Justin Timberlake returned to the UK stage in spectacular and intimate style tonight (July 13).
Bringing his international club tour to London Hammersmith Palais, future-pop’s boy wonder debuted five brand-new songs from forthcoming album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’.
Timberlake played ‘My Love’, ‘Until The End Of Time’, ‘Love Stoned’, ‘What Goes Around’ and new single ‘SexyBack’ for the lucky few fans who snapped up tickets for the comeback show within minutes.
Dressed in a white shirt and black waistcoat, the singer was joined onstage by super-producer Timbaland in a show that saw him play both piano and guitar alongside a full-scale live band.
Yet the show was not without controversy. For opening track ‘Cry Me A River’ – widely assumed to be written about ex-girlfriend Britney Spears – the former N Sync singer interspersed the chorus line from Carly Simon classic ‘You’re So Vain’: “I bet you think this song is about you.”
But that was not the night’s only tribute. Smash hit ‘Like I Love You’ ended with a jam of the riff to Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ while ‘SexyBack’ was led in with a verse of Eurythmics‘ ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’.
Justin Timberlake played:
‘Cry Me A River’
‘Like I Love You’
‘Until The End Of Time’
‘Take It From Here’
‘What Goes Around’
‘Rock Your Body’