story?
A: “Nasty” is the story for that question. That song came out of that experience.
Q: What did Kevin Garnett say to you later after you brought him onstage at Target Center for the seductive “Rope Burn” in 1998?
A: Kevin Garnett wanted to hook up. :0)
Q: What do you like most about this tour? The least?
A: I am having so much fun on this tour. It is the largest ever world tour for me. Whenever possible, I am choosing more intimate venues. I love being able to see everyone’s face in the audience.
Q: What is it like to perform “Scream” without your brother Michael?
A: It is amazing. It’s very therapeutic. The energy of the song is fierce but it makes me smile inside when I hear him, when I hear his voice.
Q: What goes through your mind onstage on this tour vs. what went through your mind onstage during your arena tours?
A: All I can think about during the show is how much fun I am having and how grateful I am to all the fans who have supported me all these years.
Q: Why do you end the show with “Together Again”?
A: I love what the song says… I am letting the audience know that we will be together again… hopefully soon!
Q: Over the years, some people have said that Janet lip-syncs in concert. What’s the situation on this tour? Is all your singing live?
A: Yes, I am singing live.
WOW… 1998??? They went all the way there with it. Glad Janet got a chance to clear up the lip synchin rumors though.
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