Review: The Boston 20/20 Experience

By: Candice Noak Email
By: Candice Noak Email

I know my blogs took the summer off with the rest of the Ag's, but just like all of them who are headed back to town this weekend, so are my weekly entertainment reviews!!

And in all honesty, I think I have a pretty good Fall 2013 premier blog, if I do say so myself. It may get a little longer than my normal blogs, but I promise it is completely worth it.

Last weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to fly to Boston with my best friend and her family as a graduation gift to us both. Boston seems like a random city to go to for a weekend, I know, but not when the one and only love of our lives is involved: THE Justin Timberlake.

I can't even describe my emotions and excitement when I initially found out that the concert tickets to part one of his tour, promoting part one of his first album in six years, (SIX YEARS, Justin?!?! Truly it was worth it, but still) were a graduation gift to me as well. Seeing him in concert is something I've always dreamed of since I was 8 and fell in love with his frosted blonde curls and sparkly pants when NSYNC was all the rage. Still adore that look, by the way. Along with all his looks.

Now I'm rambling. Back to the concert. His tour comes with a bonus, as it isn't just a solo act for Justin. He's blowing away cities across the country with Jay-Z on their Legends of the Summer Tour. I've grown up on every and all genre of music, including Jay-Z's, so getting to see him was an amazing addition. Add in the fact that the Boston leg of the tour was at Fenway Park, the fact that I'm also a huge baseball fan AND our tickets were on the field, and cloud nine is an absolute understatement.

In the days and even down to the hours leading up to the concert, we were trying to make our predictions on what we thought the opening song would be and how the whole concert was going to go. I'm so beyond happy to say that we were completely wrong in every prediction we made in the best possible ways.

To both of our surprise, the whole concert was a collaboration between Justin and Jay-Z, who both helped each other out with singles on their new solo projects. Each of those singles (Holy Grail - Jay-Z, Suit and Tie, JT) opened and closed the whole show, respectively. We had it in our heads they would each do their acts on their own, only helping out on the songs they had actually recorded together. We also thought they would each only do songs from their new projects.

We were wrong. So wrong. And it was amazing. Justin played every single he has ever had, from Like I Love You off of his 2002 first solo project Justified, to his newest single from 20/20, Tunnel Vision. With each song, old and new, I thought I was close to losing my mind. I'm not ashamed to say I was that girl up on my chair, singing at the top of my lungs and dancing like a fool, with too many emotions to care what I looked like. Jay-Z did the same as far as a mix of the old and the new, which also brought back its share of memories for me, but they were nothing compared to the affect of JT.

Even with all the memories and emotions being stirred, the most moving moment that truly gave me goosebumps was the final finale of the concert, when JT and Jay-Z paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with an a cappella cover of Forever Young. The entirety of Fenway Park lit up the stadium with nothing but the lights of thousands of cell phones. It was beautiful and touching to say the least.

Ok, I've been long winded enough now. But when you've waited 15 years of your life to see your favorite artist, I think that's ok right?

As a side note, if you ever get the chance to go to Boston, do it. Its a mind blowing, gorgeous city.

Next week will get back to my local coverage, and with concert season heating up, stay tuned for some good ones. Until then, welcome back Ag's!!


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