Okay, so its a few weeks late, but I figured I would post the review from the Fresno Bee (which was fantastic!)
Heartthrob fits Fresno fans to a T
Justin Timberlake treats crowd of 14,000 to grown-up good time.
By Mike Osegueda / The Fresno Bee
The stage cleared, and for once, Justin Timberlake, dressed to a T in a black three-piece suit, stood there alone.
He hadn't really had his first solo dance yet —– and well, this is Justin Timberlake we're talking about — so you have to know what the crowd of 14,350 was waiting for Wednesday night at Save Mart Center.
As his current hit "My Love" played, Justin turned robotic, and twisted and turned his body, giving the crowd the dance moves they wanted.
As the guitars around him started to shred, and the jolly "My Love" turned a little darker, Timberlake took a lap around the stage. The ladies in the crowd (and the guys, too, there were some) went bonkers.
He then hit the center of the stage again, took off his jacket, loosened up his tie and rolled up his sleeves. Then he started to butter up the crowd and asked if Fresno "goes harder than L.A.?"
The crowd, of course, went nuts.
Justin smiled the smile of a guy who had thousands of people in the palm of his hand, and responded, "I think this is my first time in Fresno. I think that deserves a drink."
Then he downed a shot of something, said, "Kids, don't try this at home" and jumped quickly to the keyboards to move into "Señorita."
This is just Justin Timberlake — all grown up now. He's not the little boy from Mickey Mouse Club anymore, or the curly-haired kid from 'N Sync.
Instead, he's a major heartthrob, surrounded by 20 singers, dancers and band members, moving around briskly with a "Yeah, I know I'm cool" look.
Like Timberlake, most of his fans are grown up now, too.
The concert was populated mostly by old-enough-to-drink girls, most of whom used to probably be teens who loved 'N Sync, but are now old enough to plop down $80 for a concert ticket, put on their skimpiest clothes even during the coldest spell Fresno has seen in years, and then belt out the best horror-movie screams for two hours.
Justin did a lot to earn those screams — like sitting in front of the piano for "What Goes Around," picking up the keytar on "Sexy Ladies" or busting out a guitar for "Like I Love You."
He was at his perfectly choreographed best during "Rock Your Body" and made great use of a hand-held camera at the end of "What Goes Around," sticking it in his face and singing, while the images were projected onto see-through, sheetlike screens. It was very YouTube.
This is not to say the concert didn't have its flaws.
When he slowed things down for "Until the End of Time," he killed some great momentum. It was one of a couple of times when he was too stationary when he should have been dancing. Instead, he was sitting or standing in front of an instrument.
The show's staging was intense — maybe too intense. There were three screens —– one round and two half-circles — that were distracting and made it hard to see in some parts of the arena.
And while performing in-the-round was adventurous for young Mr. Timberlake, it made the show problematic. If you have a seat centered to the stage, it's great.
But if you're anywhere off to the side, you end up missing a good portion of the action — or at the very least have to compensate by looking at a dancer or band member while the star of the night is off courting another part of the audience.
The video screens tried to make up for this, lowering to fans on one side when Justin was on the other, to show them what he was doing.
That helped, but you still had to wonder sometimes, where did he go?
Before Justin's two hours, opener Pink hit the stage, spunky as ever. She was prancing around in a short skirt, knee-high boots and her trademark straight-up-in-the-front hairdo.
She was funny at times, provocative at others.
The highlight of her set was the end, during "Get The Party Started" when two hot pink curtains lifted her high into the air for some crotch-to-crotch acrobatics with one of her female dancers.
She swung around as the song drifted into The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" for a minute or so, then went back to her song.
There was a lesson to be learned from Pink.
That is: Don't deny your destiny, Justin.
You're a singer and dancer. A good one, too. You proved it.
So don't worry about trying to convince everyone you're a musician, and just dance.
I absolutely loved this review. I totally agree about the staging. It wasn't ideal. But, at times it had some very cool effects.
However, I love seeing Justin play instruments. He's a well-rounded performer. I think he was able to compliment his show with his different ways of performing. I loved the piano and guitar playing.
And because I love to share (and love youtube.com), here are videos from the Fresno show, that I feel need to be shared, so everyone can enjoy my favorite night of 2007 so far!
Yes, yes we do.
And for good measure, here's a clip of P!nk, who was also amazing.
Peace out ya'll!