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In first Colosseum show, Janet Jackson goes solo — and so does her wardrobe

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Justin M. Bowen

Janet Jackson performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour on Friday, April 22, 2011.

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How very un-Cher-y.

Janet Jackson performed an entire concert at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Friday night wearing exactly one outfit: jeans, a tank top and boots.

By comparison, Garth Brooks seems overdressed in his no-frills show at Encore Theater. Garth does add a ball cap, at least. Not Jackson.

This all happened, or didn’t, in a showroom where Cher produced 13 costume changes, by my own hand (and foot) count during the late stages of her run at Caesars Palace. These included a late 1960s hippie getup and an American Indian costume that looked like the grand vocalist got lost on her way to a Village People concert.

Jackson’s eschewing of costume juggling was planned, says an AEG Live/Concerts West spokeswoman, who has seen lots of shows at the Colosseum because AEG Live operates the venue.

Fans who were surprised at Jackson’s stripped-down approach would be interested to know that Jackson’s own news release promoting the show states, “This tour is Janet more revealed, more intimate and more personal than ever before. Don't look for special effects. Just listen to and look at Janet, as you have never seen her before.”

Jackson has swapped attire in previous tour stops, and there is no word on how tonight’s show at Caesars will be dressed or otherwise.

But we can say no two Janet Jackson shows are alike.

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