Justin Bieber wrapped up his Australian concert tour last night with his one and only Perth Arena show.
Though the teen star has rarely been out of the headlines of late (for seemingly all the wrong reasons), and ticket sales for his Aussie tour were reportedly below expectations, The Bieb pulled out all the stops in the hope of satisfying his dedicated fanbase.
With thanks to Visa Entertainment, we risked the hearing of our passionate pop reviewer Brad, who we sent along to give us the inside word on the Bieber phenomenon.
Cody Simpson is incredibly lucky. I’m not that saying that because he’s not talented, or because he doesn’t work hard enough, but it feels like he has spent his career riding the after shocks of the Bieber Tsunami. His songs are not as good, he’s not as good a dancer, and his record sales have never been anywhere near Bieber’s level.
Nevertheless, the girls in the crowd LOVED him. Though there was a bit of lip-synching involved, he seemed to connect to the audience, and they loved it when he got his guitar out on ‘La Da Dee’. It’s just a shame that he is yet to develop any artistic identity outside of being a Australian Justin Bieber. He needs to branch away from Bieber’s sound if he has any hope of developing a rabid fan base of his own one day.
If you hadn’t noticed, Justin Bieber is quite the polarizing singer… You either love him or wish him dead.
His ‘Believe’ tour is interesting in that it’s clear that he is not trying to rebel or convert those who hate him into ‘Beliebers’. It is proudly a ‘Beliebers’-only extravaganza.
He does his signature dance moves, dedicates multiple songs to ‘all of the beautiful ladies’ in the room, and even gets his shirt off for the encore. Consequently, the crowd of mostly 14-18 year old girls were screaming and going wild the entire concert. So loud in fact, that I spent half of the concert protecting my earlobes!
As a whole, the show was well put together. The dancing sections were great and the video vignettes were entertaining. The set list had all of his greatest hits, and even the dragged along boyfriends in the crowd were singing along to the likes of ‘Never Say Never’ and ‘Beauty And A Beat’. Perhaps I had hoped for more of an elaborate stage design but it probably would have gone unnoticed by the audience anyway. All eyes were strictly on Bieber.
The man himself seemed to be on cruise control for most of the show but don’t listen to the reports that his star is fading. Twenty seconds at a Bieber concert and it’s clear that his fans are more in love than ever. Oh and he is a crazy good drummer to boot!
Objectively, there was only one noticeable drawback to the concert. Most of the show was clearly lip-synched. Yep, I went there. When he did talk to the crowd, or sing live, it was evident that his voice was quite croaky so the lip-synching was pretty easy to notice, even during the slower songs. Strangely, during ‘Believe’, he did sing live… but then faked playing the piano. Who knew that piano synching was a thing!
I may blame this concert for the start of my deteriorating hearing loss but there’s no doubt that the concert was a complete triumph. I will just have to indulge in ear protectors next time!
Brad attended the concert as a guest of Visa Entertainment. Visa Entertainment gives all Visa cardholders access to exclusive concert ticket pre-sales for concerts. Sign up today for free at visaentertainment.com.au and find them on Facebook.