Yep, it's true. Bieber fever has hit the Swarthout house!
Both Riley and Bella are big fans of the teen sensation so we had to get them tickets to go see him in concert at the Mid State Fair. It was the first concert that either of them had been to. I was excited to see what their reaction would be, especially since I knew the audience would mostly be made up of screaming teenage girls. We invited the Climers; Jenn, Lucas and Christopher to go along with us and got seats in the grandstand area.
All 4 of the kid were pretty wide-eyed when we walked into the arena and they saw all the people. There were girls everywhere with Justin Bieber shirts and other accessories. It was pretty cute. After getting some icecream, we took our seats. I was so happy that our seats were in the grandstand and not on the floor. I knew it would be impossible for the kids to see over the people in front of them if we sat on the floor.
Two bands sang a few songs each to warm up the crowd and then Sean Kingston came out. The kids know a few of his songs. They got excited when he played songs they knew. Bella was actually standing on her seat, waving her arms, jumping up and down and singing. It was so cute. The people around her were laughing at how such a little thing could get so into the music.
After Sean Kingston, there was a break before the big JB came on. They actually had a countdown on the screen. When the time got close, the crowd started going wild!! I mean, WILD! I have never heard something as loud as that audience when he came on stage!! Bella joined in with the crowd chanting, "Justin, Justin, Justin". Riley, Lucas and Christopher just looked like they were in a daze, not really sure what to think of it all.
Unfortunately, JB's first few songs were songs that we didn't recognize. I think the kids lost a bit of their enthusiasm at that point. Riley started to really become affected by the screaming so we put earplugs in him. Bella was still dancing to songs she knew but I could tell she was fading fast. Needless to say, both of my kids fell asleep toward the end of the concert, though how they could sleep with all the screaming I will never know. We left before the concert was over.
All in all, I think the kids, especially Bella, had a really good time. Here are some pics and videos so you can see for yourself. I took these with my cell phone so please forgive the poor quality!