Jul 2, 2010 1:05 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It's been two years since Janet Jackson
performed on a concert stage and her fans say that's been two years
Jackson marks her stage return Friday with an opening night
performance during the Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana
In an interview with The Associated Press, Jackson said she was
excited about her New Orleans appearance.
Fans got a glimpse of her new, sassy, short-cropped hair and her
signature, shapely figure on the finale show of American Idol. On
the show, she rocked classics like "Again" and "Nasty" and her
latest release, "Nothing," from the soundtrack of the movie,
"Why Did I Get Married Too?," which she also starred in.
The festival runs through Sunday.