TORONTO — In perhaps his most memorable cameo since donning a furry dolphin suit at a Flaming Lips performance, Justin Timberlake joined Mick Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones onstage during the veteran rock band’s set at the concert for Toronto on Wednesday night.(Click for photos from the show.)
The afternoon kicked off on a low point for Timberlake when a concertgoer’s
sign questioning the singer’s sexuality made it to the jumbotrons for about 15
seconds. Timberlake took to the stage with an obvious awareness of audience
cynicism, beginning his set with a small attempt to mitigate the crowd’s
frustration: “This will be over before you know it.”
During his mini-set of “Cry Me a River,” “Senorita” and “Rock Your Body,” Justin gracefully dodged water bottles flung by anti-pop audience members, and winced slightly at their less than playful jeers. After quietly thanking the city of Toronto for
generally being welcoming to him and his tour crew, Timberlake left the
stage to make way for more crowd-pleasing acts including the Guess Who,
Rush, AC/DC and headliners the Rolling Stones.
Justin got his sweet revenge, though, when Jagger invited him onstage
for what appeared to be an unrehearsed performance of “Miss You,” in which
Timberlake mimicked Jagger’s signature sways and echoed his vocals. In a
clearly forced but effective fusion of classic rock and bubblegum
pop, Jagger even sang the words “cry me a river” for several repetitions
with Timberlake. And though the audience still managed to sling a few
bottles Timberlake’s way, guitarist Keith Richards exhibited remarkable
tenacity, as he angrily motioned to the crowd to show the pop star a little
Timberlake hugged Jagger and thanked each Rolling Stone by his
first name, then humbly (or perhaps strategically) made a quick exit.
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