The cacophony began at the Justin Bieber concert Sunday at the two-minute countdown.
Approximately 7,000 tweens and teens expressed their piercing excitement to see the latest teen heartthrob at the Reno Events Center for his “My World” tour. Mommies and daddies even took their pre-schoolers to the sold-out concert.
They got to see the 16-year-old sensation and his signature coiffure — at least for one song. After he opened with “Love Me,” he sported a New York Yankees that only came off when he needed to quickly reposition his neo-pageboy cut — every few minutes.
They got to see his wardrobe changes that always included a heart printed on the sleeve of his T-shirt.
They got to see those choreographed moves that have made his videos so popular — his “Baby” video now is the Most Watched Music Video Ever.
And they got to hear him sing his limited repertoire with his coarse voice on a very modest stage set that included Christmas-like blow-up decorations of the New York skyline.
That was enough for Kathy Wojtkowiak and her 13-year-old daughter, Ryann.
“I loved it,” said the 47-year-old mother whose favorite music genre is country. “I was not a Bieber fan before but now I am. He’s a very good entertainer.”
Since it was YouTube videos that catapulted Bieber’s music career, it was only fitting that he fill part the extraneous time in his 75-minute show with a homemade video of his childhood in Ontario, Canada. There he was on the tricycle, ice skating, learning how to swim, banging on a drum set, playing the guitar and attempting to sing a Justin Timberlake song.
And the girls squealed throughout.
He brought his opening act, Sean Kingston, on the stage to sing “Eenie Meenie.” At least Kingston didn’t lip synch this time as he did during his 40-minute set.
After the cell phones and glow sticks lit the auditorium and the shrills crescendoed, Bieber returned to the stage for his encore song, “Baby.”
But it is the title of one of his other hits that I will continue to repeat, “One Time.”