Bieber in a Glass Cage of Emotion
The dramatic opening to the Purpose show involves a transparent cage which ascends from beneath the stage. Inside: Bieber making a solemn promise with the song “Mark My Words.” It’s one of several hydraulic feats throughout the show, another of which -- Bieber performing inside an LED structure -- is reminiscent of technology U2 put on display during its most recent Songs of Innocence.
Justin Bieber and Marilyn Manson Take Selfie in Los Angeles
A Fashionable Nod to Grunge
Bieber’s tour wardrobe is meant to give a “street grunge with a very vintage skater feel,” tour stylist Karla Welch recently told Billboard. It’s a look that works as Bieber’s ever-expanding T-shirt collection includes nods to Marilyn Manson (with the words: “Bigger Than Satan” and “Bieber” on the back), Metallica (worn during “Baby,” no less) and 2Pac, who first started his rap career mere miles from the Staples Center. Bonus: Bieber rocks a robe like nobody’s business, no doubt emulating what countless fans have done at home perhaps with a hairbrush as a would be microphone. Dare we say, it’s sexy?
Pep Talks with Purpose
It’s not often that a pop star takes time on stage to openly address such weighty issues as insecurity and authenticity, but Bieber does several times throughout the show. “I've been so broken … and so hurt in my life,” Bieber says during one such moment. During another, Bieber speaks of trying to “be real” but realizing that he inevitably will “slip up.” Ultimately, he adds, it's “truly about finding our purpose.”
Justin Bieber Asks a Fan Put His Hair in a Ponytail on Stage: Watch
Did Somebody Say Trampoline?
Proof that Justin Bieber is living out his wildest dreams: a boxing ring-like stage that descends from the top of the arena where the “floor” is essentially a trampoline. Bieber executed more that a couple good flips at the end of “Company,” which was a relief, since he’d hit his head on one of the stage fasteners earlier in the song.
Bieber brought out Big Sean for “No Pressure” and Chance the Rapper for “Confident” at Staples Center -- cameos that proved his cool cred, and, even in a town crawling with celebrities, made for an extra special show.
Bonus: Rain in L.A.
Much has been written about the penultimate finale to each Purpose show, during which it literally rains indoors. As crazy as it sounds, during "Sorry," the onstage baptism felt like an appropriate bookend to what's essentially a religious experience for countless devotees -- and on Palm Sunday, no less. Preach.