REVIEW: Justin Bieber ‘Believe’ tour
For all the controversy that’s surrounded Justin Bieber’s recent visit to Australia – the alleged smoking, drinking and strip club visits – the 19-year-old kicked off the Sydney leg of his ‘Believe’ tour in pure form.
As we arrived at the arena, the lobby was a messy scene of teenage girls*, who were, like, soo not dealing, with the fact their idol would be on stage in less than an hour.
As a giant LED timer, which sat above the three-tiered stage, counted down the seconds until the pop star’s arrival (10 minutes, to be exact), fans, phones pointed towards the stage, screamed their lungs out for Justin.
When the clock finally struck zero, Justin exploded onto the stage, dressed in all-white and donning black sunglasses, casting his eyes around the arena without saying a word.
Opening his performance with ‘All Around the World,’ Justin and his dancers were joined by a set of giant world flags, which were waved around the arena as the crowd of Beliebers kicked off their first sing-a-long.
Moving on to ‘Believe’ album songs like ‘Catching Feelings’ and ‘Out of Town Girl,’ Justin displayed his impressive vocal technique, warming up his voice with a number of swoon-worthy acapellas.
There were three costume changes, all of which included his signature low-slung, drop-crotch (there is a God) jeans, hi-top sneakers and leather gloves.
A ‘One Time’ / ‘Eeenie Meenie’ / ‘Somebody To Love’ medley was a highlight, while ‘All That Matters’ saw Justin and guitarist Dan Kanter sit down for an acoustic set, and ‘Beauty and a Beat’ was complemented by A+ pyrotechnics and an impressive laser show.
By the time Justin lost his shirt for a ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Baby’ encore, we
were blubbering messes had well and truly forgotten about his off-stage misdemeanours. Because it’s his on-stage professionalism and genuine love for his Beliebers that brought him the fame that he honestly deserves.
*May include writers in their mid-twenties.