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«Life is too fast, but God is good.»
There is more than can be said of the choreographed dances. Bieber performs the choreography with the enthusiasm of a person who can’t wait to go home and watch the latest episode of a reality series on Netflix.
Already on song number four – “Holy” – luckily it starts to pick up. Here there is falsetto with associated cheers from the audience, and we get the first of several small moments that save the concert: the ones where Bieber is apparently enjoying himself.
It most often happens during the ballads and songs where he doesn’t have to move too much – and rarely during the more energetic pop songs.
Under «Yummy» the sunglasses come off. Then it is simply difficult to assess whether Bieber is bored out of his mind, or whether he is viber so hard that he forgets to focus his gaze.
But it is not completely dark. When the acoustic guitar is rolled out for “Swap It Out”, Bieber is in his element. And when he brings his pal Sam Tompkins on stage to sing “Love Yourself,” the vibe is so good that it doesn’t even spoil the fact that a couple is apparently in the middle of breaking up next to me.
It continues in the same vein as “Off My Face”, but as soon as the dancers come out and “Confident” kicks in, it seems like Bieber starts to wonder if he’s remembered to turn off the coffee maker.
When he enters the stage to sing “Sorry”, it looks like he steels himself. During the first chorus, he simply gives up the choreography. After the song, he apparently sighs in despair. Later, when he dutifully starts “Baby”, he doesn’t seem to share the audience’s nostalgia.
Then the time has come to take a brave stand.
The world is a place with a lot of division, Bieber can tell. But fortunately God is good. There is a lot of god on the whole.
– Racism is evil. It’s wrong, he declares to cheers and applause, before launching into “As I Am”.
So follows a bizarre session where Bieber freestyles a kind of sermon while sitting with his eyes closed and strumming a white grand piano.
It’s hard to follow the common thread, but the overarching theme seems to be prayer, gratitude – and God, of course. Here he simply loses the audience, who admittedly start following along again as they draw attention to “Peaches” and “Anyone”.
It caused a stir when Justin Bieber appeared on Gott Brød in the center of Trondheim on Saturday afternoon. On stage, unfortunately, he serves mostly dry kneip. Fortunately, the Beliebers eat what they are served.