A short list of the loudest things in existence:
1. Nuclear explosion
2. 100,000 teenage Beliebers seeing their idol on stage
3. A space shuttle launching off into the stratosphere while Rammstein thrashes inside.
The point is, concerts are loud as shit (the security guards aren’t wearing ear-plugs for the fashion statement), yet Justin Bieber got so annoyed with his Manchester fans screaming that he walked off stage.
“I appreciate all the support, I appreciate love, I appreciate the kind things,” he told the crowd. “But the screaming in these breaks has got to stop. Please and thank you. I don’t think it’s necessary when I’m trying to say something and you guys are screaming.”
When the fans didn’t pipe down, he turned around, dropped his mic and walked off stage.
— b (@heIlobecky) October 23, 2016
JUSTIN STORMED OFF STAGE pic.twitter.com/qt3qX47sEo
— b\ (@bethany_kreasex) October 23, 2016
He came back onstage a few minutes later to explain.
“I’m not quite sure why you guys came tonight,” he said. “I hope it was to enjoy my company as well as for me to enjoy your company. I want to connect with you. My point of the no screaming thing is so that when I’m looking at you in the eyes is so that you know we’re having a moment, that we’re having a connection. I’m not trying to be an asshole, it simply me wanting to have a moment.”
“Manchester, you guys are awesome. I’m just gonna quit the talking, I’m just not gonna talk for the rest of the night, I’m just gonna do the music, ’cause obviously Manchester just can’t handle it. So let’s do the music.”
— b (@heIlobecky) October 24, 2016
At the end of the show, Bieber explained why he was so pissed off. Communication is key, I guess?
“The reason I was getting upset earlier was because I travelled across the whole world to come here and I dedicate my life to performing and bring smiles to people’s faces,” he said. “I feel that people were just not giving me the respect back and it hurts a little bit, so that’s why. I thought I could have a moment to say something, but if you guys want, I can cut the bullshit!”
There’s basically two ways to interpret this: one, that Bieber is displaying all the whiny-boy little antics that have made him one of music’s greatest villains, or two, that he’s a star under extreme pressure. Either way – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – he recovered pretty well from a temper tantrum, no?
According to TMZ‘s ‘JB Insider’, Bieber is planning to “train” his fans to STFU when he sings and talks onstage, i.e. by walking off when they won’t, and hoping they’ll learn quickly learn when it’s appropriate to yell and when it’s not.
Fans are having mixed reactions on Twitter to the Manchester gig.
people have waited years to see Justin live, they’re going to scream from excitement, him walking off probably ruined it for a lot of people
— chloe (@cjr_chloe) October 24, 2016
Justin Bieber’s 2017 tour dates!!!!! pic.twitter.com/s27fyThg77
— amy (@amswhite_) October 24, 2016
When the crowd started screaming and booing at Justin’s concert tonight pic.twitter.com/cfUCedgiRF
— Vivian (@ItsDatBelieber) October 23, 2016
Trust it to be in Manchester where Justin Bieber leaves the stage
— Chris Holt (@Chriztefur) October 23, 2016
Bieber fans in Manchester tonight “Booing” Justin Bieber. I mean, he told you all to be quiet, so he could talk? Give the guy a break
— lordlundergan?? (@JoeLundergan) October 24, 2016
Justin and his Beliebers have had a rocky couple of months (remember the Instagram / Beliebers vs fans fandango?) but it kinda looks like they’re forgiving him. Kinda.
Photo: Getty / Kevin Winter.