With a firmly loaded, precisely choreographed set that travelled quickly through his greatest hits and finest brand-new product, Justin Timberlake made T-Mobile Arena seem like a much more intimate location throughout the first of 2 nights on the Strip for his Man of the Woods tour.
The two-year-old arena behind the New York-New York gambling establishment resort was crammed with as many people making as much noise as it’s ever known Wednesday and Friday as the Vegas Golden Knights won their very first 2 NHL playoff games in your home, however Saturday night belonged to the 37-year-old pop star and his sellout audience. A special phase setup enabled Timberlake to get near to the fans on the flooring as he, atrioventricular bundle and dancers returned and forth along a tree-strewn path finishing the wilderness themes of the tour and new album Guy of the Woods.
That record has actually been out for just 10 weeks and yet many fans knew all the words, enthusiastically singing along to the bouncy title track and the Chris Stapleton duet “Say Something.” With the Academy of Country Music Awards occurring the next night at MGM Grand, there seemed to be some anticipation that Stapleton might sign up with Timberlake onstage for that rootsy jam, but the Kentucky-born vocalist and songwriter didn’t make the trip as he was at house with his partner, who gave birth to twin young boys Sunday.
Timberlake devoted a lot of time to old favorites like “SexyBack,” “Senorita,” “Fit & & Tie” and “Like I Love You,” remaining real to original arrangements and choreography for many hits and offering fresh handles others. He played DJ to tease then remix techno-rock smash “My Love,” still one of his most dramatic live tracks. Legendary lighting impacts were tuned into his every move– multiple streams of trickling tears during “Cry Me A River” produced a sense of snowfall on his synthetic forest.
Simply when it seemed the program was getting too slick and well-planned without any space for surprises or spontaneity, Timberlake blended it up. He forged a fireside jam session to sing lovey-dovey lullaby “Flannel,” then passed the mic to his talented backup singers who provided passionate renditions of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” The Beatles’ “Come Together” and John Denver’s “Thanks God I’m a Country Boy.” When it was time to dance, Timberlake and group jumped off the stage and struck the actual flooring for “Rock Your Body.”
This is Timberlake’s first opportunity to explore “Cannot Stop the Feeling,” the disco-pop tune he recorded for the kid-movie soundtrack to Giants that became his 5th No. 1 hit. He’s utilizing it as the finale, getting everyone as much as dance one more time and sending fans away with excellent vibes, but also revealing another side to his musical flexibility.