Monday, May 27, 2024

EXCLUSIVE Justin Bieber Tour, with Mostly Unsold Seats in Closed Arenas, Will Likely Move Again, to Next Year


I hate to say I told you so, but I did. Several times.

Justin Bieber’s 2021 tour, which was the postponed 2020 tour, is likely moving to 2022.

Two months from today, Bieber has his second and third dates booked at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. But the SAP Center is closed with no plans to re-open anytime soon. Plus, Bieber’s shows are largely unsold. The Ticketmaster maps are seas of blue.

It’s the same everywhere else on Bieber’s tour schedule.

Sources say local promoters are just awaiting word from Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, and AEG Live.

Last year, Bieber’s 2020 tour was downsized and cancelled, first because of lack of sales. Then the pandemic provided a good excuse to put off the whole thing.

The rebooked tour’s non sales can be attributed to uncertainty about the pandemic, how venues can operate at reduced seating, COVID regulations and so on. Bieber, meantime, will have lots of material when he gets back on stage. He’s released two whole albums, an EP, had several guest appearances other artists’ records. The records’ sales are in decline — “Justice” is down considerably from last year’s “Changes” — but some fans will show up, undoubtedly.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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