Justin Timberlake And Jay-Z At The Rose Bowl Stadium
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By Lindsay Gabler
There are few artists who can fill stadiums with nearly 90,000 fans. But when mega-tours come around, it's almost required to attend just to witness history being made as the biggest acts in music put on an incredible spectacle. That was the case on July 28 with Justin Timberlake and Jay Z's Legends of the Summer tour stop at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. And these two multiple GRAMMY winners completely lived up to the title of their tour.
The last time I was at the Rose Bowl was exactly 12 years ago to see 'N Sync at the peak of their boy band hysteria. A couple of platinum albums, a handful of Top 10 songs and six GRAMMYs later, Timberlake has transformed into a bona fide solo superstar. No other artist could have complemented him onstage better than the self-proclaimed "greatest rapper alive," Jay-Z. Fans got a glimpse of Timberlake and Hova's onstage chemistry during their performance of "Suite & Tie" at the 55th GRAMMY Awards in February. The same chemistry was seen on Sunday night as the two were clearly having fun together onstage.
The show began with "Holy Grail," a cut off Jay-Z's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which features Timberlake. From the moment the first note was sung, the crowd stood for the rest of the night as the duo seamlessly transitioned from one song to the next. It was clear how many hits Timberlake and Jay Z have collectively accumulated as the set was full of smashes, including a mashup of Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" and Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)." We threw our hands in the air for "On To The Next One" and "99 Problems," danced to "My Love" and "Take Back The Night," and sang our hearts out to "Empire State Of Mind" and "Mirrors."
The show drew to a close with an encore that saw Timberlake and Jay-Z emerge from the middle of the stage to perform their No. 1 hit "Suit & Tie." Next, Jay-Z dedicated their final song of the night, "Young Forever," to the memory of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida resident who was shot and killed in February 2012.
As I looked around the stadium of lit cell phones and cigarette lighters, I felt an incredible connection with everyone in attendance. Brought together by music, we all witnessed a night and moment that would live on forever in our memories.
It was legend … wait for it … ary.
To catch the Legends of the Summer tour in a city near you, click here for tour dates.
"Holy Grail" (Jay-Z)
"Rock Your Body" (Timberlake)
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" (Jay-Z)
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" (Jay-Z)
"Excuse Me Miss" (Jay-Z)
"On To The Next One" (Jay-Z)
"Like I Love You" (Timberlake)
"My Love" (Timberlake)
"Big Pimpin'" (Jay-Z)
"Tunnel Vision" (Timberlake)
"Jigga What, Jigga Who" (Jay-Z)
"U Don't Know" (Jay-Z)
"99 Problems" (Jay-Z)
"Public Service Announcement" (Jay-Z)
"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" (Jay-Z)
"Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)" (Jay-Z)
"Pusher Love Girl" (Timberlake)
"LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" (Timberlake)
"Summer Love" (Timberlake)
"Until The End Of Time" (Timberlake)
"Cry Me A River" (Timberlake)
"Take Back The Night" (Timberlake)
"What Goes Around … Comes Around" (Timberlake)
"Dirt Off Your Shoulders" (Jay-Z)
"N***as In Paris" (Jay-Z)
"Tom Ford" (Jay-Z)
"Theme From New York, New York"/"Empire State Of Mind" (Jay-Z)
"Run This Town" (Jay-Z)
"Suit & Tie" (Timberlake)
"Young Forever" (Jay-Z)
(Lindsay Gabler is the Social Media Specialist for The Recording Academy. In 2012 Gabler ranked in Billboard's Twitter 140, a listing of the 140 must-follow Twitter accounts in the music industry. Follow her @lndsygblr.)