March 18th, 2007 13:40 EST
Justin Timberlake in Nashville
Oh Tennessee, you`re too good to me, " said Justin Timberlake during his sold-out show in Nashville this past weekend. The native of the volunteer state was glad to be home. Judging by the deafening screams and the blinding flashbulbs, the crowd was happy to have him too.
Wearing a three-piece suit and white sneakers, Timberlake seemed to glide through every dance move, proving that he`s definitely got the Memphis soul.
The stage set was as impeccable as Timberlake`s clothes. Set in the round at Gaylord Entertainment Center, the "sexyback` singer was surrounded by dancers, back up singers and, of course, screaming fans.
Opening with the title track off his recent second album FutureSexLoveSounds, Timberlake`s energy never ceased and his voice remained pitch-perfect throughout his two hour set.
The show was part hip-hop, part dance party and even part revival when a gospel choir was projected onto the large screens which surrounded the circular stage. These screens were especially helpful when sections of the audience would lose sight of the main attraction. Although the set up in the round looked great, it often hindered people`s views of the singing and dancing pop prince.
Halfway through the FutureSexLoveShow, Timberlake took a much deserved break. During this twenty minute intermission, Timbaland, one of the music world`s most prolific and profitable producers took the stage. Accompanied by two other DJ`s, Justin`s right hand man spun samples of many of his chart topping hits, including songs by Missy Elliott, Aaliyah and Nelly Furtado.
Rock Your Body, " the hit single off of Timberlake`s debut album Justified kicked off the second half of his marathon set. The excitement of the crowd never faltered, as they continued to shriek and sing-a-long to such modern day gems as Timberlake`s newest single, What Goes Around "Comes Around. "
As high octane and as powerful as Justin`s performance was, his show opener Pink turned in a dynamic set as well. Just as her dance hit claims, Pink promised to Get the Party Started. "
During this song, which also closed her set, Pink looked like a member of Cirque de Soleil, as she wrapped herself in fabric descended from the ceiling. The singer spun towards the top of the stage, while still belting out her strong and raspy voice. This physical and vocal feat set the tone for the rest of the non-stop entertainment extravaganza.
As the show neared its end, Justin gave back some southern hospitality by saying, [You`ll never know] how grateful I am and much I love and appreciate all of you. "
Something tells me, the audience loves him too.