Superstar singer Justin Timberlake is a singing, dancing and sex machine, and he is hands down one of the best live entertainers in music today.
Timberlake brought his “The 20/20 Experience” world tour to MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday night (he’s back tonight, as well), and it was nearly three hours of nonstop singing (his falsetto and overall range are fantastic) and dancing (Timberlake is still a fantastic dancer after all these years post-’N Sync).
And fawning, too. Timberlake is the picture of 007 charisma in a white tuxedo jacket with a silver-and-gray checkered bowtie and black pants, then, after a 10-minute intermission(!), all-black attire, including a black jacket. His very presence onstage is captivating, and his crotch grabs made fans scream. Men want to be him; women and gay men want to be with him.
Timberlake took the stage with the repeated question, “Tennessee Kids, are you ready?” Then “Las Vegas, are you ready?” (Tennessee Kids is the name of the band of Timberlake, who hails from Memphis, Tenn.)
A few surprises and standouts from Friday night (the concert started on time at 9 p.m., and the applause for him throughout the evening was thunderous):
One of Timberlake’s great attributes is his willingness to dip into various musical genres — pop, soul and R&B, hip hop, EDM and country — and he soars in all of them.
The accompanying video for “Tunnel Vision” was especially racy, as it included numerous images of topless women. Topless!
Timberlake’s tributes — to Michael Jackson with “Human Nature,” Elvis Presley with “Heartbreak Hotel” and Bel Biv DeVoe (now you know) with “Poison” — were some of the standout performances in an overall stellar night. His vocals and dance moves of the greats before him were spot on.
While Timberlake is not the first to do this, the elevated stage that rose from the front and then moved over the crowd on the floor to the back — a “flying bridge” — was used to great effect (and an opportunity to snap Timberlake up close with cell phone cameras), but let’s hope neither Timberlake nor his backup singers and dancers has vertigo.
He ended the evening with “Sexy Back,” then an up-tempo “Mirrors.” Timberlake is probably tired of singing “Sexy Back,” but it’s one of his biggest and most-well-known hits. That said, “Mirrors” was a great way for Timberlake to take back the night.
One quibble: Timberlake’s vocals were drowned out by the band and music throughout the evening. The band — and backup singers and dancers — are absolutely terrific, but Timberlake is the star, and his singing should be heard loud and clear.
Friday night’s more-than-30-song setlist included “Pusha Love Girl,” “Rock Your Body,” “Don’t Hold the Wall,” “FutureSex/LoveSound,” “Like I Love You,” “My Love,” “TKO,” “Strawberry Bubblegum,” “Summer Love,” “LoveStoned,” “Until the End of Time” at a white Yamaha piano, “Holy Grail” leading into “Cry Me a River,” then the unexpected 10-minute intermission.
Then “Only When I Walk Away,” “True Blood” (styled as tribal EDM), “Drink You Away” (a country-ish song about alcohol with his jam band), “Tunnel Vision,” “Seniorita” at the keyboard, “Let the Groove Get In” (as a Latin number mixed in with a little “Conga” by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine), “That Girl,” Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Not a Bad Thing” and Jackson’s “Human Nature.”
And “What Goes Around … Comes Around,” “Cabaret” (with, appropriately, cabaret dancers), “Take Back the Night” (with “the roof is on fire” chant and a little “Jungle Boogie”), “Murder” (with dripping-blood imagery on the big screen), BBD’s “Poison” with the signature dance moves, “Suit and Tie,” “Sexy Back” and “Mirrors.”
DJ Freedom was the opening act.
source: las vegas sun
JT teamed with J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, and Pusha T to release a TKO remix called “TKO Black Friday remix”.
The remix sounds kinda cool but there’s too many rappers and very little JT on it, so Im not here for this.
Besides, I’ve never been a big fan of remixes. I always stay loyal to the original song unless there’s an alternative version (usually a live version done by the artist itself) that’s insanely good.
So again a big NO for me. But enjoy:
Justin Timberlake was unforgettable Tuesday night as he blew the roof off the Staples Center for his “The 20/20 Experience World Tour.”
Although seemingly impossible, Timberlake exceeded already high expectations with a smooth performance that was full of his signature swagger and soul.
The energy in the venue was on overload, as he opened the show with his hit “Pusher Love Girl.” Wearing a crisp, white tuxedo jacket, Timberlake ascended from the stage with his band, The Tennessee Kids, as he crooned to the audience. It was like a magical scene from the 1930s – suave and sexy – as he sensually worked the mike stand.
The staging was kept simple and clean, with no unnecessary bells and whistles. It was all about the amazing music of this phenomenal performer.
He did it all: he sang, danced, and played two instruments during the two and a half hour set, without missing a single beat. Timberlake solidified his spot as one of the best in the business.
He satisfied the audience’s desires and gave them their money’s worth. There was a little bit of everything. Naturally, he drove the show with recent smashes from his latest two-part album, “The 20/20 Experience.” Songs like “TKO” and “Only When I Walk Away” sounded fresher and fuller with the live band backing him up. But, he didn’t forget old classics, like “Cry Me A River” from “Justified” (2002) and “My Love” from “FutureSex/Love Sounds” (2006).
He slowed it down and showcased his softer side when sat down at a beautiful white piano to serenade the audience with his ballad, “Until The End Of Time.” Ironically, Timberlake easily made the sold-out show feel like an intimate, private concert. He even treated the crowd to another performance of his recent single “Drink You Away,” which he sang at “The American Music Awards” on Sunday. It was even better live.
It wouldn’t be a Justin Timberlake concert if he didn’t infuse his lovable humor and personality into the show. During a break between songs, he asked the audience if this was the first time anyone had seen the show. Of course, lots of screams and cheers ensued, to which he replied, “Good. I like virgins…musically speaking.”
There wasn’t a bad seat in the house, when Timberlake and his dancers glided over the crowd on a flying bridge to the opposite side of the arena, while performing “Let The Groove Get In.” The audience went crazy in every corner of the venue, as they each got a glimpse of the sensational superstar. In addition to his own music, Timberlake took to his guitar to do a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” Then, everyone went wild when he sang a touching rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.”
The crowd was amped up from start to finish and Timberlake seemed to draw his power from them. He gave an unexpected acoustic performance of the first half of “What Goes Around…Come Around.” But, before the audience could get too comfortable in the slower version, he yelled, “Everybody turn the f*ck up!” Just like that, the energetic Timberlake was back for the remainder of the song.
He kept that momentum going for the rest of the show, as the flying bridge carried him back to the main stage during “Take Back The Night.” Timberlake ended the show the right way with arguably two of his biggest hits. He definitely brought the sex appeal on “SexyBack,” as he swayed to the beat and engaged with the audience.
Fittingly, he closed the show with “Mirrors,” and the entire Staples Center was completely glued in. Every hand was in the air and everyone sang along. You could feel the emotion in the room during that memorable moment as Timberlake belted out the moving love song.
Timberlake gave an exhilarating and electrifying performance that left audiences with an intensified love for his music and his exceptional talent. He proved undoubtedly that no one else can do it quite like him.
The premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis is just around the corner (December) so that means the goodies are starting to appear. Check out below a featurettes, a clips, and a JT interview:
Featurette for Inside Llewyn Davis takes an in-depth look at the film’s premise. Clip shows footage form the film while interviewing cast and crew:
Llewyn (Oscar Isaac) and Jim (Justin Timberlake) discuss how to get the wording into the verse during a practice session.
Interview with JT (Jim) on Inside Llewyn Davis – Cannes – May 2013
via Extra TV
“Extra’s” Renee Bargh was backstage with Jennifer Lopez after her 2013 American Music Awards tribute performance to Cuban performer Celia Cruz.
The superstar revealed that Justin Timberlake was so impressed by her performance that he stopped by her dressing room to congratulate her.
Lopez laughed, “He was like, ‘Oh my god, what was that?’ He said if it wasn’t so violent, ‘I would punch you in the face right now cause I’m so excited! It’s best performance I’ve ever seen of you.’ I’m a huge fan of his as well. I was very touched. It made me feel good.” 1:30 mark:
Sam: I have to agree. Jennifer Lopez killed it that night with that Celia Cruz tribute. Girlfriend delivered lots of azucar during her performance.
This is funny cause I know JT is also a big fan of J.LO’s ASSets LOL. I’ll never forget when he said at el hormiguero that she has a “fantastic culito” lmfao!
Watch that moment below 2:45 mark:
This is the 10th stop from the tour’s NorthAmerican arena shows. I’m sure a lot of celebrities will attend this one, since its going to be in LA so I’ll keep an eye on that.
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Enjoy the show tonight!
Updates from the show:
- Celebrities that attended the show included: Mike Posner, Rob Knoxx, Amy Adams, Lance Bass, Lily Collins, Matt Damon, Ryan Guzman, Tahj Mowry, Carly Rae Jepsen, Janel Parrish.
- JT once again demonstrated his support for equality. At one point during the show he said: “guys grab a guy girls grab a girl”. Thanks once again JT.
- JT performed California Love. Click here to see a tiny bit
.@jtimberlake is a legend…his new show is a must-see….unbelievable talent. Thanks for an amazing show jt.
— Mike Posner (@MikePosner) November 27, 2013
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Justin Timberlake’s been all around the world, but he’ll never stray too far from his Tennessee roots.
In fact, Jessica Biel’s hubby might end up back in Nashville! J.T. brought his 20/20 Experience tour to Music City on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and per The Tennessean, it’s not a matter of “if” this Southern boy will move her, but “when!”
“I spend way more time in Nashville than people realize,” said Justin, who was born in Millington, Tenn., a small town just outside of Memphis. “I admire this town a lot. They take care of their own. There are not a lot of places in the world, much less America, that do that. It’s just a great place.”
“I think there could be a place for me here in the future for sure,” he said. “Absolutely I will work in Nashville. That’s probably the next move for me. The next move for me is to sink some teeth in here.”
But wait—that’s not all! Justin told Sirius XM’s The Highway, “I still got my eyes set on a Best Country Album. There is time for that.”
There is definitely time for that, and Tennessee will always be proud to welcome a true Southern gentleman like Justin back home!
Justin Timberlake and SAG-AFTRA have reached an agreement for the dancers on his 20/20 Experience World Tour to be covered by the SAG-AFTRA Touring Agreement, the union announced Friday.
Under the agreement, performer earnings count toward pension and health benefits eligibility. The deal also provides touring companies with what the union called “improved budget flexibility through direct negotiations with performers.”
SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howardapplauded Timberlake and the SAG-AFTRA dancers who worked to unionize the 20/20 Experience tour.
“This is a wonderful result for SAG-AFTRA members and Justin Timberlake. Justin was very open to signing the agreement and personally making sure the deal got done,” Howard said. “As a leading recording artist and actor, Justin’s support for his fellow SAG-AFTRA members in unionizing his tour was a key element in concluding this agreement. I thank him for taking the lead.”
This is the first time that member performers have successfully organized dancers employed on a specific tour under the SAG-AFTRA Touring Agreement. The agreement was previously utilized to cover touring back-up singers for James Taylor,Reba McIntire, Martina McBride, Blues Traveler, Josh Groban and Jefferson Starship.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White called the agreement “precedent setting” and added, “I’m genuinely excited about this deal. We are expanding our presence in this area.”
Assistant national executive director for sound recordings Randy Himes also praised Timberlake and the dancers.
“The physical demands of touring are tough on our artist members and those members that tour with them,” Himes said. “I applaud the dancers for their dedication to this new agreement and give Justin the credit he richly deserves for stepping up and taking care of his elite dancer group. It’s just another reason why Justin continues to be one of the most respected performers in the media entertainment industry.”
source: Hollywood Reporter
Like all of us, Britney confesses she is a big fan of Holy Grail. She says the song is mystical; which is really interesting, because Holy Grail is basically a metaphor of the love/hate relationships artists have with fame. So I guess she relates to that. Good choice Brit. Check the video: