After a flawless performance to a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center just a few days before, it was a wonder whether 16-year-old pop sensation Justin Bieber would be able to replicate that success as he hit the Jersey shore Friday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Prospects weren’t looking too promising early in the day, as the teen star took to Twitter about his rough afternoon:
didnt get any sleep last night….tried but didnt get it…just couldnt fall asleep. now Im sick and Im tired.
But if Bieber was feeling under the weather, he left it all behind when he took the stage around 9pm in front of a crowd of 14,500.
The pop idol emerged onstage amidst smoke and laser lighting, backed by a full band, four dancers, and a quartet of back-up singers. High-energy performances of “Love Me” and “Bigger” from Bieber’s 2009 multi-platinum debut album, My World, kicked off the set, as the blood-curdling screams of the crowd increased in volume by the second.
Despite his youthful demeanor, Bieber worked the crowd like a seasoned professional, making his way to all angles of the stage with waves, smiles, and an infectious energy. Even those seated in the back sections of the venue were in for a treat, as Bieber flew into the audience overhead the floor seats for an impeccable acoustic medley of his singles “Never Let You Go” and “Favorite Girl,” and again later in the show for a performance of the song “Up” from his 2010 sophomore release, My World 2.0.
Aside from the 16 Bieber tracks that filled the show’s two-hour set list, the young singer also charmed his sold-out crowd with various other entertaining moments, including a drum solo, numerous dance breaks, and a look at the trailer for his upcoming 3D movie, Never Say Never. A medley of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” added in a small throwback for the night, pleasing the ears of parents who were likely coerced into attending the show by their Bieber-loving children.
Even in the face of the undeniable hysteria currently surrounding him on the music scene, Bieber showed considerable gratitude to his audience throughout the night, with countless efforts to thank attendees for “being a part of the dream”, showing no signs of letting the sudden superstardom inflate his ego. Fans scurried along Atlantic City’s boardwalk after the show reliving their favorite moments, as parents chatted amongst one another of being impressed with Bieber’s performance. With spectacular vocals, spot-on dance moves, and several displays of instrumental skill, Bieber made it difficult for anyone in attendance to say he was overrated or undeserving of the success that’s come his way.
Although Justin Bieber’s tour is not set to return to the Philadelphia regional area, ‘Bieber Fever’ will likely be alive for local retailers on Black Friday, when his new album, My Worlds Acoustic, hit stores. Bieber will perform a new track from the album on the American Music Awards, airing this Sunday 11/21 at 8pm on ABC.