Despite kicking off to a great start, Janet Jackson‘s ‘Up, Close, & Personal Tour’ has attracted critique from a select sect of her fans.
Mainly based in the US, the group have voiced their displeasure with the apparent recycling of setlists and costumes on the trek from the singer’s 2008 ‘Rock Witchu Tour’.
Unimpressed, the tour’s lead choreographer (and Jackson’s close friend) Gil Duldulao today wrote an open letter to fans. Therein, he relayed his anger at fans who “can’t see the bigger picture” – one which sees this tour serve as a prelude to a new album, and thus creating way for a bigger full-on spectacle thereafter.
Check out the letter after the jump…
Of course after the opening I was expecting lots of opinions. The initial talks of an up close and personal tour was janet’s feeling to how she did radio city music hall. She enjoyed herself being up close and in intimate settings and wanted to bring it to the fans. So this is why she is on this tour.
Why spend money on new everything when u have a show up and running and its an intimate setting? Its to celebrate her and her number one songs. Well why is it the same set list? I’m not a musician nor do I hear what her or the musical director is hearing. These songs seem to bleed and blend into each other. I’ve suggested some changes but yet again, I’m not a musician. Certain songs just work with each other. So if there were to be changes in future, then it will be added on to the set list where it fits well. Only a musician can understand that, yet we sit here and complain about a set list they heard…. I’m sorry….if there wasn’t a set list , there would be no concert.
Janet is on a good streak right now. Everything looks great. All she needs is prayers to make it through and do all shows, not grumbling cause ur not getting what you want. Have u taken to account what happened last tour? She got sick. Why not prayers instead of grumbling. Let her prove to the nay sayers that she is back, not sick and won’t get sick ever again and fulfill her duties. You don’t know what it takes to get something like this together. Be glad that faith is back from people in the touring world to put this up, because after those cancellations, u never know if they would trust her to tour again. So STOP it now! Let her ride this amazing ride, get in back with good graces, and then when she drops her album, then we r trusted in every way to give u the show u want! A big big show in every way. But because of last tour, I could see how the big heads r skeptical….”Will she make it through this year of performing ? Cancellations? Well fuck yall, pray for her. Support her. And love on her that we r on tour. A second chance. So that once all is done and dates fulfilled all across the world, then we have even more to do a big big tour. But of course, need an album and hits, then big tour….do u not ever see the big picture? I may not be what u want a choreographer to be or at times, maybe not approachable as u like me to be but this is me. This is how I am with my friends. But I’ve been here by her side through a lot a shit. She is in the good. She is on a great ride. Press, life, happy love. Things negative r dying down. Its all a process. But yet ur not satisfied and not thinking about the bigger picture and what was done in the past that we have to do certain things to do what we want in future or to make yall more happy. Relax and all I ask is u appreciate that she’s on tour, go support her and love on her in every city, and pray for her. With all this negativity is not gonna get u or her anywhere. Seriously. Think about the past, think where she’s at now and pray as she makes this world tour of number ones and expect big things in the future cause she fulfilled her commitments.
Yes I’m sure- I’m a dick for blocking people who got something to say. Just don’t come at me with some nonsense if u haven’t thought big picture or u don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Just appreciate and love on her at this time. She needs all of us and prayers, be glad she on tour and expect a bigger one after album drops. But this is what it is now. Her hits her up close and personal, no glitz and glam, just us enjoying her music. I don’t care what the hell I’m wearing on stage cause I love her and I really love her music. I enjoy performing it.
Get another perspective is all I ask and think bigger picture. Please. I may seem like a dick all the time cause I’m constantly trying to defend her. U weren’t there on the inside to know the struggle to be where she is at now. Some may thought she may never have another chance to tour again after last one and or even dumb ass super bowl. But we are here! And doing it. And proving we r here and not going away.
R u on this train with us? If not , then seriously get a refund. My girl does not need negative energy in that intimate of a setting
Much love- gil
Fans will be fans, ay.
For yours truly, it was as clear as the sky is blue that this tour was always going to be more about re-building her fanbase and, of course, her corporate relations. Indeed, I’d put good money on the dates having already been picked out before the apparent “vote for your city” gimmick was put in play (which, in light of all the sold out dates – is proving very smart). In any case, I commend her team; for, being an artist of Janet’s caliber, it’s great to see her team thinking and acting wisely to re-establish her brand.
Gil’s incessant reference to a new album further highlights that her camp clearly have their eye on the prize. From successful movies, to successful tours, to a (fingers crossed) successful album. It’s all popping off (again) for Ms. Jackson. In a big way. Why not enjoy it?