There are things in life that just transcend your imagination, that make you feel a certain way about life and the world around you. For some it’s love, others it’s their career, and for those who are waiting on the previously mentioned; it’s music. I admit being a 90’s kid; I grew up very pop music hungry. Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC, they were my bread and butter. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. So being just a big fan of NSYNC you can only imagine the love I have for Justin Timberlake. To see how successful he has become on his own is a huge pleasure as his fan.
I feel like he has a real knack for all things creative, that whatever he chooses to do in life; whatever path he takes in his career, will somehow always be the right one. Because he does it all with his heart, his head, and you can tell he gives it his all. Justin Timberlake’s comeback this year has been strategically planned out; from teasing the release of new music, to dropping a whole new album, to planning specific TV appearances. It wouldn’t surprise me, if he designed this plan all on his own, because that’s the type of business man he is. He looks to see what works and what doesn’t and in his heart he knows what is right and what is wrong for his career and for his fans.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again 2013 is the year of Justin Timberlake. It is the year he has come back into music full throttle, the year his fans were blessed with a new album (Volume two coming September 30th) and a stadium tour co-headlining with jay-z, and just recently announced; new dates for a solo world tour.
After A LOT of Ticketmaster hunting, I scored tickets to the Yankee Stadium show this past Saturday July 20th. And to say it was amazing would be an understatement. My best friend and I saw his futuresex/lovesound show for our 16th birthdays, and that was about 7 years ago. So for us to be able to go see him together now was truly a memorable experience.
The concert was very collaborative. Jay-z and Justin really worked together to combine their set lists and create a show that was in favor of both fan bases, and can I just say I may not be the biggest Jay-z fan, but after seeing him live, I truly have respect for him. He can put on a great show. The show opened with both stars singing their hit song “Holy Grail” off of Jay-z’s newest album Magna Carta. When I first heard this song prior to the concert I was pretty infatuated with it, because I just thought Justin’s voice sounded so amazing and different in it. And I loved the way the song portrayed a relationship with a woman as fame. The aspect of fame and what it can do to someone had really become its own character in the song. Anyway… when they performed it together live Saturday night, an even greater level of appreciation was developed! There’s just something about live music and the energy behind it…it’s just better than anything.
I don’t want to give too much away but the two definitely worked together to make the show great; Justin joined in on a few of Jay-z’s songs, and they also combined for a Frank Sinatra inspired presentation of “New York New York” meets “Empire State of Mind.” Then the encore consisted of the two performing their hit song “Suit & Tie” and also Jay-z’s rendition of “Forever Young.” Justin’s vocals were on point the entire night.
This show was very different from Justin’s previous concert set ups, for instance being that it was stadium tour, the stage was pretty standard; rectangular and stationary. No elaborate outfit changes, it was basically 2 hours of music, which was pretty freakin’ awesome. I do wish Justin had been able to draw the audience in through conversation and storytelling like he’s used to; he’s very good at making you feel like he’s having a personal party just for you in your living room. However it was understandable that he wasn’t able to speak too much because he had quite the set list to get through in only a 2 hour slot of time, one in which he was sharing. And even so, he played a lot of his material; granting us with old favorites like “Cry me a River,” and “Sexy Back,” but still keeping up with the changing times and performing “Tunnel Vision” and “Take back the night.” Although there were some of his new songs that I had wished he sang; like “let the groove get in,” and “strawberry bubblegum,” (also would it kill you to acknowledge your NSYNC days just sayin’ you still have fans out there ;D) even so, he definitely had a well rounded set list. Regardless of not being able to talk much with the audience and have a restricted set list, Justin Timberlake is a show stopper, and the audience’s attention was never wavered! All in all, it was a great night with a great artist and a great friend.
Can’t wait to see what your world tour has in store for us J.T. Here’s hoping I get tickets! 😀
And p.s. I cannot wait to hear the brilliance continue this fall when Volume 2 drops!
And movie buffs keep an eye out for J.T. starring in “Runner Runner” early this fall !
-Justin Timberlake Fangirl 😉
Check out some of my pics of me and my best friend at the concert ❤