So I had a pretty amazing dream on Sunday July 28 2013 … it involved a 13 hour flight to LA, a fancy Hollywood hotel, amazing pre-drinks and a ride in a limo that dropped us at some random stadium those crazy Californian’s affectionately call the Rose Bowl in Pasadena … Oh it also included some dudes named Justin Timberlake & Jay Z … plus 60,000 excitable music fans.
This dream was the ‘Legends of The Summer Tour 2013’
After sitting in notoriously bad LA traffic for almost 2 hours things only had to get better for it to be a dream not a nightmare! With roadies in hand we sprinted towards the MASSIVE Rose Bowl Stadium, which normally houses Gridiron matches and U2 concerts but on this particular night some crazy Australians were in Pasadena for two reasons and two reasons only … the smokin’ multi-talented JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and rap superstar legend JAY Z.
After the traumatic collection of the tickets it crossed our mind on our first inspection “section A3 row 12 sounds pretty alright” but we had more important things to dream about … like getting inside and not missing a millisecond of this show! With our golden tickets in hand we made our way into the ROSE ‘UNKNOWN’ BOWL
In the dream state the unknown became closer…
and closer …
and closer …
Running through thousands of ecstatic bud light drinking Californians towards probably the biggest and Grade A stage I’ve ever imagined in my life we took our seats merely METRES away from two music legends!
Kicking off a ridiculously mental 3 hour set with ‘HOLY GRAIL’ and seeing JT and Jay Z’s actual facial expressions NOT via a screen it all suddenly hit … I had to pinch myself …. this Ain’t a dream … this is for REALZ and it is f*cking amazing!!!
JT and Jay Z shared an enormous stage enormous tracks and an enormous band … imagine going from JT on the electric guitar with Jay Z rapping ’99 Problems’ to JT groovin away to Senorita and having the ladies swwwwoooooning to a Jackson Five Cover of ‘I Want You Back’ a special appearance by JT’s right hand man Timberland for ‘Sexy Back’, ‘Empire State of Mind’ featuring JT’s crooner-like intro and outro of Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York New York’. Ending the set with ‘Suit and Tie’ both decked out in suits and ties of course and each clutching a glass of bubbles each (surely Cristal … it’s Jay Z we’re talking about here) these new pals had the Rose Bowl and 60,000 music fans in the palm of their hands. so many collabs and individual sections that JT and Jay Z owned respectively there is nothing to fault about this set list or the way the show flowed … pure perfection … these guys are 100% pro’s.
I could have stayed there all night … no such thing as getting tired in dreams!
There are not many shows that have you on such a high for days afterwards.
Whoever gave this tour it’s title ‘LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER’ hit the nail on the head in more ways than one – there are not many shows where you actually feel truly privileged to have seen it with your own eyes. These two in action together and the musical comradery was a once in a lifetime experience that I can say ‘yeah I was there’ not ‘yeah I wish I was there … as cliché as it sounds … dreams do come true and this dream that became a reality was pretty damn unbelievable.
Still pinching myself …If only I could be taken back to that night…
Oh well… for the time being I guess i’ll just relive it by watching this a million times over… *swoon*