For those of you that care, here’s a detailed and highly opinionated recap of my Justin Bieber Believe Tour, Meet and Greet experience. It’s really long, so read at your own risk.
I’m sitting here listening to Believe right now because my head is still spinning, okay, everything went by so damned fast. I’m going to just start at the top and work my way down to the end of the concert.
So I skipped my 2pm class at school because I won those meet and greets from Bieber Fever and that’s literally all I could think about while I was at school. I emailed my professor and told her I wasn’t coming to class and she starts going on about how I’m missing some quiz. I’m like to hell with the quiz I’m going to go meet the father of my children okay, pop off bitch. So I left school around like 2ish because I was supposed to show up at 4pm to pick up my wristbands and go meet Justin. I sat around the CNN Center and I tweeted about eating Chinese food. While I was doing that Dan Kanter walked past where I was sitting and I just kind of glared at him. See I met him at the Jingle Ball in December and he wouldn’t take a picture with me then. So I thought, “Maybe I can get one this time around…” but I just didn’t bother because I was thinking, “who cares about Dan I’m meeting Justin in like 2 hours.”
Or so I thought.
After waiting in like 2 different lines for the wristbands, I finally got them. I showed them my ID, signed a piece of paper, and the man at the window handed me two blue wristbands. And then I had to wait. I was waiting on my friend Tesha that I was taking to the show with me. I refused to go into the meet and greet without her, no matter how long the line got while I waited. After standing around for the longest time, I asked the man at the meet and greet doorway what time they’d close the door and not allow people inside. He said about 5:00, and it was already past 4:30. Tesha cut it really close, but she showed up on time and we got inside with our wristbands.
Then security led us down into like the basement of the arena. It was really far down several flights of stairs and into a big open space with a little curtained-off area in the corner. The line was MASSIVE I felt like we would be waiting forever. I saw pretty much everyone that works with Justin. Like Scooter, Kenny, Alfredo, Brad, and Mike Lerner and even one of Justin’s female dancers. And Lil Twist was there for some unknown reason. I don’t even understand his existence.
Okay so we’re waiting in line still and eventually we get closer to the entrance to the curtained area. I had caught glimpses of Justin’s face whenever someone moved the curtain and I was freaking out because that was Justin Drew Bieber standing behind a curtain mere feet away from me. He was wearing a hat and sunglasses, which made me really upset because I wanted to stare into his eyes.
So here’s how this “meet and greet”, if you want to call it that, went down. Tesha and I got shoved into a group with people we didn’t know. Like random ass bitches I never met in my life. I guess cuz we got free meet and greets that’s how they do us. The next paragraph is everything that happened within about 30 seconds, it was very rushed and extremely underwhelming.
We walked into the little curtain area. I see Justin standing there against the Believe Tour backdrop. I said hey to Alfredo, he said what’s up. I said hi to Mike Lerner, who was taking the pictures. I glanced to the side and saw Kenny. Mike had the group of us line up next to Justin, and then he told me to move to the other side which meant I was on the far side like 2 or 3 people away from Justin. I don’t remember. When I walked past Justin to get to the other side, I smiled at him and he smiled back at me. I looked directly into Justin Bieber’s face and he said, “That’s nice” once I finally got to my spot on the other side of him. I don’t know what was “nice” but whatever. Then I put my arm up around the girl next to me (I don’t even remember who she was) and brushed against Justin’s arm and the back of his neck. Mike took the photo, and then I turned to ask Justin for a hug. Before I even said, “Justin can I—” his big ass security guard put an arm in front of me and pushed me away from Justin. I thought he grabbed me, but I realize now he pushed me with his big ass arms.
And that was it. Aside from the split second of me looking directly at Justin and touching the back of his neck, there was no “meet” nor was there any “greet”. I’m pissed off, but it was free. If I had paid for that shit I would’ve been LIVID but I digress.
After that debacle I was dazed and confused. I did get to speak to Scooter for a few seconds. Tesha had a note to give to Justin and because that little episode lasted less than a minute we didn’t get a chance. So we gave the note to Scooter and he said he would give it to Justin. Hopefully he didn’t forget. After that we had to leave the basement area and go back outside. Security cut off our wristbands and sent us on our merry way. I was so pissed off, but I said to myself that I needed to enjoy the concert and move past it.
AND BOY DID I EVER ENJOY A CONCERT IN MY LIFE. DARE I SAY IT WAS BETTER THAN BRITNEY SPEARS. I’ll explain why.
Justin’s more present when he performs. I feel like when I saw Britney – aside from being star-struck beyond comprehension – I didn’t feel any sort of connection with Britney seeing her perform. I might as well have been watching the tour DVD. But with Justin he’s just… there. You can see it in his face when he sings that he’s really passionate about it. He’s confident and comfortable with the audience and he knows exactly what he’s doing.
But yeah so there were two opening acts, Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen. I’d never really given Cody Simpson much thought in the past but he’s actually really good. And he can dance and his little Aussie accent is adorable. And Carly’s just perfection. But I could tell people were getting bored of her after about 3 songs. I know all her songs, so I loved it. Of course the only song people know is Call Me Maybe and that was the only one that got people moving. I was all for it though; she did Your Heart Is A Muscle and I was GONE. Scooter came out midway through her set and said that Justin complained to him that the crowd wasn’t loud enough, and he knows Atlanta can get louder than that. After that people tried to get more into it.
After Carly was done with her adorable little set, the energy in the arena was extremely tense. We were waiting for the countdown to start, but it didn’t. There was just Michael Jackson music playing and every time a song ended people would scream thinking Justin was coming out. And apparently he would walk by backstage and the people on the far side of the stage could see him and started making noise. And then there was the LOUD synth drum beat (from the beginning of Smooth Criminal) and the lights flashed and the countdown started, 10 minutes on the clock. Girls lost their shit and I started shaking and Tesha’s jaw just dropped.
And then, the lights went low and something started playing on the screen. I don’t remember because all I know is there was this weird video of Justin flying around with these wings and then the fucking screen on the top of the stage opened up and Justin flew out slowly with those giant wings made of instruments and I was just not even present. Like he’s a GLORIOUS human being he’s like a flawlessly handsome young man and I just don’t know how he does it but without even trying he manages to be attractive at all times.
I’m not going to go into detail about the ENTIRE show because it’s not important. But a few things I noted. For one thing, One Time is still the fucking jam and if you disagree you’re an idiot. He’s so cute when he performs it. I could watch him performing Take You every day for the rest of my life, god bless that child and his hip movements. He started coughing at the end of Catching Feelings and he like croaked out the last few notes, bless his heart. I have a new respect for Love Me Like You Do because it’s actually a really sweet song if you think about it, and the umbrellas and the backdrop of him standing in the rain was just too much. She Don’t Like The Lights is a snoozer live. I mean I love the song, but I don’t know it just feels like it shouldn’t be performed live or maybe they need to remix it I don’t know.
Justin skipped Beautiful and Fall, although I think him skipping Fall was due to an issue with the stage crane that he uses when he sings it. He slipped on something during SDLTL and his shoe came off while he was dancing and he took a second to try to put it back on and keep performing. A lot of the video interludes were of him as a child and his old YouTube videos, and there was something about achieving your dreams and all that Believe/Never Say Never stuff he talks about. Hence the title, “Justin Bieber’s Believe”.
He also gave a very emotional little speech about how much his fans in Atlanta mean to him and how they’re among the first people that really supported him and he calls Atlanta his second home. I haven’t been there since the VERY beginning but I feel honored to be a part of this Atlanta fanbase.
HE DIDN’T TAKE HIS SHIRT ALL THE WAY OFF. He was shirtless, with a jacket on, for ALAYLM and Believe but he never took it all the way off. He pushed it back a little and spun around a lot and my seat was really freaking close so I could see all his little tattoos and his stomach and his chest and I think it’s a good thing he didn’t take it all the way off because that might’ve killed me. He kept throwing stuff in the audience too like his sweaty towel and a water bottle. At one point he did the hook from Rack City when one of his band members did the bass line from the song.
And then, between the last two songs he just stood on the b-stage and smiled for 2 minutes. Literally stood there and did nothing, just looked around and people just kept screaming. I’m not complaining because I got to stare at him up close for 2 entire minutes and he wasn’t moving much just smiling and being a cupcake and winking at the girls in the front rows. And then he did Baby and it was over. He went away. Just went down into the stage and that was it. I might’ve cried, but I held it together. Now my ears are ringing thanks to several thousand screaming teenage girls.
I’m seeing him again in August, but I don’t think I’m going to bother with trying to get meet and greets again because I’d rather NOT have a repeat of that experience. Next time I get meet and greets will be because I BOUGHT them. No more of this free stuff because they do you dirty. Other than that, it was a really AMAZING concert and I’m excited to go again in a few months because at the end of the day, I just love Justin Bieber and I love supporting him and I will stand by his side as long as I damn well please.