At their San Jose concert Friday night
'NSync went through their entire first song without as much as a moon walk.
Taking a more adult attitude to performing,
the world famous boy band started off their 2002 Celebrity tour with a strut. A more
confident look at me approach to live performances. I think that these boys are all grown
But they didn't bust any of those highly
choreographed, Michael Jackson-like moves until the second song, ``Bye Bye Bye."
This may not sound like a big deal, but in
the world of bubble gum and boy bands, it constitutes a major development in the move up
the food chain of rock.
No, 'N Sync is not yet challenging U2 for
greatest rock band title, but the group is learning how to flex some musical muscle and
still give the fans - mostly hysterical teen-age girls - what they want.
During the hour and a half show, 'N Sync,
backed by an eight-piece live band, delivered the requisite hits such as ``It's Gonna Be
Me," ``God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" and ``Tearin' Up My
Heart." The young men, who range in age from 21 (Timberlake) to 30 (Kirkpatrick), did
enough of their fancy, highly aerobic dancing to satisfy the arena's thousands of
After frisky renditions of
``Celebrity" and ``Up Against the Wall," the boys left the stage to change
costumes. In their absence, a giant catwalk descended from the rafters.
The singers, wearing black suits with
white ties, reappeared and climbed aboard the walkway. As they made their way to the
flying stage, elevated over the mix board at the rear of the arena, they sang the Beatles'
``She Loves You."
Once situated on their perch, 'N Sync
launched into a full-on Beatles tribute consisting of ``I Wanna Hold Your Hand,"
``Hey Jude" (capped with erupting confetti cannons) and ``Twist and Shout."
Taking the cover segment one step further,
Chasez took on lead vocal for Christopher Cross' ``Sailing." This mellow chestnut,
which the band recorded on its eponymous 1998 debut, has been spiffed up with a lively new
arrangement that incorporates sparky electronica and traces of trip-hop.
With four costume changes - mostly
variations on jeans and T-shirts - and more indoor pyrotechnics than an arsonist's
convention, the Celebrity 2002 tour has its share of dazzle.
But the real success comes from 'N Sync's realization that
the best, most entertaining special effect of all is enthusiastically performed music the
crowd wants to hear.
Questions & Answers
Was Britney there?
It was called the 'N Sync Celebrity 2002 tour.
What do you think?