Janet — Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty — will make a return visit to Rupp Arena very early next year. The hitmaking singer of chart toppers like Nasty, Control and youngest sister of the famous Jacksons family will bring her Unbreakable world tour to Lexington Jan. 30.
Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. July 20 at Livenation.com, Ticketmaster.com, the Rupp Arena box office (859-233-3535) and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Jackson, 49, will come to Rupp on the heels of releasing her 11th studio album in the fall, launching her own Rhythm Nation Records label and winning a major lifetime achievement award at last month’s BET Awards.
That honor recognized the fact that in the 1980s and ’90s, Jackson authoritatively stepped out of the shadows of her family and her King of Pop brother Michael with albums like Control (1986), Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) and Janet (1993) and hits such as What Have You Done for Me Lately, Miss You Much and her latest No Sleeep, from the forthcoming album.
This is the latest rock and pop booking to come to the Lexington arena that in recent years seemed to be becoming primarily a country house. Jackson’s booking joins Eagles July 25, Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper Oct. 11 and Taylor Swift Oct. 20 as acts that will perform (presumably) sans cowboy hats.
Jackson’s last Rupp Arena appearance was a July 2001 concert at which Herald-Leader critic Walter Tunis said, “Jackson was rhythm personified.” Jackson was also slated to play Rupp in July 1990, but that concert was canceled due to illness, promoters said, and never rescheduled.