Janet on stage : The Velvet Rope era (1997-1999)

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The Velvet Rope Tour

Start date April 16, 1998
End date January 30, 1999
Legs 6
No. of shows 62 in North America
34 in Europe
3 in Africa
15 in Oceania
11 in Asia
125 total
Box office $21,964,832 (in 18 shows, adjusted to 2019 dollars)


“Velvet Rope”
“Let’s Wait Awhile” / “Again”
“The Pleasure Principle” / “What Have You Done for Me Lately”
“Nasty” (contain elements of “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See”)
“Escapade” / “When I Think of You”
“Miss You Much”
“Runaway” / “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”
“I Get Lonely”
“Rope Burn”
“Black Cat”
“What About”
“Rhythm Nation”


“That’s the Way Love Goes”
“Got ’til It’s Gone”
“Together Again”

-“Every Time” was performed during the final concert in Tokyo.
-“Whoops Now” was performed during the European leg.
-On select dates, such as the performance in Oakland, “Black Cat” and “What About” were removed from the set list.
-“Go Deep” was added to the set list halfway through the European leg of the tour.
-“Love Will Never Do (Without You)” was not performed on the European leg.
Tour dates

1st leg : Europe
April 16, 1998 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
April 17, 1998
April 19, 1998 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
April 24, 1998 Nürnberg Germany Frankenhalle
April 29, 1998 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
May 1, 1998 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
May 3, 1998 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
May 5, 1998 Milan Italy FilaForum
May 7, 1998 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
May 8, 1998 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
May 9, 1998 Leipzig Messehalle
May 11, 1998 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
May 13, 1998 Turku Finland HK Arena
May 15, 1998 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
May 16, 1998 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
May 17, 1998 Gothenburg Scandinavium
May 19, 1998 Berlin Germany Velodrom
May 20, 1998 Dortmund Westfalenhallen
May 22, 1998 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
May 24, 1998 Toulon France Zénith Oméga de Toulon
May 26, 1998 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
May 27, 1998 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
May 29, 1998 Birmingham United Kingdom NEC Arena
May 30, 1998 Newcastle Telewest Arena
May 31, 1998 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
June 3, 1998 Glasgow SEC Centre
June 4, 1998 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
June 6, 1998 London Wembley Arena
June 7, 1998
June 9, 1998 Arnhem Netherlands GelreDome
June 11, 1998 Hamburg Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
June 12, 1998
June 16, 1998 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 17, 1998 London England Wembley Arena

2nd leg : North America
July 9, 1998 Washington, D.C. United States MCI Center
July 11, 1998 Cleveland Gund Arena
July 12, 1998 Cincinnati The Crown
July 14, 1998 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
July 15, 1998 Moline The MARK of the Quad Cities
July 17, 1998 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
July 18, 1998
July 22, 1998 Camden E-Centre
July 24, 1998 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
July 25, 1998
July 28, 1998 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley Center
July 29, 1998 Minneapolis Target Center
July 31, 1998 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheatre
August 1, 1998 Kansas City Kemper Arena
August 3, 1998 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
August 5, 1998 West Valley City E Center
August 8, 1998 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
August 11, 1998 Portland United States Rose Garden
August 13, 1998 Oakland The Arena in Oakland
August 14, 1998 Sacramento ARCO Arena
August 16, 1998 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 20, 1998 Inglewood Great Western Forum
August 23, 1998 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
August 24, 1998 Fresno Selland Arena
August 26, 1998 Phoenix America West Arena
August 28, 1998 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
August 29, 1998 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
September 3, 1998 Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena
September 4, 1998 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion
September 5, 1998 Nashville Nashville Arena
September 7, 1998 Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre
September 9, 1998 San Antonio Alamodome
September 11, 1998 West Palm Beach Coral Sky Amphitheatre
September 12, 1998 Tampa Ice Palace
September 15, 1998 Orlando Orlando Arena
September 16, 1998 Atlanta Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre
September 18, 1998 Boston FleetCenter
September 19, 1998 Atlantic City Mark G. Etess Arena
September 21, 1998 Bristow Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
September 22, 1998 Burgettstown Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater
September 24, 1998 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater
September 26, 1998 Rochester Blue Cross Arena
September 27, 1998 Ottawa Canada Corel Centre
September 29, 1998 Toronto SkyDome
September 30, 1998 Montreal Molson Centre
October 2, 1998 Worcester United States Worcester’s Centrum Centre
October 4, 1998 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
October 5, 1998 University Park Bryce Jordan Center
October 6, 1998 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena
October 10, 1998 New York City Madison Square Garden
October 11, 1998
October 14, 1998 Baltimore Baltimore Arena
October 16, 1998 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
October 18, 1998 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 20, 1998 Raleigh Hardee’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
October 21, 1998 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater
October 25, 1998 Atlantic City Mark G. Etess Arena
October 27, 1998 Memphis Pyramid Arena
October 28, 1998 New Orleans Louisiana Superdome
October 30, 1998 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 31, 1998
3rd leg : South Africa
November 14, 1998 Cape Town South Africa Green Point Stadium
November 19, 1998 Durban Kings Park Stadium
November 21, 1998 Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium
4th leg : Oceania
November 27, 1998 Christchurch New Zealand WestpacTrust Centre
November 28, 1998
November 30, 1998 Wellington Queens Wharf Events Centre
December 1, 1998
December 3, 1998
December 5, 1998 Auckland Ericsson Stadium
December 7, 1998 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
December 9, 1998 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
December 10, 1998 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
December 12, 1998 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
December 13, 1998 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre
December 14, 1998
December 15, 1998 Melbourne Melbourne Park
December 17, 1998
December 20, 1998 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre

5th leg : Japan 
January 12, 1999 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
January 13, 1999
January 14, 1999
January 16, 1999 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
January 17, 1999
January 19, 1999
January 20, 1999
January 21, 1999 Nagoya Nagoya Rainbow Hall
January 23, 1999 Hamamatsu Hamamatsu Arena
January 25, 1999 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
January 26, 1999
Last concert 

January 30, 1999 Honolulu United States Aloha Stadium


Janet performed a private show at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre in Brunei, South East Asia by request of Princess Hamidah of the Brunei royal family. An exclusive audio recording of the show was issued to attendees of Hamidah’s twenty-first birthday party.

Musical Director: Rex Salas
Drums: Lil John Roberts
Keyboards: Rex Salas and Darrel Smith
Percussion: Terry Santiel
Guitar: David Barry
Bass: Sam Sims
Background vocals: Stacy Campbell and Rebecca Valadez
Tina Landon (choreographer)
Kelly Konno
Gil Duldulao
Michael Andrews
Tyce Diorio
Teresa Espinosa
Shawnette Heard
Nikki Pantenburg
Robert Vinson


September 4, 1997 : The video for “Got Til It’s Gone” is premiered on MTV. Janet & Rene attend the 4th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City where Janet presents an award to Mark Romanek.

September 5, 1997 : Janet attends the Third Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica where Maya Angelou presents her with the Lena Horne Awards during the Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards (with Katherine, Rene & Jimmy Jan in the audience) in Santa Monica.

September 17, 1997 : Janet unveils her wax statue at the Rock Circus in London and later she tapes two performances of her new single “Got til’ It’s Gone” on Top Of The Pops.

September 24, 1997 : In Paris Janet & the Kids perform “Got Til’ It’s Gone” at Graines de Star TV show on M6.

September 25, 1997 : Janet is a guest on french TV show Nulles Part Ailleurs on Canal + but she doesn’t perform.

Early November 1997 : Janet goes to Chicago with Rene & the Kids to tape an interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She also performs “Got Til It’s Gone” & “Together Again”.

November 8 : Janet performs “Got Til It’s Gone” on Hey Hey It’s Saturday TV Show in Melbourne, Australia.

November 16 : Janet performs “Got Til It’s Gone” on HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP in Tokyo, Japan.

November 19 : The Oprah Winfrey Show episode with Janet airs on TV.

Late November/Early December 1997: Janet, Rene & the Kids go back to Europe to promote the single Together Again  :

-Paris (France) : Janet performs Got Til It’s Gone on Les Années Tubes (TF1) which airs on November 25. She also performs Got Til It’s Gone and Together Again on Hit Machine which airs on M6 on December 14 and another performance of Together Again which airs on M6 on December 31.

-Hilversum (Netherlands) : Janet performs Together Again on TROS TV Show which airs on November 27.

-Rome (Italy)  : Janet performs Together Again on Fantastico 8 which airs on November 29.

-London (England) : Janet performs Together Again on Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 1997 which airs on November 30.

-Madrid (Spain) : Janet performs Together Again on Sorpresa, ¡Sorpresa! which airs on December 11. She also performs Got Til It’s Gone and Together Again on Música sí which airs on December 12 and another performance of Together Again which airs on Turrón y… cuenta nueva on December 31.

-Berlin (Germany) : Janet performs Together Again on Nur Die Liebe Zählt which airs on December 13.

-Maimarkthalle, Mannheim (Germany) : Janet performs Together Again on Wetten, dass..? which airs on December 13.

January 26, 1998 :  Janet opens the American Music Awards ceremony with an amazing performance of “Together Again” in a R&B version.

February 26, 1998 : Janet tapes a piano/vocal performance of “I Get Lonely” on the Rosie O Donnell Show and Rosie presents her with the Grammy Award she won the night before.

February 27, 1998 : Janet performs “I Get Lonely” at the Soul Train Awards.

March 10, 1998 : In NYC, Janet gives an interview on CNN’s Larry King Live. At night she & Rene attend the Blockbuster Awards in L.A where Janet is presented with an award.

April 4, 1998 : Janet performs I Get Lonely at the TMF Awards in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

July 9, 1998 : Janet gives an interview to Good Morning America. At night, she kicks off the north american leg of the Velvet Rope Tour at the United States MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

July 21, 1998 : Janet is a guest on Late Night With David Letterman in New York City.

October 9, 1998 : Janet makes a surprise appearance on the Rosie O Donnell Show in NYC to promote her upcoming HBO Special.

October 11, 1998 : Janet performs a concert at the Madison Square Garden live on HBO around the world. Q-Tips does his rap on Got Til It’s Gone and backstage Janet meets Usher, Missy Elliot & Busta Rhymes among others.

October 23, 1998 : Janet performs “What About” with Tina & Shawnette at the 4th annual VH1 Fashion Awards at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden, New York.

January 11, 1999 : Janet accepts an American Music Awards via satellite live from Tokyo.

March 21, 1999 : Janet attends the 71st Annual Academy Awards – Elton John AIDS Foundation Party at Pagani’s in Los Angeles with Shawnette & Lisa Marie Presley. She also spends time with Whitney Houston.

May 5, 1999 :  Janet goes to Monaco with Shawnette where she is presented with a Lifetime Achievment Award by Prince Albert at the World Music Awards.

May 17, 1999 : In LA Janet attends the ASCAP Awards where she is presented with an award and presents another to Joni Mitchell.

May 27, 1999 : Janet attends the Commitment to Life XI Gala to Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City where she is presented with an Award for her fight against Aids.

August 18, 1999 : Janet attends the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood Busta Rhymes and her are presented with the Award For Best Video for “What’s It Gonna Be”.

September 9, 1999 : Janet attends the 16th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. Video Music Awards. She walks the red carper with Q-Tip and later she presents an award to Ricky Martin & Tina Landon.

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