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Justin Bieber fans greet star in Tacoma with shattering screams

Justin Bieber's sold-out show Tuesday at the Tacoma Dome was an unqualified success, especially for the hordes of screaming young female fans.

Special to The Seattle Times

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Concert Review |

If only we could meet the world's energy needs by harnessing the lung power of Justin Bieber fans.

Hordes of them, mostly female — affectionately called "Beliebers" — greeted the 18-year-old Canadian pop singer's arrival Tuesday night at the Tacoma Dome with waves of piercing screams that could have shattered glass.

The show started with a breathless, eight-minute countdown on a giant video screen. Then Bieber, dressed in white and sporting huge angel wings, descended on wires for the dance-powered opening song, "All Around the World." He was greeted by fireworks and a swarm of singers and dancers.

The high-energy, hip-hop-style concert — including multilevel stage (with an extension that jutted into the audience) and up to eight video screens — was packed with songs, from "Baby" to the more recent "Boyfriend" and "Beauty and a Beat."

For the romantic ballads "Be Alright" and "Fall," Bieber rose above the crowd in a cherry picker. The segment showcased his acoustic guitar playing. Plumes of steam shot from the stage for the energetic "Never Say Never." The recent hit "Beauty and a Beat" featured rigorous choreography.

Fans waved their arms for "One Less Lonely Girl," in which a blond, female fan was pulled from the audience to sit gleefully in a throne while Bieber cooed at her unabashedly. For "As Long As You Love Me," Bieber sang from the top of a raised platform resembling an Erector Set.

Though transitions to adulthood can often prove awkward, it's hard at the moment to bet against Bieber's future. The Tacoma show combined high-level showmanship, eye-popping visuals and infectious, though often lightweight, songs.

Bieber closed his set with "Believe," while playing a white grand piano. He returned for an explosive encore that featured "Boyfriend" and the wildly well received "Baby."

Effervescent opening act Carly Rae Jepsen sang "This Kiss," "Tiny Little Bows," "Good Time" and her irresistible hit, "Call Me Maybe" — all from her current album "Kiss."

With more bounce than a pound of Silly Putty, Jepsen was the perfect warm-up act (as well as duet partner on a tune in the middle of Bieber's set).

Gene Stout: gene@genestout.com

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