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posted Friday, January 24 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 04
Justin Timberlake gives fans an unforgettable experience
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Justin Timberlake gives fans an unforgettable experience

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
KEY ARENA
January 17


The only thing Justin Timberlake didn't do last weekend at Key Arena was magic tricks. The mega pop star delivered a near three-hour concert to a sold out audience that included all of his major hits, sharp choreography, dazzling stage and lighting design, lots of interaction with crazed admirers and even a few laughs, like when he politely told a fan to fuck off because he complained about the ten-minute intermission - Timberlake quickly apologized.

After a brief slideshow, displayed on a honeycomb-shaped back panel that extended to form a small roof, the show began with Timberlake standing atop the double-tiered stage singing the opening lines of 'Pusher Love Girl.' Within seconds, he made his way to the main platform below and a full band of musicians, complete with brass section and supporting vocalists, rose from beneath the stage. Dressed in a three-piece black suit with polished shoes and neatly groomed hair - his band members and six-person dance troupe all wearing crisp black and white outfits, too - it set the tone for a concert that had as much class as it did sass.

'Is that how you're feeling tonight, Seattle?' asked Timberlake to a roaring crowd. 'The 12th Man is in the house tonight!' he added, and the decibel noise inside the arena grew more intense.

'Rock Your Body' put everyone in a party mood, as if they weren't already. 'My Love' was given an elegant piano intro with ballad-like vocals, but then juiced up to a lively rendition that featured Timberlake dancing solo on a short catwalk with dimmed lights. 'TKO,' one of many songs played from the musician-actor's 2013 dual volume release, The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience, packed a mean punch with everyone yelling out 'T-K-O' throughout it, while another track from the album, 'Strawberry Bubblegum,' was infused with an old school R&B vibe.

'It's a very big weekend in this city,' said the former N Sync frontman in reference to Sunday's NFC Championship football game. 'Some of them are in the building tonight, so shout out to the Seahawks!' Indeed, several team members attended the performance, including free safety Earl Thomas, wide receiver Golden Tate, kicker Steven Hauscka, defensive end Greg Scruggs and linebackers Bobby Wagner and Heath Farwell.

'Cry Me a River,' with an added snippet of Jay Z's 'Holy Grail,' had the tenderness of a ballad, yet the jolt of a power anthem, with over 17,000 people lending their voices to the chorus. The Grammy-winning tune capped the first half of the show. Yes, there was more.

Following a short intermission, giving fans just enough time to grab a beer or use the restroom, Timberlake re-appeared to commence the second portion that proved to be as long and even more impressive than the previous. It was dominated by 20/20 material, including the initial three numbers, 'Only When I Walk Away,' 'True Blood' and 'Drink You Away,' which the dapper entertainer described simply as a song about drinking.

The coolest moment of the night took place during 'Let the Groove In' when the plexiglass walkway on the stage lifted entirely and gradually moved from one end of Key Arena to the other, all the while Timberlake and members of his band and dance ensemble performed high above the floor without flinching.

Settled on the other side of Key Arena, Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, as he calls his stage support, reeled off a brief set that featured 'That Girl,' 'Cabaret' and a couple of covers, Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' and Michael Jackson's 'Human Nature.' Performing to a VIP crowd squeezed inside a makeshift bar, the Memphis native greeted diehard followers with hand-slaps and up close hellos. A cameo sighting by local star Macklemore, who seized the opportunity to snap a selfie of himself with Timberlake, got a loud cheer.

At one point, Timberlake raised a drink to the audience and declared, 'Here's to this weekend. Good luck! To the 12th Man!'

Two more covers, fun redos of Kool and the Gang's 'Jungle Boogie' and Bell Biv Devoe's 'Poison,' were snuck in towards the finale of the concert. But it was a trio of big hits that took the performance to the midnight hour, literally. An attitude-driven run-through of 'Suit & Tie,' followed by a very bouncy version of 'SexyBack,' and then a fantastic rendition of 'Mirrors' climaxed the lengthy, exciting visit by the pop music giant, who promised his Seattle fan base that he'd return to the Emerald City sooner the next time. He hadn't been here since 1999, when N Sync's 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now Tour' rode into town.

Not only was Friday's concert packed with great music and flawless dance moves, but it was a really impressive showing from a really impressive showman.

Timberlake's a pro; I was blown away by how skilled he is as a live performer and how well he can work a crowd.

From start to finish, it was epic. There's no better way to describe it.

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