Justin Timberlake - US Airways Center - 12/2/2013 (PHOTOS)
The setlist was well laid out, grouping some of JT's biggest songs in the first portion of the set. "Summer Love" and "Love Stoned" paired well together, even if the later was cut short tp fit into its spot in the tight set -- which was unfortunate, but didn't detract from the set.
Even among all the hits some of the pairings yielded some surprises, like Jay-Z's "Holy Grail." Timberlake stuck to his parts, sauntering toward the audience for an emotive intro that transitioned into set highlight "Cry Me a River." At the song's conclusion, the massive platform holding up the band sank down for what would presumably be an encore break.
The band could very well have performed three or so more songs and called it a night, but that wasn't the case -- the show wasn't even halfway done at this point.
The second portion of the show was quite different, focusing on deep cuts of the 20/20 Experience. The first part dragged a little bit due to the length of the songs, but nevertheless looked and sounded good thanks to the show's formidable production values. The audience didn't scream quite as much during songs like "True Blood" or "Tunnel Vision," but things quickly picked up during "Let The Groove In."
Timberlake and a few of his dancers performed on an elevated platform that slowly inched toward the back of the venue, giving everyone an opportunity to get a good view of the singer. He dangled over both ends of the platform, which ended in elevated stairways that extended out into the crowd, to a sea of cell phones and screaming fans.
The platform came to a stop at the opposite end of the venue during "That Girl," and JT walked down to a stationary point near the soundboard. He played an acoustic guitar for an unexpected cover of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel."