22 October 2018 – Justin Timberlake : Man of the Woods Tour – Madison Square Garden, New York
After celebrating its 20 year career in March, Justin Timberlake embarked on a pharaonic tour over 110 Dates entitled "Man of the Woods Tour" and will end in January 2019. He returned to North America for a second leg : an opportunity for me to finally see the show, I had been denied in March because of a damn snow storm. My American adventure started well 😂.
I arrive at Madison Square Garden 18 h 30. This is the first time I attended a concert in pit. Habitually, All seats are seated, but we must believe that the configuration of the scene to push the organizers to make it simple. I also not sure where to fuck me despite the advice I gleaned here and there. VIP areas take much space and other sites are for brands like Verizon, mobile provider in the US. Not fair 😒. I sit halfway between the main stage and the Party Pit. I'm still happy to be in the pit and I remain confident for visibility.
After a DJ set a good half hour, we discover Francesco Yates, young Canadian singer and musician, in the first part. I take the wait to watch the scenery. The device is impressive and spans the entire floor. A decorated tree and winding Advanced engravings connects the main stage with two other areas. A first center for VIP with a bar and dance floor, and a second covered with shrubs and grass evoking the universe album.
Above my head, I saw a circular screen composed of multiple removable panels. It reminds me of something, not you? 🤔 The device is approximately the same as in 2007 during the FutureSex/LoveShow. Must wait 21 h 40 to see the LED panelMOTW illuminate the arena. The room dims gradually and musicians make their entrance tower tower, acclaimed by audiences ...
Justin Timberlake arrives at « Filthy » shouting « New York Ciiity ». He wears a leather jacket over a plaid shirt and a T-shirt. The evening started out with a bang : an army of dancers lands for electrical choreography in a disorderly lasers. He joined the end of the advance while the circular screen is gradually rolling out « Midnight Summer Jam ». It multiplies the round trips between scenes, and ends on the main to launch « LoveStoned » with his band, les Tennessee Kids. The video is available at the end of the article for those interested.
You will see he has not lost its luster : he sings, he dances, it does show, and musically, it's always good. It connects seamlessly on génialissime « SexyBack ». I never tire of hearing live, chorea and orchestration are just ouf. The title ends with a solo guitarist. This is my first big event of the heart stroke! 😍
He welcomes us and leaves after the advance accompanied by 3 dancers to interpret « Man Of The Woods » amid tall grass. Above our heads, the screen becomes bright sky. He followed that with one of my favorite songs of the album, « Higher Higher ». I live surkiffe arrangements, this is a great time ❤. While it takes the path of the main stage, platforms on which musicians located pivot rearwardly, to face the public sitting behind. " Miss " starts and JT, which back to us, moved to his keyboard to play the song.
A video interlude before « Suit & Tie » to allow time for Justin to run after daylight. If most of the title is not interesting, the fact that the ends dancing in a cage made of lasers widely its effect. It enjoys a standing ovation from spectators to pause and join a panel installed on the main stage. He plays the DJ on the intro « My Love ». As in previous tour, Title is part of highlights you show. It's awesome! 👍
JT continues his game the decks with the long awaited « Cry Me A River ». The decor is covered with smoke and the screens down to create a beautiful illusion storm. The audience sang loudly and the title of the final paces. My only regret is that the sound is so bad in this room ... this was already the case for Pink in early 😒. The continuous show with « Mirrors », one of the most memorable performances of the evening. On the central stage, Justin finds himself surrounded by 18 panels reproducing his image to infinity to create a moment of pure spectacle. The title is a live bomb.
He is joined by musicians and singers in the middle of the room. He jokes about the snow that had forced him to cancel his shows in New York last March and was proud to be able to play in the world's most beautiful room. He throws the audience « I can’t control the snow but I can give you a fucking show! » before emptying a shot and engage « Drink You Away » acoustic. He clearly had to get back to sport, because he spends his time getting his biceps with a smile on his lips mode "Look how I muscled". If you do not believe me, will see in the photo gallery! Seriously, he did at least a dozen times in the evening 😂.
After a video interlude, include Justin Timberlake and his group on the last scene. They are built around a real campfire for an acoustic sequence. He interprets « Until The End Of Time » and then allowed his singers take some well-known songs the English repertoire : « Dreams » de Fleetwood Mac, « Ex-Factor » de Lauryn Hill, « Come Together » Beatles and « Thank God I’m a Country Boy » de John Denver. It's a bit long, but we feel that there is a genuine desire to make music at the time of the show.
He takes the lead on « Morning Light » and returns to center stage, which gives me the opportunity to see her new outfit closer. He now wears a holey jeans along with a white jacket. The style is quite different from what he had accustomed us on previous tours. We offer a nice version « What Goes Around… Comes Around » guitar before moving on « Say Something », you can find the video at the end of the article. Now is super nice, it's one of the songs I like on the album ❤.
A short interlude with images of nature allows it to pick up on « Montana » and « Summer Love », I no memory. I only remember that « Rock Your Body » comes a little like a hair in the soup, and in a few seconds, JT finds dancing a few meters from me on the bright checkered covering the floor of the VIP area 😍. It's super short, I feel that the song lasts about ten seconds. I do not even have time to understand what is happening. suddenly, I do not have time to get back in for « Supplies », this is a title that I love behind.
The track is chained to « Like I Love You » I just loved. The choregraphy, the arrangements, I find it really cool that he still manages to do something interesting with that title despite the tours that are linked. « Can’t Stop The Feeling » the end of the evening marks. This is a good final, but it lacks something : it would have confetti or something a little more festive I find 🙄. Moreover, This is perhaps the only criticism I can do to show : the last part of the show, except « Rock Your Body », really lacks direction. But OK, the evening was great, and ends when even in an atmosphere of absolute joy, car « Can’t Stop The Feeling » carries a really communicative energy!
Now, Place the conclusion! I clearly gets off the show : I'm a fan of the album and I was really looking forward to see him live on stage. The arrangements are great, and visual coating is impressive, even if some weaknesses on the end. The setlist is canon. The most recent titles fit well with the rest of the repertoire and I never tire of re-hear the classics that are still part of highlights you show : « SexyBack », « Cry Me A River » et « Mirrors » on your mind. Only problem, presentation of singers is a bit long, but the rest unfolds at a frantic pace : at the end, I do not even manage to follow!
Side staged, the show gives the impression of being more refined than usual. It is a successful synthesis of previous tours in my opinion. The technology is there : lasers, video panels and other accessories, but it does not capture as much attention as I imagined. The stage is huge and confess all, I've never been a fan of the great scenes like this, because you have to have eyes everywhere if you do not want to miss anything. Which always ends up happening, when there are like me in pit – although I'm not too bad out to me for once.
The universe of the album is pretty well transcribed on stage and gives pride to close during the show. I also found quite talkative. At the end of the show, we clearly want to end the evening by the fire with him. I also want to say that for once, Americans did not piss me off and it is rare enough to be stressed 😂. The second date was postponed to the end of the tour due to an injury to the vocal cords : I might go see him again in January if I can nab not too expensive seats. Waiting, you can always go check out the other articles on JT. I recommend the concert 2014 Stade de France I really surkiffé : FutureSex/LoveShow – Halle Tony-Garnier, Lyon (2007), The 20/20 Experience World Tour - Stade de France, Paris (2014) and Olympia, Paris (2014),
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Setlist : Filthy / Midnight Summer Jam / Lovestoned / Sexyback / Man Of The Woods / Higher Higher / Miss / Suit & Tie / My Love / Cry Me A River / Mirrors / Drink You Away / Until The End Of Time / Dream / Ex-Factor / Come Together / Thank God I’m A Country Boy / Morning Light / What Goes Around… Comes Around / Say Something / Montana / Summer Love / Rock Your Body / Supplies / Like I Love You / Can’t Stop The Feeling