March 22, 2007

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Meet Mr. Sexyback
What goes around comes to Manchester
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Justin Timberlake will bring sexy back to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Monday, March 26 — his first visit to Manchester

Manchester is the halfway point for Timberlake’s almost 50-show FutureSex/ LoveSound tour.

Opening for Justin Timberlake is Pink, who recently released a new album, I’m Not Dead.

It’ll also be one of the only shows that hasn’t sold out on tickets. Timberlake — a onetime Mickey Mouse Club member, onetime ‘N Sync member and sometime actor, most recently in Black Snake Moan — faces a challenging New Hampshire demographic.

“If I got a free ticket, I would go see the show. But I wouldn’t pay $80. Sure, I think he’s proven himself as a solid performer, not quite the ‘New King of Pop.’ Honestly, I’m just not ready to give up on MJ [Michael Jackson] yet. But I would pay the 80 bucks in a heartbeat to see MJ perform,” said George Laliotis, 26, of Concord.

“I would love to see Justin Timberlake, but I just can’t afford it now. But I do have a few friends going, all girls. I do think that his new album is really good and would be awesome in concert,” said Drake Giles, 26, an audio engineer for The Troupe/Modern Media Design & Production Company in Windham.

An unscientific survey of people who said they are buying tickets for Timberlake’s show suggests the audience will be heavy on young women aged 18 to 26.

Tickets for the show cost anywhere from $55 to general seats and $80 for tickets to the front tier. Some people actually paid more than $80 to have access to a VIP area, allowing them to dance in front of the stage.

Other people just said they’d rather save the money for groceries, but if it were someone like Journey or Toby Keith they’d sacrifice their weekly grocery budget to buy tickets.

“I didn’t even know he was coming to New Hampshire. I didn’t hear a thing about it and don’t even know where he will be appearing. I don’t think I would go anyways,” said Joe Shadow, 40, from southern New Hampshire.

Rock your body
Who: Justin Timberlake with Pink
When: Monday, March 26, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000
For more information: Go to Verizonwirelessarena.com for ticket sales. For more information on the Justin Timberlake tour, go to justintimberlake.com or myspace.com/justintimberlake.