Bieber Fever is alive and kicking. Justin Bieber overwhelmingly proved that at his first solo big-stage return after two years at Wango Tango on Saturday night.
In the run-up to the highly anticipated May 9 date, Justin appeared as a guest on Ariana Grande’s Honeymoon Tour and at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival with Jack U’s Skrillex and Diplo. But last night was all about the Biebs and his beloved Beliebers.
So, how did it go down?
This fact should answer that question. MTV News were at the KIIS FM-produced Carson, Calif., StubHub Center concert. They reported fans started screaming for the superstar at 4 p.m. That’s four-and-a-half hours before the 21-year-old hit the stage at 8:30 p.m.
MTV News noted YouTube clips don’t reflect the frenzied Wango Tango audience reaction that ignited when a mostly all-black clad Justin kicked off his performance. The screaming reportedly went from 0-100 when first banger “Boyfriend” dropped, followed up by “Beauty and a Beat.”
With the crowd delirious for more, Justin turned down the pace but turned up the heat in other ways. Rewinding back to his 2013 Journals album, the heartthrob whipped out “All That Matters” and a more R-rated “Hold Tight.”
By this point, it was Biebervelli’s world and everyone else was just living in it.
During the closer songs,”As Long As You Love Me” and the shimmering “Where Are You Now” (which is now No. 6 in the UK), the Biebs went full on Believe World Tour with the mechanical lift in “ALYLM” and traditional torso tease, which he saved for “WAUN.”
Throughout Justin’s six-song comeback, model friends Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin watched from the wings of the stage. Will Smith’s Twitter-less son Jaden was also spotted, as was Workaholics’ Erik Griffin.
— Erik Griffin (@ErikGriffin) May 10, 2015
The usual dating rumors about Justin either dating Hailey or Kendall are being pumped out right now by gossip peddlers Hollywood Life and Life & Style. Both outlets have previously been outed multiple times for fabricating reports, so we’ll leave it to readers to decide what weight to give their claims.
Moving on. Justin’s minor vocal kinks will no doubt iron out as he gets back into the rhythm of regular shows. Seemingly excited about his return to major performing, he later took to Twitter post-concert, writing, “Good to be back.”
Hours later, he Instagrammed an “Ooh Aah” edited video of his Wango Tango set.
Online, Justin’s fans have been mostly ecstatic about the crowd’s thrilled reception to the singer’s show. These tweets represents many, many more.
The era of Justin has changed – I got trampled my little girls, grown men & everyone in between! THEY ALL LOVED HIM! #Proud
— Ashley (@AshleyAnne805) May 10, 2015
What a comeback King @justinbieber, Cnt wait for your first single
— Eion Clarke (@imstilkidrauhl) May 10, 2015
— Mariecar Mendoza (@LANGMarMendoza) May 10, 2015
#WangoTango I HAVENT CRIED THIS HARD SINCE FOREVER JUSTIN BIEBER YOU DID GREAT BABES
— angelinaa (@justinfordayz) May 10, 2015
Just saw some paramedics rush in here, yeezus and JB were too much for the people
— Natalie (@slothalie) May 10, 2015
During pre-show interviews, the singer revealed his new album, which is being produced by Kanye West — who headlined last night and gave the Biebs an onstage shout-out — and Rick Rubin is at the “final touch” stage. He also revealed he will tour in the summer.
After all the trials and tribulations, Justin Bieber is back to doing what he evidently loves to do, while he continues to move positively past youthful missteps.
[Images via Andrea Tardio/MTV/Getty Images for 102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango]