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State Law Takes "Discipline" Out Of Janet Jackson Show At Palace

Of the Oakland Press

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AUBURN HILLS -- Metro Detroit finally got its Janet Jackson show. Just not all of it.

Jackson, who was making up a scheduled Sept. 27 concert that was postponed due to illness, trimmed a three-song section of her Rock Witchu Tour stop Tuesday night (Oct. 28th) at the request of Palace officials who feared it might violate a Michigan state ordinance prohibiting explicitly simulated sex acts. During one of the songs in the segment, "Discipline" -- the title track of Jackson's latest album -- dancers mime masturbation and other acts while Jackson pulls a male member of the crowd onstage, then binds and pretends to molest him.

Palace staffers brought their concerns to Jackson's camp on Tuesday afternoon, after viewing YouTube videos of the segment at previous tour stops. If a complaint were made and the state law was deemed to be violated, the arena and Jackson could be fined, and the Palace faced the possible suspension or loss of its liquor license. Jackson's co-manager Kenneth Crear, who was at the Palace on Tuesday, ultimately agreed the segment would be dropped after a discussion with the singer.

Jackson has done the same thing on her other tours, including performances at the Palace, without incident.

An arena spokesman said that "we explained the law, asked her not to do it, she complied. We did not ask her to cut the song. That was her call."

In a statement early Wednesday morning, Crear said that "Janet did not want to disappoint her Detroit-area fans again, so we adhered to Michigan's state ordinance and trimmed the 'discipline' segment of the show so it would not be canceled."

The singer, who's the youngest member of the Gary, Ind., family that produced the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson, made the crowd of 8,000 aware of the issue during her encore, apologizing for having to cut the segment and saying that "we hope you enjoyed the show we gave you." She did not, however, make any mention of the postponement.

Without the segement, Jackson's show ran for two hours, featuring all or part of 34 songs ranging from past hits to material from the "Discipline" album.

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