First of all, let me state that I’m a HUGE Justin Timberlake fan and have been since 2000 when him and the guys of *NSYNC surprised me on The Rosie O’Donnell Show (yep, totally true). I went to all the *NSYNC Tours after that, a few twice, and have just been a huge fan of the guys ever since. I have not seen Justin live in concert solo so when I heard he was coming to Ohio for this tour, I jumped at the chance and boy am I glad I did!
It was an amazing 3 hour, jam packed show! I’m not even exaggerating. He sang, danced, or played and instrument every second of being on stage. Speaking of the stage, just when you think that it’s tiny and plain, don’t worry, you’d be shocked at how awesome it really is! :)
The best part about the concert was that he sang ALL of his older hits as well as the good ones from 20/20 Part I and II. So pretty much there was something for every one! Here is the set list:
- Pusher Love Girl
- Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)
- Rock Your Body
- Don’t Hold the Wall
- Like I Love You
- My Love
- Strawberry Bubblegum
- Summer Love
- Until the End of Time
- Holy Grail
- Cry Me a River
- Only When I Walk Away
- True Blood
- Drink You Away
- Tunnel Vision
- Let the Groove Get In
- That Girl
- Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover)
- Not a Bad Thing
- Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover)
- What Goes Around…Comes Around
- Take Back the Night
- Poison (Bell Biv DeVoe cover)
- Suit & Tie
If you do not currently have tickets to this tour, why not? You’ll regret it because afterwards, on the way home, all I could think of was that I just watched a legend. I never saw artists like Michael Jackson or Prince in concert, but I feel like this tour ranks Justin Timberlake RIGHT up there!
I will say that Justin is no longer that 18 year old “kid” that many may consider him. I saw many mothers with their young girls going into the arena for the concert. I would not exactly suggest this. Justin uses quite a bit of language and some of the dance moves were questionable as well as the videos that played on the big screen during the concert. Please do not assume that he’s going to bust out some “This I Promise You” and “Pop,” because he won’t. Keep the 16 and under year old kids at home.
However, about the tickets, they are pretty pricey. I had an issue when I first purchased them back towards the beginning of the summer. I always try to buy presale tickets because I need accessible seating and that way I can possibly have my choice of where I can sit; there are only so many good accessible seating in most venues. When you are interested in purchasing accessible presale tickets for any concert, you have to fill out a form and then you’ll receive an email within an hour later on your seating option. After I filled out the form at the time of ticket purchasing for two tickets (one accessible and one companion), about 20 minutes later I received an email from Ticketmaster with my seats:
- Ticket price: $178.00 (per ticket, accessible seats)
- Convenience charge: $15.85 (per ticket, accessible seats)
- Order processing fee: $5.30 (per order)
- Total: $393.00
Yes, that’s right…$393 for TWO ACCESSIBLE seats. These were the seats that I was almost FORCED to purchase. Now, I’m an owner of a small web design company in Ohio, so I do not have $200 to spend to see Justin Timberlake, therefore I called Ticketmaster. After being on hold for 30 minutes, the KIND gentleman understood my dilemma in paying almost $400 to see Justin Timberlake. He then asked his manager if I could SWITCH my assigned/requested ticket selection to a more REASONABLE price so I could enjoy Justin as much as possible. After 20 more minutes on the phone, I was able to score almost $100 tickets/each to see Justin.
My issue is as a wheelchair-bound person, I do not have the option to enjoy the concerts like most ticket holders; I am forced to sit in certain sections while also being forced to sometimes pay outrageous prices for ADA seats. I’m also forced to sit in “nice” seats in which at most venues are behind rows of other ticket holders that like to STAND during the concert which does not allow me to see what I have paid for. SO sometimes paying more is not always better.
I emailed Justin’s team with my concerns back when I purchased these tickets, but did not hear back. I’m not sure if Justin IS AWARE of what’s going on, but I think people like him need to know that people like me are having a tough time, financially, to see him perform live in concert. This type of discrimination should not go on and I’m disappointed that no one has done anything about this yet. I’ve been to MANY concerts over the last 12 years and many I did not have nice seating, but yet I paid the price in hoping the seats were nice. Even at this concert, out of the 20 seat row I was in, there was only me and one other wheelchair. The rest were your average people watching the concert.
Something NEEDS to be done about this and I would be MORE THAN WILLING to do something to gain attention in this matter. It’s 2013 and I should be allowed to view a concert like everyone else.
While I know this ticket issue may not be Justin’s fault, but this issues needs to be out there so people are aware at what’s going on.