'Are you tired yet, Philly?" Justin Timberlake asked, checking in with the crowd 21/2 hours into his three-hour set Wells Fargo Center Sunday night. Tired? There was no room for tired with the 360-degree laser light show that danced from song to song. Or the video projections that flipped back and forth between live shots and filmed pieces that interacted with what was happening on stage. Fancy audiovisuals aside, it was Timberlake's performance that kept the audience not just alert, but hypnotized and hooked throughout a 30-song spectacle that ended just before midnight.
After a summer of co-headlining concerts with Jay Z, Timberlake's return to Philadelphia proved he didn't need to share the bill with another superstar. The "20/20 Experience Tour" showcased JT's own versatility. He sings with a crisp tenor that floats into falsetto without hesitation, particularly impressive on early hits like "Cry Me a River" and "Like I Love You." We forget that Timberlake ever sang with a nagging nasality as a member of 'N Sync.