Justin Bieber delivers in a pair of Chicago concerts


Megan Behnke

Justin Bieber lays down and sings in front of a group of screaming fans at Allstate Arena in Chicago on April 23. Bieber performed for two nights in the Windy City as part of his “Purpose Tour.” Bieber seemed to enjoy interacting with the audience throughout the entire show.

Megan Behnke, Staff Writer

Everything is dark. The arena is filled with thousands of people. All you can hear is screams. All of a sudden, lights go up, and Justin Bieber, 22-year-old music sensation, comes up from below the stage, standing in a clear cube, looking out over the audience.

He released his ninth album, “Purpose,” in November 2015, breaking records, and is currently on his first tour in three years, the Purpose World Tour.

I’m going to set the record straight: I love Justin. I’ve been a fan, or “Belieber,” since 2009, before his debut album, “My World,: came out. I saw him at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee in October 2012, part of his Believe Tour, and it was arguably the best concert I went to.

However, for his Purpose Tour, he made a two-night stop at the Allstate Arena in Chicago on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.  I went on the second night.

Going into the arena at around 6:25, there were lines already at the merchandise tables. Shirts were $35 and had tour dates, the “Purpose” album cover with the tracklist, a shirt with “Sorry” written on the back, there were Purpose Tour sweatpants for $100, lanyards and bracelets for $5, and “Purpose” hats for $10.

At exactly 7:30, the first opening act, Moxie Raia, came onstage. She was incredible. She sang about four to five songs. She knew just what to say when she would talk to the audience, even giving away two pit tickets. The beats of the songs were all different and fun.

The second opening act, was Post Malone. He kind of does hip-hop/rap. Singing a couple original songs but then singing more popular ones, getting the crowd hyped up for Justin.

Just after 8:45, Bieber finally came on, singing the first track from “Purpose,” “Mark My Words.” As the cube starts going up, he’s writing on it, singing, looking down at everyone in the sold out arena.
Singing a number of songs from his current and past albums Bieber entertained the audience with several costume changes, dancing, an acoustic set and interactions with the crowd.

Lastly, just as he leaves the stage, the crowd starts chanting his name and he comes back out for his encore to sing No. 1 hit “Sorry.” There is a wall of water on the stage and all around is soaked, with dancers splashing water into both pits, everyone is going crazy. The night ends at around 10:45 with the dancers and Bieber taking a bow, ending a successful second night in Chicago at the Allstate Arena for the 2016 Purpose World Tour.