Gig Review: JT on Tour
Justin Timberlake brought sexy back to London, and transformed the Millennium Dome in the process
Justin Timberlake played the former Millennium Dome last night (4th July) and reinvented it as a stunning live music venue.
Despite JT being on top of his game, we were almost as excited to see whether the Dome had improved now they've gotten rid of all those old body parts.
The largest indoor arena in Europe offers 360 degree seating, making it look more like a sports stadium. This forces most acts, who are used to facing the audience, to keep working their performance around the stage. Though the shape caused problems with the volume occasionally, Timberlake clearly enjoyed being surrounded by the throngs.
As he entered, enormous curved screens lowered and displayed computer enhanced images of the performance, using some clever camera trickery to keep us entertained while the show was on the far side of the round.
Throughout his more upbeat numbers Justin was the perfect showman! Rushing around the stage with the kind of style that has allowed heterosexual men around the country to be comfortable referring to him as The Trousersnake. He is simply one of the best performers out there at the moment.
During the first act he showed off his musical credentials by playing his own instruments as well as singing and dancing like a performer on top of his game. He climaxed with a version of What Goes Around, which included a freaky mic mounted camera, and introduced Timbaland to the stage.
During the break Timbaland stayed up and played a twenty minute medley of broken beats and build ups that featured everyone from Nelly Furtado to Michael Jackson to Coldplay and included a tribute to Aaliah, and a gopher that said 'Ho!' - which was great!
After the break the other Timber came back and played a collection of ballads that were a little more hit and miss. But when he launched into Sexyback, his inevitable finale, the 23,000 audience members jumped to their feet simultaneously and damn near left the Arena in need of more work.
An amazing show, by a very modern showman (and the arena wasn't bad either!)
Justin Timberlake is brought to London with Sony Ericsson and Vodafone and is playing a total of 5 shows between now and Tuesday 10th July.