Exclusive: Donnie Klang "Rocks With" Janet Jackson On Tour
Saturday, Sep 13, 2008 6:00AM
We've seen him struggle with choreography on "Making the Band 4" but now Donnie Klang has perfected his moves and he's ready to test them out on Janet Jackson's "Rock Witchu Tour."
In June, Janet told SOHH that she was dissatisfied with Def Jam's promotion of her 10th studio album, Discipline. Despite her disappointment with the label, Janet is still hitting the road for the first time in 7 years to promote the release and she's tapped LL Cool J and Donnie to join her.
"Actually Janet is going on tour and I just found out that I'm opening for the tour," Donnie told SOHH. "I can't believe it. It's crazy. How could you possibly believe? Last year I was just working and going to school and now this year I have an album out [and] I'm opening for Janet."
Donnie is looking forward to performing songs from his recently released debut album, Like A Rolling Stone (which sold 22,000 copies in it's debut week on the charts). He has incorporated a piano segment into his stage show but Donnie is especially excited to show off his newly acquired dance skills.
"I got my back up dancers," he said. "The dancing came along, don't worry about it. It's a difficult thing to go through but I mean I never really took dance classes growing up. I was never into the whole dance thing."
"Now that I'm working with Diddy he's putting me with the right people," he added. "I'm learning the right way so it's definitely coming along beautifully. And the fact that it is on TV I think that makes me closer with my fans. Because they get to see the struggle in everything that I go through. I'm just vulnerable. I'm out there and I think the fans, they respect that."
Janet Jackson kicked off the North American leg of the "Rock Witchu Tour" on Wednesday in Vancouver. The tour is scheduled to conclude on October 22 in Dallas, Texas.