Jay Z and Justin Timberlake: Legends of the Summer Tour
Tues., Aug. 13, Citizens Bank Park citizensbank.com
Overall vibe: Hot fun in the summertime. Despite what must have been 90-percent humidity, the Park was packed, and Justin and Jay kept the temperature up with their high-octane sets. The youthful crowd seemed a little dazed by the sticky weather (or the $9 Bud Lights on sale), prompting some consternation from the guys onstage who asked the crowd to get “turnt up.”
Most memorable moment: For me, personally? It was Channing Tatum’s cute, built, South Philly cousin in the camo shorts who lip-synched an impassioned version of “Cry Me a River” (Section EE, yup, I mean you). For the crowd, it could have been that song, an extended rocking version of Timberlake’s “Pusher Love Girl” and, surprisingly, for what would seem to be a partisan crowd, Jay’s “Empire State of Mind.” At first, it looked like multi-talent JT was dominating the show, playing keys and guitar, but Jay came roaring back in the second half with old school gems like “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “99 Problems.” If you weren’t there to see it, I feel bad for you, son.
Scene stealer: The horn and rhythm sections, who held down an impressive acoustics considering the venue, danced while Jay was on, played while JT was on and provided the funky coda to several songs. They were a show unto themselves. Questlove was in the house, along with Houston Rockets player James Harden and Meek Mill.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?