Justin Bieber could soon be stealing a page out of the Beatles’ playbook thanks to yet another incident with fans while touring in the U.K. this past week.
In an attempt to quiet the throngs of screaming fans during his tour stop in Manchester, Justin Bieber chided his audience to give him a semblance of silence during the break between songs. When the fans continued to scream despite the warning, Justin Bieber dropped his microphone in disgust and he walked off the stage to get away from the shrilling female fans.
The entire event in Manchester was caught on video — which can be seen below — and shared on Twitter for millions of Beliebers to see.
Justin Bieber later returned to explain his actions, The Guardian reported recently. The musician reasoned his desire for silence was an attempt to connect with the audience on a more personal level.
“My point of the ‘no screaming’ thing is so that when I’m looking at you in the eyes, you can actually know that we’re having a moment and having a connection. So it’s not me trying to be an a–hole, it’s simply because I’m wanting us to have a moment.”
Could the latest incident — at least his third such time storming off the stage in the past three years — lead to the end of his touring days? While it may seem far-fetched that Justin Bieber would stop touring the world due to the financial benefits that accompany such successful tours, he would not be the first musician who considered making good music more important than performing in front of throngs of screaming fans.
The New York Post compared the plight Justin Bieber currently faces with that of the Beatles, a band that stopped performing in 1966 despite remaining together to record other albums. As the article pointed out, the band’s decision to stop touring was based partially on the adoring fans it sought to avoid.
“As explored in Ron Howard’s recent documentary Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years the band was exhausted with constant scrutiny, fearful of the threat of religious violence after John Lennon’s controversial ‘bigger than Jesus’ remark, and thoroughly fed up with having to hear the sound of screaming teenyboppers drowning them out, night after pointless night. They decided to spend the final four years of their career concentrating on studio recordings.”
Like the Beatles, Justin Bieber feels he has more to give his fans than just a concert experience. As The Guardian points out, the frustration Justin Bieber feels is due to “the teenybopper aspect of his fame.” The article further laid the foundation as to why Justin Bieber may consider giving up tours in the near future.
“The screams, the meet-and-greets, the absolute fealty of millions of Beliebers – he wants rid of it… Yet he feels he has more to give, and, in fairness, it’s not without reason. Bieber has played passable guitar and drums from the time he could toddle, and his singing voice is more than decent. The Purpose album, which effectively yoked those breathy vocals to trap, tropical house and EDM beats, won some of the best reviews of his career.”
The break from touring could help Justin Bieber break free from the teenybopper image he can’t escape. With his pivot toward a more grown-up sound, stepping away from touring to focus on further his new musical ambition and its new direction would help Justin Bieber shed his teen idol image.
Money is also not an issue for Justin Bieber, either. The pop star is worth an estimated $200 million, and Purpose showed his current musical direction is wildly profitable as well. “Love Yourself,” “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean” have made astronomical sales for Justin Bieber in 2016.
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