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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2001

Janet Jackson tickets on sale tomorrow

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

Ticket-buying advisories

 • Start of sales: 9 a.m. tomorrow, at the stadium box office and Ticket Plus locations, including the Blaisdell Center.

 • Early line-ups:
At stadium: Cars permitted onto Lower Salt Lake lot opposite McDonald's from midnight tonight, and overnight line-up starting at 1 a.m. tomorrow, for access to Gate 3 box office; no parking fee before 6 a.m.; thereafter, 50 cents per person (swap meet admission).
At Blaisdell: no overnight line-up allowed; parking lot opens at 6:30 a.m. Saturday; $3 nonrefundable parking fee.

 • Tokens: None at the stadium; random distribution from 7:30 a.m. tomorrow at Blaisdell; Foodland stores that are open 24 hours plan to issue tokens between 7:30 and 8 a.m.

 • Limit: Eight tickets per person, for first-day sales.

 • Payment: At stadium, cash, VISA or MasterCard; at Blaisdell and Ticket Plus outlets, cash only. (Foodland stores also accept credit cards). Charge by phone with American Express, VISA or MasterCard. No checks.

 • Service fee: None at the stadium; $4.25 per ticket, plus $2.50 per transaction, for Ticket Plus phone orders; $3.25 per ticket at Ticket Plus outlets, including Blaisdell.

 • Telephone charges:
526-4400 (Ticket Plus).

 • Online charges:

Tickets will be $65, $45 and $35 for Janet Jackson's highly anticipated concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Aloha Stadium and billed as a "live" HBO television event.

Sales start at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the stadium box office and Ticket Plus outlets, including Blaisdell Center.

At the stadium, fans can start arriving at midnight tonight for first-hour sales on a first-come, first-served basis.

At Blaisdell, overnight camping or lineup will not be allowed, but parking gates will open at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow, with tokens distributed randomly starting at 7:30 a.m. for line-ups.

At Ticket Plus outlets such as 24-hour Foodlands in Market City, Beretania and Kailua,

a token system likely will be in place, with random distribution starting between 7:30 or 8 a.m. tomorrow. Earlier line-ups are discouraged.

A radio commercial, airing earlier this week on Clear Channel stations KSSK, KIKI and KUCD, gave an incorrect box office opening time, corrected Wednesday.

There will be an eight-ticket limit per person for the first day of sales, and between 32,000 and 34,000 seats will be available, said stadium box office manager Ainsley Paki.

The stage and seating configuration will be a combination of football and baseball set-up, Paki said, and a sell-out is expected.

While her stock has risen as a pop and rock diva, Jackson's ticket prices remain stable — the same as for her 1999 show, which attracted 37,000 fans with a last-minute addition of seats. In recent weeks, there had been talk of an $85 high.

There also has been confusion on the play date here. Michael Ruthig, press manager of Clear Channel Entertainment, based in Los Angeles, said Clear Channel is presenting the show on stage Feb. 16. But the TV special, officially dubbed "Janet Jackson: All for You: Live in Concert in Hawai'i," actually will be shown tape-delayed, set for airing at 9 p.m. EST Feb. 17.

The delay would put the show in prime time in key Mainland markets. But the arrangement has created some conflicting reports of a two-night stand.

Jackson officially wrapped up her "All for You" tour in October, cancelling some dates because of the events of Sept. 11, with a European tour also scrapped. However, Pollstar, the talent tracking agency, said this week that Jackson has announced 10 additional East Coast and MidWest dates over the next few weeks, including a Jan. 29 performance in Ontario, Canada.

Her concerts have been averaging $1 million in ticket sales per show, and it's likely Hawai'i will follow the trend.

Since she launched her vocal career, following a childhood stint as an actress, Jackson has sold more than 50 million albums, logging five multi-platinum releases including "The Velvet Rope" (1997), "Design of a Decade" (1995), "Janet" (1993), "Rhythm Nation" (1989) and "Control" (1986). She continues to act; her "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," filmed with Eddie Murphy and released last year, featured her No. 1 hit, "Doesn't Really Matter."

Tony Eaton, producer, and David Mallet, director, are the team behind the HBO special. They worked on her Emmy-winning special, "Janet: The Velvet Rope," in 1998.