Posted On 15 Aug 2014
Tag: *NSYNC, 20/20 Experience Tour, Bel Biv DeVoe, Cry Me A River, Elvis, Elvis Presley, Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want), Heartbreak Hotel, Holy Grail, Human Nature, JT And The Tennesse Kids, Jungle Boogie, Justin Timberlake, Kool & The Gang, Like I Love You, Love Stoned, Michael Jackson, Mirrors, Murder, My Love, Only When I Walk Away, Poison, Pusher Love Girl, Rock Your Body, Señorita, Sexyback, Staples Center, Suit & Tie, Take Back The Night, The 20/20 Experience, Tunnel Vision, What Goes Around Comes Around
I was lucky enough to attend Justin Timberlake‘s 20/20 Experience Tour at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The enigmatic and talented singer played to a sold out, 18,000 plus filled arena and as expected, the suave singer kept the audience not just entertained but hypnotized and hooked throughout a 30-song super show that ended just before midnight.
The dapper singer moved around the stage with total confidence and self assurance. Timberlake just oozes sexy swagger and fun and he is just as excited as you are to be there and he shows it. The crooner served up his first musical appetizer (or appeti-teaser, as I like to say) opening up the show with the very sexy “Pusher Love Girl“. He casually followed it with “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want),” and right into his iconic smash “Rock Your Body.“
The energy was highly infectious as he rolled through the first set with hits like, “My Love,” “Like I Love You,” “Summer Love,” “Love Stoned,” a brief visit to his Jay-Z track, “Holy Grail,” and wrapping up the thirteen number first set with, “Cry Me A River.” It was “Aahhhhmaaaziing” as my fellow concert goer exclaimed.
There was a 10 minute intermission (aka a mad dash for beer/bathroom run), “Did you guys enjoy the intermission?” the singer asked. “I’m 32, so, you know, I need a break!”
And then without further a do, Timberlake’s second set kicked off with the trip-hoppy, “Only When I Walk Away.” At one point the stage detached and rose over the crowd, transporting Timberlake and his dancers over the venue to the back of Staples Center that allowed the nosebleed seats better access to the performer.
It was thrilling to see Timberlake’s infectious swagger and dance moves taking up residence all over the arena making it special wherever you sat. He delighted the crowd next with “Tunnel Vision,” “Señorita“, impressive covers of Elvis Presley‘s “Heartbreak Hotel,” and Michael Jackson‘s “Human Nature,” joined by “What Goes Around Comes Around,” followed by “Take Back The Night.”
The show’s finale contained a medley of covers and paid homage to several artists like, Kool & The Gang‘s “Jungle Boogie” and the Bel Biv DeVoe classic, “Poison,” which he interwove with his recent track, “Murder,” before rolling into three of his biggest hits, “Suit & Tie,” “Sexyback” and finally “Mirrors” as a smash conclusion to an EPIC set.
The 32 year old performer has come a LONG way from his day’s as the lead, falsetto, tenor crooner in the 90’s boy band, *NSYNC. He launched his solo career just 10 years ago and has evolved into a musical genius. Yes, there I said it. I think he is a musical genius. His authentic and original musical style, although influenced by the late Michael Jackson, proved itself even more to me tonight. Many, including myself , can consider Timberlake to be one of the greatest entertainers of our generation. And after seeing tonight’s show, I can say with confidence, Timberlake is in a class all his own.
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** All photos courtesy of Justin Timberlake’s Official website. **