Justin said, “I used to live down the road!” “So now this is how Tampa rolls on a Tuesday night?!” The Amalie Arena was filled to the brim coming to see the 37 year-old Timberlake strut his stuff! He brought along the Tennessee Kids to back him up. One of the big tours of the summer supporting Timberlake’s new album, “Man of the Woods”.
The stage was set complete with trees. A walkway extended from the stage all the way across the arena with fans on the floor standing all around. From the moment Timberlake hit the stage, everyone was up out of their seats, standing & dancing for the entire show. He kicked it off with his top 10 single release of “Filthy” right into “Midnight Summer Jam” from MOTW. This album was written about Timberlake’s family as well as his love of the outdoors.
JT keeps the pace moving during the second half of the first set with hits like Suit & Tie, Sexyback, Cry Me a River and moving the entire band to center walkway for a killer rendition of “Drink You Away”. He came back for the second set complete with campfire at the end stage to showcase the Tennessee Kids. Each of the singers took a lead singing around the campfire from a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” to John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, putting their own Memphis spin on the classic tunes with Justin strumming the guitar and singing background.
It was back to the stage and dancing for the last set. Using cell phones to his advantage, Justin tells the audience to light up the arena and 20,000 cell phones are in the air. The fans are into the new music, but they want to hear their favorite songs by Justin and by the time he gets to “Rock your Body” everybody is dancing in tandem. Justin dances solo center stage with a great light show accompanying his moves. It was electric and reminiscent of his musical hero, Michael Jackson. He closed the show with his mega hit, “Can’t Stop the Feeling”! There is no question that Timberlake is a superstar of his generation.
Opening act, The Shadowboxers are a trio pop band discovered by Justin and have now been signed to his artist development label. DJ Freestyle Steve kept the mix going while the crowd was arriving.
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photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography