Justin Timberlake apologized from the start saying, “We owe the city of Buffalo, so tonight we’re gonna give it to ya.” Fans had been eagerly anticipating his performance since the postponement of the original concert date five months ago in February 2014. With cool confidence and smooth moves Timberlake poured himself into a stellar three-hour performance at the sold out First Niagara Center.
The ambitious world tour dubbed, “The 20/20 Experience”, boasted pure energy from start to finish. Along with his band, the Tennessee kids, JT dazzled the insatiable fans with nearly 30 songs including favorites, “My Love”, “Cry Me A River” & “SexyBack”.
Looking dashing as always, Timberlake owned the crowd with slide and swagger that only built as the night went on. During the second set, the crowd went wild when the front of the stage detached and transported JT, along with four back up singers, over the floor seats to the back of the arena.
Timberlake paid homage to influential legends when he covered Elvis Presley’s “Heart Break Hotel”, Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” – and took a moment to toast deceased Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson saying, “Here’s to better late than never. Y’all know I’m a big sports fan. So, we’re going to do this one for Ralph Wilson.” If there was anyone left in Buffalo that didn’t love JT already, his toast to Wilson surely won them over.
Clearly a born entertainer, Timberlake seduced the crowd with ease. With boyish charm and undeniable talent, he proved to Buffalo that he was well worth the wait.
Set 1: Pusher Love Girl, Gimme What I don’t Know (I Want), Rock Your Body, Future Sex/Love Sound, Like I Love You, My Love, TKO, Summer Love, LoveStoned, Until the End of Time, Holy Grail (Jay Z cover), Cry Me a River
Set 2: Only When I Walk Away, Drink You Away, Tunnel Vision, Senorita, Let the Groove Get In, Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover), Not a Bad Thing, Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover), What Goes Around…Comes Around, Take Back the Night, Jungle Boogie (Kool & the Gang cover), Murder, Poison (Bell Biv DeVoe cover), Suit & Tie, SexyBack, Mirrors