Concert review: Justin Timberlake brings the outside in
When Justin Timberlake told Rolling Stone that he was going to be, “bringing the outside in” for The Man of the Woods Tour, he was certainly not kidding. With a cozy bonfire, spellbinding laser-light show, and exclusive VIP bar attached to the stage Timberlake transports his audience and successfully brings the outside in on Wednesday. If you don’t believe us, take a look for yourself in this exclusive sneak-peak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=w6HxnNEG75M
But before Timberlake took the stage opening act, The Shadowboxers got the crowd up on their feet, preparing them for Timberlake’s performance. The group has a modern rhythmic pop funk sound that is similar to Timberlake’s music, which made them the perfect opening act. The group recently released their debut EP titled, Apollo. Their big break happened a few years ago after the close-knit group posted a cover of “Pusher Love Girl” by Justin Timberlake on YouTube. Timberlake found the video, met up with group, signed them to Villa 40, which is Justin’s artist development label and the group is now the opening act on the tour.
Timberlake kicked off the show with the first single released from The Man of The Woods album called, “Filthy.” This was the perfect song for JT to open with. “Filthy” has an electronically-welcoming sound that accurately showcases Timberlake’s transition in sound from his previous album, The 20/20 Experience to his electric country funk sound on the new album. The opening song gave the audience a preview of everything JT had up his sleeve for the night with an epic light show to start it off, followed by an epic dance break down in the center stage after stopping to sign some autographs for fans along the way.
Timberlake perfectly weaves classics like, “Sexyback”, “My Love”, “Lovestoned”, and “Mirrors” with standout songs from the new album like “Midnight Summer Jam”, “Higher Higher”, “Supplies”, and “Montana”. JT’s band, The Tennessee Kids also play a huge part in Timberlake’s spectacular performance. The 15-piece band and group of six backup dancers are the piece that completes the live music experience.
Timberlake used multiple projection screens, pop-up grass and trees planted around sections of the complete open concept stage to make sure the entire audience came together. A great moment came when JT slowed it down halfway through the show. He let the audience have a chance to catch their breath after dancing for one hour straight and sang songs with his background singers around an actual campfire.
After the campfire, JT brought back the energy with a six-song medley with all-time favorite Timberlake songs including “Say Something”, “What Goes Around…Comes Around”, “Summer Love”, “Rock Your Body” and closed the show with “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. He dedicated the summer hit to the Super Bowl Halftime viral selfie sensation, 14-year-old Ryan, who was in the crowd after Ellen DeGeneres and Timberlake partnered up to give him and his family free tickets and meet and greets to the show.
We actually got to meet Ryan at the show and he told us that he was super excited for Justin’s performance and to get another selfie with him.
Overall, The Man of the Woods Tour is a must-see show. Timberlake proves once again why he truly is a class act and will never go out of style. He genuinely wants his audience to get up, dance, and have a great night.
If you missed his show at the TD Garden, Timberlake just added new dates to the tour for the end of the year and will be back in Boston on October 18th and tickets are on sale now.