Thursday, November 21, 2013

Timberlake -- A Dream Come True

For years, I've been saying that if Justin Timberlake comes anywhere near here, I was going to be there.  So when he announced Tulsa, OK as a stop on his 20/20 tour, I couldn't wait to buy tickets.  But they sold fast and Emily and I were obligated to buy $175 VIP floor tickets for the show.  Since I'm a total cheapskate, this was really hard for me.  But as the concert date neared, my apprehension disappeared and excitement started to build.

So Emily and I met in Tulsa on the day of the concert and were ready to party.  I even enjoyed a pre-show margarita... the first alcoholic drink I've had in years.  Our VIP section was standing-room only, so we wanted to get in as soon as possible to claim good spots.  A DJ played music while we waited 2 hours for the show to start.  We had to defend our spots as more people crammed into our section and since Emily is 4 months pregnant, I was particularly protective of her.

When the show finally started, Timberlake put on an amazing party of a show.  After a 10 minute intermission, the second half really started to rock.  AND THEN... his large plexiglass stage lifted up and carried him over the entire floor section and to the back of the arena.  Right over our heads.  When his mobile stage moved to the back of the arena, a stairway lifted up and connected the raised stage directly to the platform that I was leaning on.  THAT'S RIGHT.  So Justin Timberlake came down the stairs, turned our way and shook our hands.  We made eye contact.  We may have had a moment.  And then he performed the next set of songs only about 10 feet away from where we were standing.  It was amazing.  Unfortunately, my camera battery AND my phone battery were too low to get any video and the pictures just don't show how CLOSE we were.

Oh, and Justin's wife, Jessica Biel, was in the other VIP section right near where we were watching the show like any other fan.  It was cool to see her there cheering on her husband with the rest of us.  Emily was particularly starstruck by seeing Jessica Biel.  We couldn't get a good picture of her, but we do catch her on grainy cell phone video a little bit.

Setlist -- published by JT

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