Janet on stage : Rhythm Nation era (1989-1991)

RN TOUR

CONCERTS

Rhythm Nation Tour
Start date February 27, 1990
End date November 16, 1990
Legs 5
No. of shows 15 in Asia
20 in Europe
96 in North America
131 in total
Box office $54,514,000 (in 90 shows within the USA, adjusted to 2019 dollars)

Set list
“Control”
“Nasty”
“What Have You Done for Me Lately”
“Let’s Wait Awhile”
“When I Think of You”
“The Pleasure Principle”
“T.V.” (interlude)
“State of the World”
“Race” (interlude)
“The Knowledge”
“Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)” (instrumental interlude)
“Black Cat”
“Come Back to Me”
“Alright”
“Escapade”
“Miss You Much”
“Pledge” (interlude)
“Rhythm Nation”

Rehearsals

Rehearsals for the Rhythm Nation Tour were held in Los Angeles in January 1990. While rehearsing in L.A , Janet got a surprise visit from comedian Arsenio Hall who was recording his TV Show in another studio and she agreed to do the Miss You Much chair routine for his audience!

Janet then rehearsed in Pensacola, Florida for two weeks before the tour kickoff. She surprised the people of Pensacola with a concert that was announced only one day ahead of time. The $10 tickets, limited to a four per person, didn’t go on sale until the morning of the concert. All 7,600 tickets were sold within three hours. Another 1,000 tickets were given to local charities.

Tour Dates

1st Leg : North America 

February 27, 1990 Pensacola United States Pensacola Civic Center 8,600 / 8,600 $76,000
March 1, 1990 Miami Miami Arena 15,082 / 15,082 $297,870
March 3, 1990 Chapel Hill Dean Smith Center 17,095 / 17,095 $321,653
March 4, 1990 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum 20,834 / 20,834 $398,892
March 6, 1990 Columbia Carolina Coliseum
March 7, 1990 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena 15,449 / 15,449 $285,554
March 9, 1990 Louisville Freedom Hall 17,639 / 17,639 $332,787
March 10, 1990 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum 15,312 / 15,312 $283,272
March 12, 1990 Richfield Richfield Coliseum 16,990 / 16,990 $314,315
March 13, 1990 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 15,825 / 15,825 $287,906
March 15, 1990 New York City Madison Square Garden 35,741 / 35,741 $1,053,548
March 16, 1990
March 19, 1990 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum 13,000 / 13,000 $281,888
March 20, 1990 Toronto Skydome 22,625 / 22,625 $476,627
March 22, 1990 Landover United States Capital Centre 34,581 / 34,581 $765,112
March 23, 1990 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
March 26, 1990 Worcester Centrum in Worcester 27,600 / 27,600 $600,458
March 27, 1990
March 29, 1990 Landover Capital Centre [a] [a]
March 31, 1990 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
April 2, 1990 Detroit Joe Louis Arena 35,645 / 35,645 $702,460
April 3, 1990
April 5, 1990 Bloomington Met Center
April 6, 1990
April 9, 1990 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon 15,703 / 15,703 $347,063
April 11, 1990 Kansas City Kemper Arena 14,516 / 14,516 $283,062
April 13, 1990 Fort Worth TCCC Arena 13,233 / 13,233 $258,043
April 15, 1990 Houston The Summit 27,082 / 30,000 $506,903
April 16, 1990
April 18, 1990 Tempe ASU Activity Center
April 20, 1990 Inglewood Great Western Forum 57,600 / 57,600 $1,196,448
April 21, 1990
April 23, 1990 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 13,283 / 13,283 $264,233
April 25, 1990 Inglewood Great Western Forum [b] [b]
April 26, 1990
April 28, 1990 Oakland Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena 58,002 / 58,002 $1,363,047
April 29, 1990
May 1, 1990
May 2, 1990
May 4, 1990 Sacramento ARCO Arena 29,942 / 29,942 $703,637
May 5, 1990

2nd leg : Japan 

May 17, 1990 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
May 18, 1990
May 20, 1990 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
May 21, 1990
May 23, 1990 Yokohama Yokohama Arena

3rd leg : North America

June 6, 1990 Tacoma United States Tacoma Dome 39,287 / 47,370 $893,779
June 7, 1990
June 9, 1990 Vancouver Canada BC Place
June 11, 1990 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
June 12, 1990 Calgary Olympic Saddledome 14,531 / 16,507 $317,334
June 15, 1990 Denver United States McNichols Sports Arena
June 16, 1990
June 18, 1990 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
June 20, 1990 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre 34,698 / 40,000 $730,905
June 21, 1990
June 23, 1990 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
June 24, 1990
June 26, 1990 Inglewood Great Western Forum 42,848 / 42,848 $892,188
June 27, 1990
June 29, 1990
July 2, 1990 Dallas Reunion Arena
July 3, 1990 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center Arena
July 5, 1990 Austin Frank Erwin Center 24,974 / 26,508 $484,477
July 6, 1990
July 8, 1990 New Orleans Louisiana Superdome
July 10, 1990 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum 10,488 / 10,488 $235,980
July 12, 1990 Miami Miami Arena 10,031 / 11,500 $225,698
July 13, 1990 Orlando Orlando Arena 12,842 / 12,842 $288,945
July 14, 1990 St. Petersburg Florida Suncoast Dome 18,833 / 18,833 $419,647
July 16, 1990 Atlanta Omni Coliseum 51,712 / 51,712 $1,034,240
July 17, 1990
July 19, 1990
July 20, 1990
July 22, 1990 Birmingham BJCC Coliseum 13,354 / 13,354 $287,111
July 24, 1990 Indianapolis Market Square Arena 12,962 / 12,962 $256,000
July 25, 1990 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
July 27, 1990 Milwaukee Bradley Center 15,491 / 15,884 $298,860
July 29, 1990 Tinley Park World Music Theatre
July 30, 1990
August 1, 1990
August 10, 1990 Landover Capital Centre 44,812 / 44,812 $1,019,473
August 11, 1990
August 13, 1990
August 14, 1990 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
August 16, 1990 Philadelphia The Spectrum
August 17, 1990
August 19, 1990
August 21, 1990 Ottawa Canada Lansdowne Park 8,013 / 12,000 $188,044
August 22, 1990 Auburn Hills United States The Palace of Auburn Hills 32,832 / 32,832 $746,928
August 23, 1990
August 25, 1990 Albany Knickerbocker Arena 13,200 / 13,200 $254,623
August 27, 1990 Providence Providence Civic Center 10,709 / 11,805 $243,630
August 28, 1990 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 12,827 / 15,029 $291,814
August 30, 1990 East Rutherford Brendan Byrne Arena 15,686 / 15,686 $317,168
September 4, 1990 Richfield Township Richfield Coliseum

4th leg :  Europe

October 4, 1990 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Sportpaleis
October 5, 1990
October 6, 1990
October 8, 1990 Berlin Germany Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle
October 12, 1990 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
October 14, 1990 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
October 15, 1990 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
October 16, 1990 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
October 18, 1990 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
October 24, 1990 Eissporthalle Frankfurt
October 26, 1990 Birmingham England NEC Arena
October 27, 1990 National Exhibition Centre
October 28, 1990 London Wembley Arena

5th leg : Japan

November 3, 1990 Osaka Japan Osaka-jō Hall
November 4, 1990
November 6, 1990 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
November 7, 1990
November 9, 1990 Hong Kong[26] Hong Kong Hong Kong Coliseum
November 10, 1990
November 11, 1990
November 14, 1990 Nagoya Japan Nagoya Rainbow Hall
November 15, 1990
November 16, 1990 Yokohama Yokohama Arena

Tour personal

Management – Roger Davies Management, Inc.
Tour Manager – Rusty Hooker
Assistant Tour Manager – Nelson Hayes
Production Manager – Benny Collins
Assistant Production Manager – Lisa Hoth
Stage Manager – Chris Tervit
FOH Sound Engineer – Chris Taylor
Monitor Engineer – Randy Weitzel
Musical Director – Chuckii Booker
Lighting/Design – Roy Bennett
Automated Lighting- Gary Westcott
Drum Technician – Tom Wilson
Tour Photography – Eddie Wolfl

Dancers – “The Nation”
Choreography
Janet Jackson, Anthony Thomas, Terry Bixler, LaVelle Smith

Staging
Janet Jackson, Tina Landon, LaVelle Smith, Terry Bixler, Anthony Thomas

TV PERFORMANCES AND AWARD SHOWS

September 14, 1989 :J anet gives a press conference to announce the album & the short film. Later that day, Janet attends the album party with many friends and family members (Quincy Jones, Jackie & Marlon, Jackson, Donny Osmond, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Rob Lowe etc.).

November 1989 : Janet, Rene & the Kids (the dancers) go on a promotional tour in Europe.

-London (England) : They perform “Rhythm Nation” and “Miss You Much” on Top Of The Pops (aired on November 9) and Miss You Much & Rhythm Nation on TV PLUS, The Royal Variety Performance (aired on November 20) & Big England Cafe (aired on November 19).

-Paris (France) : They perform “Miss You Much”  at Studios des Buttes-Chaumont on Sacrée Soirée TV show on TF1 (aired on November 22).

-Berlin (Germany) : They perform “Miss You Much” on ZDF and “Rhythm Nation”  on TV Puls (aired on November 16).

-Madrid (Spain) : They perform “Miss You Much” & “Rhythm Nation” at TVE Studios and “Rhythm Nation” at Rockopop.

-Westfalenhalle, Dortmund (Germany) : They perform “Miss You Much” & “Rhythm Nation” at Peter’s Pop Show (aired on November 17).

-Merksem, Antwerp (Belgium) : They perform “Miss You Much” & “Rhythm Nation” at the Diamond Awards (aired on November 17).

December 8, 1989 : Janet attends the presentation of platinum records for her album “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” and two singles “Miss You Much” and “Rhythm Nation” at A&M Records in Hollywood, California

January, 1990 : While rehearsing for her first tour in a studio of Los Angeles , Janet gets a surprise visit from comedian Arsenio Hall who is recording his TV Show in another studio and she accepts to do the Miss You Much chair routine for his audience!

January 22, 1990 : Janet attends the American Music Awards where she performs “Escapade” and wins 2 awards.

March 14, 1990 : Janet wins 3 Soul Train Music Awards but does not attend the ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles because she is on tour in NYC.

April 20, 1990 : Janet attends the unveiling of her Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame with Rene, Katherine, Joe & Rebbie among others.

September 6, 1990 : Janet is presented the Video Vanguard Award for her contributions and influence within music and popular culture. She also performs “Black Cat”.

November 26, 1990 : Janet attends the Billboard Awards ceremony at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. She wins an unprecedented 9 awards!

December 9, 1990 : Janet attends the NAACP Image Awards where she wins an award and presents one to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

March 16 1991, :  Janet is presented with the Humanitarian Of The Year Award by the Starlight Foundation at the 20/20 Club in Beverly Hills, California.

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