A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending two concerts on back-to-back nights. Somehow, the stars aligned that way and they were both held at the same arena in town. (Which makes me wonder what the turnaround time was like for the crew, but that is neither here nor there.) Night One: Justin Bieber. Night Two: Bruce Springsteen.
Night one occurred thanks to some surprise tickets from my sister to celebrate my 26th birthday! Yes, I said 26 – at a Bieber concert. I had been wanting to go to that show since the tickets went on sale months prior, but it was almost impossible to procure them during the on sale. I was a bit sad, because I had really wanted to go and have a dance party. (No matter who you are, you have to admit that the newer Bieber album “Purpose” is full to the brim with some good dance songs.) And then, my sister came through with the win at the last second. They released some tickets the week of the show, and I found myself with two in hand (and a sister to go with me, since most people laughed at the thought). Night two, of course, was a family outing to the music we were raised on. The Man, The Myth, The Legend. The Boss. (And The E Street Band, of course.)
Every time that I tell people I attended both shows, they look at me incredulously, like: HOW THE HECK CAN SOMEONE WHO LISTENS TO ONE LIKE THE OTHER??
It’s simple: They both entertain me.
However, don’t get it twisted. Though both are entertaining to me, they are completely incomparable. So, of course, I am going to use this space to compare them. Then YOU can decide for yourself which is better. Because I know you haven’t determined that already. And I know you aren’t judging me.
Biebs: His set lasted 1 1/2 hours. (Or 90 minutes.)
Bruce: His set lasted 3 1/2 hours. (Or 210 minutes.)
Biebs: His ticket cost $116. That’s $77.33 an hour to witness his talents.
Bruce: His ticket cost $167. That’s $47.71 an hour to witness his talents.
Biebs: Canceled all meet and greets…for multiple-yet conflicting-reasons.
Bruce: Crowd surfed. Really. Full-on, trust-fall, CROWD SURFED. I can’t even imagine myself doing that, let alone a rock legend. He also brought a young girl who was celebrating her 8th birthday on stage. When she asked him if her mom could join them on stage, he brought her mom up. And he shared his mic with them. I mean, AWESOME.
Biebs: Slipped and fell. Pretty hard. The video can be found HERE. (Worth taking a gander.)
Bruce: NOT ONE SLIP UP. The man is unstoppable.
Biebs: Was lip-syncing. It was evident throughout the show – except for an acoustic song or two – but was made even MORE evident during the slip-and-fall…dude did NOT miss a beat!
Bruce: He and The E Street Band are TRULY live performers. So much so, that I heard a couple of lyric slip ups. And that is OK, because it made me feel smart for a second that I KNEW. (He was also out of breath at times. But he made the songs his own and it was raw and the way live music is supposed to be!)
Biebs: Dance music to end all dance music. I have to break it to him: He knows how to choose the music he records! I WILL say that I was moving MUCH more than the Biebs. He seemed a little out of it and slow. His backup dancers were DEFINITELY doing all the work. As for me? The minute he stepped on stage, my sweater came off and I didn’t stop movin’-and-groovin’ until the lights came back on!
Bruce: HE did not stop movin’-and-groovin’ over the span of 3 1/2 hours. Neither did my mom.
Biebs: 22 years old. He has absolutely no excuse to be partaking in so little choreography and not singing his own music. END. OF. STORY.
Bruce: 66 years old. That’s 3x the age of the Biebs. Fully committed to the entire show.
Biebs: 7 years in the industry. When I looked this up, it thoroughly surprised me because MY HOW THE TIME HAS FLOWN. But that is nothing, because…
Bruce: 43 years in the biz. Sensationalism? NAH. True, raw talent. SOLID ROCK STAR.
So, the next time you ever find yourself pondering things like the meaning of life, whatever happened to your 5th grade boyfriend, or why the sky is blue, remember this:
Erin P.S. Zimmerman is Owner/Social Media Genie at Elephant Social, as well as Co-Owner/Photographer at DoubleTake Productions. She previously was B&B Theatre Company’s Multimedia Designer and Marketing Manager, and has also been serving as Secretary and Marketing Manager to Kansas City’s Women in Film and Television. She made Classy Career Girl’s Top 20 Classy Career Girls of 2015, has garnered several more accolades in 2016, and is looking forward to helping even MORE entrepreneurs grow their businesses through social media and launching her highly anticipated first social media course and ebook in 2016. She currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.