Justin Timberlake Stakes His Claim as Pop's Top Dog

Justin Timberlake Toyota Center December 1, 2014

Ten years ago, Justin Timberlake played a show in Houston that shocked the world. It was the halftime show for Super Bowl 38 headlined by JT's longtime friend Janet Jackson. He popped in at the end to sing "Rock Your Body," and that's when her breast popped out. And thus, we will never forget the line "I'm gonna have you naked by the end of this song."

Timberlake's concert Monday night at Toyota Center was nowhere near that controversial, but it was a grand spectacle of lights, dancing and music. A super-show, if you will. With a massive stage that included a video board that extended from one side of the arena to the other, Justin and his band the Tennessee Kids provided one of the most spectacular sets I've ever seen in Houston.

With the band elevating onto the stage, Justin appeared in the center of the platform lit by a single spotlight above. He was dressed in a black suit (no tie) and white sneakers, and opened with "Pusher Love Girl." The screams in the arena were piercing; I definitely picked the wrong show to forget my ear plugs.

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When he's not roaming around the city in search of tacos and graffiti, Houston Press contributor Marco both writes and points his camera lens toward the vibrant Houston music scene and beyond.