During the first night of his "O.M.G." tour stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, R&B crooner Usher got mistakenly kicked in the face by an overly-excited fan after bringing her on stage for some serenading. But last night's (Dec. 14) performance, while it came with a disclaimer, was a flawless production, free of mishaps and with superb vocals by Usher and precise dancing by him and his back-ups.
"Right about now, I'd like to invite one special lady to the stage. But before we start, you can't kick me in my face," Usher said with a smile on his face, referencing what happened the night before, before launching into "Trading Places." This time, the girl was a little more composed than the previous night's young lady, which added to the smooth turn-out the second time around.
After opening acts Miguel (whose vocals soared throughout the MSG venue) and Trey Songz, who had all the ladies in attendance panting in exhilaration, Usher kicked off his set on a floating platform that transported him in mid-air from the middle of room to the main stage. "Madison Square Garden, are you ready?" Usher asked the energized crowd before taking his jacket off and launching into a slew of his hits.
Video: Usher's OMG NYC tour stop
Backed by four female dancers and four male dancers, Usher performed tracks like "Yeah," "You Remind Me" and "U Don't Have To Call," before paying tribute to the late great Michael Jackson. "Not too long ago, I had the fortune to pay tribute to the greatest entertainer that ever lived," he said. "I love him so much I wanna do it again with you tonight."
A pair of black bedazzled sneakers slid to the middle of the stage on a moving portion of the floor - which the dancers used to their advantage later -- prompting Usher to ask, "New York, do I have permission to fill these shoes?" The room replied with a thunderous roar as Ursh glided to "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough."
Afterwards, Usher tapped into his sexy, ripping his tee shirt off and singing some of his more sexually-charged tracks, including "You Make Me Wanna," during which the dancers danced atop chairs and slithered on the moving belt, and "Nice and Slow." Usher then sang more of his recent smashes, like "Love In This Club," "Lil Freak" and "Hot Tottie," sans Jay-Z.
For "There Goes My Baby," the stage filled with smoke that covered the first few rows of the audience as Usher jumped back on the floating platform, asking his fans, "Would you mind if I come out there tonight?"
"Let It Burn," "Daddy's Home" and "Confessions" came next, the latter for which his protégé Justin Bieber made a swift surprise appearance and served as Usher's hype man.
Video: Usher and Justin Bieber
Usher closed his set with "My Boo," "I Need a Girl," "Lovers and Friends," "Caught Up," for which radio personality Fat Man Scoop made a cameo, "DJ Got us Falling In Love" and the most appropriate closer, "OMG."
Video: OMG tour closing