Justin Timberlake and Jay Z performed 36 songs in two and a half hours in one of the nation’s biggest venues.
The two legends performed together, creating something magical, presenting a larger-than-life show on Sunday, July 28th at the infamous Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Coming together for the Legends of the Summer tour was a genius move.
Instead of the typical two-set split, the music icons shared the enormous Rose Bowl stage, frequently interacting with each other and trading verses on songs, creating one incredible experience for all 60,000 of us in the audience.
Surrounded by images of classic Greek statues, Timberlake appeared on the left side of the stage and was joined by Jay Z on the opposite side. It was a choreographed dance they’d repeat throughout the show. They remained onstage together for the first few songs, blending their songs together and sharing choruses on “Rock Your Body,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” and “Excuse Me Miss.”
Flirting with the crowd the whole time, Timberlake hopped from the microphone to the piano during “Until the End of Time” to the guitar for “Like I Love You”. He wore a black fedora and a variety of white shirts and he kept his dance moves small but often used them to send us all into hysterics. He was supported by a handful of energetic backup singers and a large 14-piece band. As for Jay Z, he played it much cooler and displayed the kind of confidence you can only build after 15-plus years in the game. He performed both new and old hits, ranging from “99 Problems” to his latest smash, “Tom Ford,” without any flashy background singers or dance moves.
For the encore, Timberlake launched into “Suit and Tie” while Jay Z threw on a suit jacket over his black T-shirt. They both carried out flutes of champagne in a fitting sendoff for a night of amazing performances.
While their performance styles may differ, the duo had one very important thing in common: both are spectacular performers even in that massive a venue. And that is the stuff of legends.