Janet Jackson took the stage to exploding fireworks, clouds of smoke and the sounds of some early hits last night (Oct. 15) in Washington, D.C., in her first concert since she was sidelined for two we

Janet Jackson took the stage to exploding fireworks, clouds of smoke and the sounds of some early hits last night (Oct. 15) in Washington, D.C., in her first concert since she was sidelined for two weeks by a bout of vertigo.

Sporting a huge mohawk and light-colored body suit, the Grammy-winning performer opened with "Pleasure Principle," followed by "What Have You Done for Me Lately" from her 1986 album "Control." Soon after, she sang her latest single, "Feedback."

"It feels so good to be back after being down just a little bit," Jackson told the crowd at the less-than-full Verizon Center.

The two-hour, high-energy show went smoothly, but Jackson did appear winded at times. At one point, she paused to admire her backup dancers, and the audience roared with approval.

At the end of the show, a teary-eyed Jackson told the crowd: "I love you D.C. so much."

Jackson's publicist said she has been suffering from migraine-associated vertigo, which led to her canceling a string of shows. She is being treated for the illness, which is characterized by dizziness, imbalance and other symptoms.


AP LogoCopyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print