Fans Crowd Beach For Free 'N Sync Concert
Some 150,000 'N Sync fans shrieked and cheered last night as the popular boy band performed such hits as "Pop," "Bye Bye Bye," and "Tearin' Up My Heart" at a free Veterans Day concert on South Beach iSome 150,000 'N Sync fans shrieked and cheered last night as the popular boy band performed such hits as "Pop," "Bye Bye Bye," and "Tearin' Up My Heart" at a free Veterans Day concert on South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Organizers said the sale of VIP tickets and concessions at the show would benefit families of Sept. 11 victims and local workers who recently lost their jobs. But band members said they also wanted to help their fans have fun.
"If our music helps us forget about the sad times I think it makes the hard work we do worth it," said group member Justin Timberlake. "We're all the same, we're all humans. I think it's the bigger picture -- it's not about us, it's about 'us.'"
The predominantly young, female crowd pushed toward the stage when the five group members appeared wearing Red Cross T-shirts. "I think that I love them," said 8-year-old Jaya Supan.
Once the gates opened, "it was just a constant flow of kids running into the area," said Nannette Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the City of Miami Beach.
Police said fans were not allowed to camp out all night for the event, but that didn't stop six young women who traveled from Orlando and Indiana. They were rewarded with six front-row seats. "We're freaking out," said Dana Ducote, an 18-year-old student at Valencia Community College in Orlando.
More than 200 off-duty law enforcement officers and about 150 volunteers wearing gold-colored T-shirts were posted in the area. A chain-link fence ran along the street for 10 blocks.
The show also included performances by Tito Puente Jr., Deborah Cox, MPress, Dante Thomas, and Willa Ford.
Cox said she thought the performance would help with the healing process. "September 11th will have a lot of repercussions. There will be a rethinking of the kinds of music and lyrics put out to the public," Cox said.
Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.