Sunday, June 30, 2013 | 6:09 p.m.
Justin Bieber, Canadian singer-songwriter and musician and the world’s top teen heartthrob, returned for a stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena with his “Believe” World Tour on Friday night.
It was the 19-year-old’s third visit to MGM Grand and second this year. Justin, who has 40 million Twitter followers, 3 percent of all Twitter traffic, won the first Milestone Award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand in May.
The last time the “Believe” tour stopped at MGM Grand (in September), mentor and friend Usher joined Justin onstage to perform “Somebody to Love.” Usher discovered the Biebs in 2008. This time, his guests were Hot Chelle Rae (our Q+A with lead guitarist and backing vocalist Nash Overstreet was posted Friday) and Mike Posner, and it was 10 p.m. before he went onstage in a show that started at 7.
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was at MGM Grand for Justin’s show; our thanks for today’s photo gallery, which includes, ahem, Belieber and MGM Grand comedy headliner Brad Garrett. Before moving on for the concert Sunday in Denver, Justin stayed to watch Cirque du Soleil’s world premiere of “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay on Saturday night.
Justin regularly makes headlines for his antics with the 24/7 paparazzi who stalk him, and even here in Las Vegas for his newest reported romance after ending a two-year relationship with singer-actress Selena Gomez. He has been linked with Las Vegas cocktail model-server Jordan Ozuna.
He was with Jordan at Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving, and, after his visit, E! Entertainment reported that he’d been banned from there for life because of a failure to send out Twitter and Facebook photos and messages in lieu of paying the bill.
The “Believe” setlist: “All Around the World,” “Take You,” “Catching Feelings,” medley of “One Time”/“Eenie Meenie”/“Somebody to Love,” “Love Me Like You Do,” “She Don’t Like the Lights,” “Beautiful,” “Die in Your Arms,” “Out of Town Girl,” “Be Alright,” “Fall,” “Never Say Never,” “Beauty and a Beat,” “One Less Lonely Girl,” “As Long As You Love Me” and “Believe.” Encore: “Boyfriend” and “Baby.”
Justin’s “Believe” tour, which began with him ill onstage in Phoenix, will play more than 150 venues before ending Dec. 8. He says that his favorite part of the show is in the introduction, when he floats down on wings above the stage and hovers above the audience for 30 seconds: “It’s the most memorable moment of any tour,” he said.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
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