Even if it hadn’t started the way it did, Janet Jackson’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl would’ve made an impression with its ending.
Surrounded by approximately two dozen dancers as she stood center stage, the pop star spent nearly 20 minutes Sunday night introducing the performers and embracing each with what looked like real warmth.
It was a striking display that felt only more exceptional for bookending a production that began with the words “Syrian death count” flashing across a giant video screen. But in this two-hour show Jackson weaved her hits into a narrative that touched on modern turmoil and communal healing.
And these folks, Jackson said, were definitely...