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Although the lyrics of “What About” describe situations that aren’t the same as this year’s reckoning of sexual assault and sexual harassment, it wasn’t a stretch to assign an abundance of vile male behavior to the dancer as he received Jackson’s message.

How did the audience know the personal relevance of “What About”? Jackson concluded the song by saying, “This is me.”

The forceful statement arrived as one of a handful of onstage remarks by Jackson, who lived in Gary, Ind., for the first few years of her life.

“I have to tell you, it feels so good to perform for my home state,” she said near the end of Sunday’s show.

Jackson returned to Gary, where she and her iconic siblings lived in a house roughly the size of a two-car garage, following a Chicago tour stop in October. Speaking to students at Roosevelt High School, the 51-year-old talked about the February birth of her first child.

“Every doctor told me it wasn’t possible. But I’ve got a beautiful, healthy son,” Jackson said.

Youth provides one theme for Jackson’s “State of the World” tour. Despite an overall assessment that things aren’t great, a new generation can bring change.

Jackson performed 1990 chart-topper “Escapade” with two female dancers who resembled high-school students pulling the best job-shadowing assignment ever.

And Jackson deserves all credit for radiating youth at 51. She’s breezy, fit and holding onto a teenager’s bold attitudes.

Minimalism defines the “State of the World” production. Jackson began the night wearing black military boots and she steamrolled through more than one medley of hit songs.

The sound mix was far from finessed, so it was great to hear Jackson sing the melodies of “Control,” “What Have You Done for me Lately” and “Pleasure Principle” back-to-back-to-back above her rough-edged band.

A satellite stage or some type of catwalk would help the show keep pace with other modern productions as well as bring Jackson closer to her fans.

She clearly was at ease during the show’s middle segment, when she wore a denim jacket and track pants covered by a flannel shirt.

This part of the program delivered the highlight of her latest studio album, 2015’s “Unbreakable.” With assistance from rapper J. Cole via video, Jackson navigated the seductive beats of “No Sleeep.”

An audience estimated at 8,000 attended the show, making it a smaller event in the arena’s 2017 parade of blockbuster concerts starring Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Billy Joel and Lady Gaga.

Jackson last performed in Indianapolis in October 2001, a wait made even longer by canceled plans between then and now. Her 2011 concert at the Indiana State Fair didn’t happen in the wake of the fatal stage-rigging accident the night country-pop duo Sugarland was scheduled to perform.

Sunday’s show originally was set for January 2016 and then pushed back again from July 2016.

With a performance as strong as Sunday’s, there’s no reason we won’t see her again on an Indianapolis stage.

Jackson closed the show with “Well Traveled,” an “Unbreakable” selection inspired by her life’s countless adventures: “I never want to arrive. Because if I ever reach there, there’s no place left to go.”

  1. RN1814 says:

    Luther Brown talks about his work with Janet on several of her tours: http://bit.ly/2sND4Kw

  2. Sherry says:

    I love you Janet but I think you need to do something unexpected career wise.. To connect to the community or give back. Like visit some schools or hospitals , donate — do a few duets like with debarg or others— or collaborate with Beounsa on a baby song or do a video or home video or a over 40 baby talk something page — also congrats on your baby. I just had one my self at 49. I am about try for my second at 50 with a little help. Trying to strength my body now.

  3. Nickcole Collins says:

    Hello Janet I Been Thinking About u I Still Listen To Your Music I,am So Thrill And And Excited And Cannot Wait To See u Go On Tour Again In Orlando,Florida.I W Wish You Goodluck Your Baby so Adorable Take Care With Love bye.

  4. Nickcole Collins says:

    Hey Janet How U Been It Been A While It So Good To Hear From You.Congralation Your New Baby.He so adorable.Enjoy Your easter Sunday With Love.

  5. BILL says:

    Where is that famous mole ? both you guys have moles, does he have his dad’s mole, or your mole ? moles run in the family you know! You look Happy ! What should I seen you and the baby; and where? He looks like a REAL PRINCE TO ME!

    Well, you got you REAL PRINCE… and that makes you a REAL QUEEN too ! How long before he Moonwalks, a couple of years? Janet Jackson, you always get what you want. Its always been that way, but remember, you’re the youngest, am the oldest, and nobody says go, until you say GO….Well, when you go to a shoe store now, you can’t just think about yourself now. And for the first time in your life… you’ve got to think about somebody else first before your self… that must be new for you, who has everything. But there’s one thing for sure; he has lots of family to play with, and now its official, when get to Beverly Hills, he’s going to drive TMZ fans nuts, you an him, getting of a flight at LAX. Elssa, looks like he’s ready for anything. Remember the song, your daddy’s RICH and your mama’s BEAUTIFUL, not just good looking, so hus-up, little baby and don’t you cry. remember that song?
    all Elssa, needs to do is eat and get strong, now, you know boys are always taller than their fathers, so he’s going to be taller than 6’4. Wow, are you ready to start looking up, at you own son.
    Janet, I know you’re going to give Elssa, every advantage, so look for all those Your Baby Can READ products, and let him grow up with those products: Then I want to see him on LITTLE BIG SHOTS with STEVE HARVEY.

    Janet you know I can talk to you all night, but keep showing and sending those wonderful baby shots.
    Your Old man!
    you know by now, that’s what you need; young guys aren’t ready to settle down, young women keep hitting on them just because they want to put themselves on your level, but young men think its them the girls want, so they fall for that sh.., not me… you’ve always been three times faster than all your guys… they are no match for a real Queen like you…don’t you see !

    If you’re ready for real love and a real family give me a chance. http://www.secretnotes.info our future is on these pages,
    Long, Long life and HAPPINESS with GOD.
    type this in youtube bazjaz1

    Lave ya !
    Bill Bass

  6. BILL says:

    bazjaz1

    Type that name in youtube if you want to see a man still in love! you’re going to be the greatest Mom, such a lucky boy,Great times are on their way… now, you’re better than ever; A Queen Gatta do; what a Queen Gatta do! Right? And now you’re doing it.Wish he were mine. Did He even dance with you? Or wright you EVEN one LOVE SONG?

    JANET JACKSON, SOMEBODY REALLY LOVES YOU, GUESS WHO ? ME!
    And remember, those songs on youtube, are just storybords, to my Music Videos I’ll dedicate to you. I have 14 songs you, and only you inspired, 323.338.2876
    http://www.secretnotes.info
    Love you, PRAY FOR US, BILL BASS

  7. Spencer & Family says:

    Congrads Janet on the birth of your baby boy.

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  9. Nickcole Collins says:

    Hey Janet Jackson Like To Wish You A Great Happy Birthday. I will Celebrate and listen to your music.

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