A look at Justin Bieber's Iowa shows through the years
Pop megastar Justin Bieber makes his return to Des Moines on June 22, the performer’s third scheduled performance in Iowa’s capital city in six years.
The now 22-year-old Bieber is years removed from the swoopy-haired teenager who first took the Wells Fargo Arena stage in 2010, singing songs off debut release “My World.” He’s spent the years since his first tour topping pop charts with songs such as “Sorry” and “Boyfriend” as well as making off-the-stage headlines, like getting in a fist fight outside of his Cleveland show earlier this month.
Want to see how Bieber’s changed since his first Iowa visit? Here’s a look at his Des Moines performances through the years.
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Tour: The “My World” tour, supporting Bieber’s debut release of the same name. The singer’s debut arena tour ran for longer than year, including more than 100 dates acround the world. The show stopped at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on June 30, 2010.
About the show: According to an archived Register review of the performance, the then 16-year-old Bieber’s voice was “impressive throughout his set” and he “professed his romantic love in nearly every song.” He performed breakthrough singles such as “Somebody to Love” and “Baby.” Around 10,000 people attended the show, according to the Iowa Events Center.
Bieber's music: By his Des Moines visit in 2010, Bieber had unleashed his aforementioned debut EP, “My World,” and the re-dux LP version, “My World 2.0.” The record featured more hit singles such as “U Smile” and “Never Let You Go.” Rolling Stone gave the record a 3 out of 5 star rating, saying “those who dismiss Bieber out of hand are missing out on a seriously good pop record.” The YouTube upload of Bieber’s single “Baby” has nearly 1.4 billion views to this day.
Tour: Titled the “Believe” tour, the 150-plus run of dates spanned multiple continents in 2012 and 2013. His second run of arena shows around the world came in conjunction with Bieber’s summer 2012 studio release, “Believe.”
About the show: Transitioning from the teen heartthrob who rose to fame and the polarizing pop star seen today, Bieber’s 2013 Des Moines performance came with a bit of controversy. It was then reported that Bieber was scheduled to take the stage at 9:30 p.m., but the singer didn’t start performing until after 10 p.m., leaving some fans (and parents of young fans) not too happy with the experience. Bieber performed until after 11:30 p.m. to more than 13,000 fans, the Register reported.
Bieber’s music: “Believe” featured singles such as “Boyfriend,” “Right Here,” which features Drake and “As Long As You Love Me,” which features Big Sean. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 sales chart.
Tour: Following the theme of naming tours after major studio releases, Bieber is in the midst of the “Purpose” world tour, the Canadian singer’s third arena-sized run across North America and beyond. The tour kicked off last March in Seattle and is set to run until November. Bieber is scheduled to appear in Lincoln, Neb., the day before his stop in Des Moines and heads to Cincinnati after the scheduled Iowa show.
About the show: Bieber, who took to the downtown arena stage for the third time in six years, performed track after track for the 14,000 anxious, energetic and sometimes frantic audience members. New tracks (off Bieber’s 2015 LP “Purpose”) such as “I’ll Show You,” “Company” and “Children” made the setlist, as did old favorites the likes of “Boyfriend” and the infamous number “Baby.”
Bieber’s music: “Purpose,” the latest studio album from Bieber, released in November 2015, shows "growth" from the artist, Billboard said in its review. Giving the record a 4 out of 5 star review, Billboard said the record holds the ability to turn skeptics into "born again Beliebers." “Give him a boring old piano or electric guitar, and he’ll overplay his renewed spirituality,” the review said. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales charts and multiple songs on the record have reached over 500 million plays on Spotify.
If you go:
When: Wednesday, June 22.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St.
More information: iowaeventscenter.com.