LIVE REVIEW: Justin Timberlake – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Justin Timberlake has been on my bucket list to see for a long time and with “ The 20/20 Experience World Tour” he doesn’t disappoint, not even slightly. Dramatically opening with “Pusher Lover Girl” JT arrives on stage to overwhelming screams and for the next 2 and a half hours he has the crowd eating out of his palm. Not messing around he goes straight into the hits “Rock your Body”, “Future Sex Love Sounds”, “Like I Love You” and “My Love”. Followed by one of my favourites ‘Summer Love” which I’m not going to lie, had me out of my seat very quickly. His audience interaction is slick and well perfected; he knows exactly what to say and do to make the crowd go into hysterics. His band “The Tennessee Kids” take everything to a whole new level, their sound is so synched and brings all these songs to life. He wraps up the first half of the show with “TKO”, “Until The End Of Time”, “Holy Grail” and “Cry Me A River”. The first part of the show leaves you with your mind blown, there’s just no other way to explain it. However he does perform a LOT of his hits and doesn’t leave much for the second half which makes the last hour a bit underwhelming.
After a brief 10 minute intermission JT was back on stage beginning with “Only When I Walk Away”, “Drink Away” and “Tunnell Vision” from his “20/20 Experience” albums. “Senorita” gets the majority of the crowd out of their seat and keeps them standing when his stage starts moving and has him residing at the back arena for the next couple of songs. This allowed him to get up close and personal with fans who didn’t have the best seats in the house to start with. Acoustically performing a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” he went into “Not a Bad Thing” and a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”. “What Goes Around” had the arena singing in unison before he took the show back to the main stage with the infectious “Take Back The Night”. Perfectly closing the show off with his mega hits “Suit & Tie”, “SexyBack” and “Mirrors” he gave the crowd everything had and nothing less.
The production value on this tour is incredible and allows him to interact with the whole arena in different aspects. However the dancers were a bit underwhelming and didn’t have any show stopping moments like they did on the “FutureSex Love Show Tour”. The best dance breakdowns actually came from JT himself who still has the moves to make anyone swoon. Vocally I can’t fault him at all, he gave every song justice and put a lot of pop stars we’ve seen recently to shame. Justin Timberlake doesn’t just put a show on; he gives you an unforgettable experience. If you get the chance to witness this show live make sure you go because you will not be disappointed, that’s a fact not a statement.