A Spectacle! Justin Timberlake at the United Center (March 27, 2018)

A Justin Timberlake concert is quite a spectacle. To start, there are three stages across the United Center floor. First, there is a large main stage at one end where his full band sets up. The two other stages are connected by a winding walkway. One of them is a small circular stage directly in the center. The other one is a medium size platform at the other end of the floor. Throughout the show, Justin is moving between all these stages utilizing the space like a true showman.

Towards the end of the show, a gas powered fire pit is raised onto the medium stage. Justin grabs a guitar and sits and plays while other performers sing covers such as “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac and “Come Together” by The Beatles. It’s an interesting idea, but the choice of these random cover songs is bizarre. Acoustic versions of Timberlake songs or even N’Sync songs would have been better.

“Say Something”, which features Chris Stapleton on the album, was a highlight of the night. It featured Timberlake on guitar and the whole crowd singing along. “Rock Your Body” also got the crowd up and dancing. “I’m gonna have you naked by the end of this song” was repeated multiple times at the end of the song, as it should be. It’s a great line.

See the full setlist here.

 

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