Exhausted Janet Jackson may quit touring

By | January 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Pop star Janet Jackson, whose current North American tour got off to a rocky start last summer, said Tuesday she may retire from the road after the jaunt ends next month because of the exhaustion. Jackson, 35, launched her “All For You” tour in July, and several shows in the first few weeks were either canceled or postponed because of production or health problems. In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, she canceled the European leg, which was set to run from Oct. 31 to Dec. 17.

She played four shows in Japan earlier this month, and will resume the North American leg Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. The tour ends Feb. 16 in Honolulu.

“Touring is very grueling. It’s very taxing on the body and living out of your suitcase, going from city to city, night after night. It’s a tough job,” Jackson told the syndicated TV news show “Extra,” which provided a partial transcript of the interview to Reuters.

“If I could find a way to do this within a month, two months, and hit every place that I need to go, I would definitely do it again. I’m trying to figure out a way to make it work for everyone in that way, but, if not, it may just be my last one.”

The interview will air in its entirety Wednesday.

Jackson also told “Extra” that she would like to focus on acting, and has “read a couple of scripts.” Her feature credits include “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” and “Poetic Justice.”

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