LL Cool J Jumps Off Janet Jackson's Troubled Tour Citing 'Scheduling Conflicts'

After illness forced Jackson to postpone nine shows, she loses her opening act.

At this point, you have to think Janet Jackson just wants a do-over. After canceling a string of dates earlier this month due to migraine-associated vertigo, Jackson's troubled Rock Witchu Tour was dealt another setback on Monday, when a spokesperson for opening act LL Cool J announced that the veteran rapper has dropped off the bill due to unspecified "scheduling conflicts."

A spokesperson for LL could not be reached for comment at press time.

Even before LL announced his departure, the first tour in seven years by Jackson was a troubled affair. The 42-year-old singer canceled nine shows earlier this month due to what was initially an unspecified illness. Jackson first fell ill during soundcheck for a September 29 show in Montreal and ended up postponing shows in Philadelphia; Boston; Greensboro, North Carolina; Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Uncasville, Connecticut; Verona, New York; and New York City. An initial attempt to reboot the tour in Connecticut on October 11 was scotched when her doctors ordered her to get more rest.

At press time, a spokesperson for Jackson could not be reached for information on who will fill in for Cool J on the tour, but the AP reported that the singer is expected to announce additional dates soon.