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He’s got sexy ladies: Justin Timberlake with Pink, Wachovia Center, March 27 Thursday, March 29, 2007

Posted by Clare in boy bands, Clare, Hot chicks, live music, the balls.

adulationImagine you’re Justin Timberlake. Imagine you’re extremely rich and have a hit record beloved by everyone from jaded hipsters to moms to frat boys to rock critics to teenyboppers to bloggers. You’re so good-looking, you proclaim you’ve single-handedly brought sexy back. And you’re allegedly doin’ it with Scarlett Johansson AND Jessica Biel ON A REGULAR BASIS.

So where do you go from being on top of the world? You pack your sexy up and take it on the road, bestowing sexy on one and all, like a super-hot Johnny Appleseed.

The FutureSex/LoveShow stopped in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The crowd was overwhelmingly female, with a few paunchy boyfriends and bearded hipsters thrown in for kicks (the ones I saw probably got their tickets before they heard about The Decemberists show the same night over at the Tower Theatre.)

For much of the crowd, this was clearly An Event. The parking lot was festive, with girls in homemade “I’m bringing sexy back” t-shirts and limos with Jersey plates dropping off groups of partiers.

(Oh, by the way, the photos suck because I had to take them with my cameraphone.)

At center stage, The Pride of Doylestown.

After we made our way through the throngs of concertgoers queuing up for $8 “Sexy Back Sours” and “Cry Me a Raspberry Rivers” at the bars, Virginia and I took our (excellent) seats. Pink, the pride of Doylestown, opened the show with a song I don’t know, which was the only part of her set I didn’t like. Otherwise, her 10-song set was packed with hits. She sang the shit out of “Trouble,” “Just Like a Pill,” and “Stupid Girls” and absolutely killed it on “Dear Mr. President,” a bitter invective against the Bush administration in soaring four-part harmony.

Despite the slightly bass-heavy sound mix, Pink fired up the crowd with shout-outs to her hometown (“Home, at last. People are always saying to me: ‘Philly is a tough town. ‘I’m like, ‘Only if you suck.’”) The finale of her set was a Cirque du Soleil-esque scarf act 20 feet above the stage while lip-syncing “Get the Party Started.”

Pink used the same stage design as Justin, which was set up in the round with aprons pointing off the stage in four directions. After a brief break (front of house music: Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Three 6 Mafia, The Rapture — excellent choices, Justin) during which Virginia and I cased the t-shirts for sale (verdict: None worth buying) a series of curved, computer-controlled scrims came down around the stage to signal the start of the show. Even with earplugs, the screams were deafening.

The hollow thunk of “FutureSex/LoveSounds” started, and Justin, clad in a white three-piece suit and immaculate white Adidas, popped out from a trap door at center stage.

For close to two hours, Justin went over the biggest hits of his solo career and played most of FutureSex/LoveSounds. The first half of the show was front-loaded with winners like “My Love,” “Senorita,” and the brutal kiss-off “What Goes Around Comes Around.” He barely touched on his N’Sync past, accompanying himself on guitar on “Gone” during a group of slow numbers.


While the staging was elaborate and Justin clearly wanted all parts of the arena to be able to get a good eyeful of him (how very egalitarian), his talented nine-piece band was divided in two, and Justin seemed to tire from running about the stage. This unnecessarily complicated setup was compounded by a momentum-killing set from Timbaland amid projections of clips from horror movies, anime, and Aaliyah videos halfway through the show.

From my notes on Timbaland’s set:

“Hook from ‘Promiscuous Girl’ over ‘Over My Head’ by The Fray? WTF???”

“How is it ‘live’ if you’re just playing clips of songs you produced? People make the same complaint about Daft Punk.”

“Masturbatory and self-indulgent.”

“It IS nice to hear ‘Big Pimpin’’ though.”

“Coldplay + Aaliyah = NOT GOOD.”

After the break, Justin comes back out for “Rock Your Body” and his scrims reference the super-cool light-covered walls from the video.

Wanna rock your bo-day on an enormous scale.

After a few slow songs, the only one of which I recognized was “Gone,” Justin infused “Damn Gir” with a burlesque stomp. He seemed to favor one super-hot blonde dancer, and Virginia and I wondered if the girl dancers traded off the lead role — Monday shows are for the girl with stripey hair, Tuesdays are for the blonde, Wednesdays are for the redhead, etc.

Lasers make everything cooler.

Where the first half of Justin’s set was full of vigor, the second half was loaded with sappy numbers—two slow songs I didn’t recognize and the ultra-schlocky “Losing My Way” sapped the energy right out of the crowd. I was thrown for a loop by “Cry Me a River,” which took on added poignancy (for reals, shut up) in light of Britters’ recent troubles. But he chose not to capitalize on an opportunity to close the concert with a flourish, choosing instead to charge into “SexyBack” in a sweaty vest and tee instead of pausing for a break and a costume change for the big finale.

The final line from my notes is “Justin, stop talking and do ‘Another Song;’ I have to go to work tomorrow.”



1. LenBiasCocaineSurplus - Thursday, March 29, 2007

No Dick in a Box?

rip off

2. Erika - Thursday, March 29, 2007

He did change lead dancers. In Pittsburgh it was the brunette with the short hair.

3. K-dizzle - Thursday, March 29, 2007

yay! pink + philly! actually, James Michener was from Doylestown too. Coincidence?!

Yay lazers!

4. Clare - Thursday, March 29, 2007

No Dick in a Box?

rip off

FOR REALS. My mom–my MOM!–asked me at least three times “Do you think he’ll do ‘Dick in a Box’??”

5. Matt_T - Thursday, March 29, 2007

I saw Justin over the summer on the smaller club tour right before the record came out.

Great show. He came out to the inspector gadget song, and played a little smells like teen spirit during the middle of ‘like i love you’

6. steve - Friday, March 30, 2007

also.. nice to see the keytar tag getting some love.

7. Paul - Sunday, October 19, 2008

I need sexy lave 4 love

8. daft punk around the world mp3 - Saturday, April 26, 2014

daft punk around the world mp3

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