REVIEW: Justin Timberlake flies high in Sheffield

Justin Timberlake performing at the Sheffield Arena
Justin Timberlake performing at the Sheffield Arena
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Justin Timberlake has ‘got some history’ with Sheffield.

The superstar played his first ever solo gig at the Motorpoint Arena in May 2003 – and yesterday he was back with a bang.

And he pulled out all the stops to kick off the debut night of his European 20/20 Experience Tour leg in style.

Dapper in suit and tie, he started the show in silhouette to give the impression that the night would be a more grown-up, reserved affair.

But soon the trademark dance routines, gyrating and flirting were back, as he rocked the stage with classics such as Like I Love You, My Love and the famous Britney Spears revenge track Cry Me A River.

The man can sing, falsetto solos were abundant, he can play, both grand piano and acoustic guitar came out, and boy, can he move.

His pelvic thrusting, piano playing, high notes and even shot-drinking – in a toast to all mums in his ‘home from home’ UK on Mother’s Day – had the crowds screaming for more.

Packed crowds were bouncing - singing along to hit Senorita - even before the surprise highlight, an elevating, hydraulic stage that travelled over the audience.

As a crowd-pleaser, it was genuis.

Every seat in the house got to see their idol up close, and from all sides.

Taking a break from pelvic-thrusting, Justin spoke of how the arena was the scene for his ‘first solo show ever’ in May 2003.

He added: “So 11 years and one month, that’s when we met - we’ve got some history.

“It is so, so, so good to be back in the UK.”

The Memphis star, who also poked fun at the British accent and told fans ‘I love you’. was joined by a full band, dancers and hi-tech light show throughout the night.

New tracks from his fourth studio album, including Pusher Love Girl and the catchy TKO – got fans jumping.

Covers of Elvis’ Heartbreak Hotel, and Michael Jackson’s Human Nature, also featured before the night slowed down for a few ballads.

Smash hits Sexyback and Mirrors ended the high-energy night, which showed the president of pop’s true scale of talent. He barely broke in to a sweat.

Justin, speaking on behalf of Sheffield, you can come back any time.