- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 15, 2001

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Storm clouds were no match for the thunderous explosions and never-ending screams produced at Monday night's 'N Sync concert at RFK Stadium.
For nearly two hours, the nation's top pop group — Lance Bass, J.C. Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake — slid, climbed, jumped, bull-rode and flew their way through 16 songs, including ones from their new album, "Celebrity," issued by Jive Records.
Everything was tight and bright, from the group's signature harmonies and choreography to the sea of midriff tops and hip-hugging bell-bottoms favored by the largely hysterical female audience.
The fivesome, dressed in sparkling muscle shirts and jeans, performed many of their crowd pleasers — "Pop," "Tearin' Up My Heart," "I Want You Back," "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" and "The Two of Us," — before disappearing behind a wall of smoke.
They re-emerged high above the main stage, dressed in wild Western denim chaps and vests, hanging onto wires that carried them across the arena to a center stage. By the time they finished "Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)," they had danced their way back to the main stage and were astride bucking mechanical bulls.
Mr. Timberlake and Mr. Chasez seemed to garner the most intense screams, but the audience clearly was insane for any of the 'N Sync guys. "Howdy," Mr. Kirkpatrick said as he removed his red vest within arms' reach of the fans. "You want this?" he teased to a volley of screams. "So do I," he laughed. "It's expensive, and I've got to use it again tomorrow."
The singers offered sweet moments with "This I Promise You" and a charming 1920s-style film style with their new song, "Gone."
They also were rambunctious, using scooters, giant bouncing balls and Silly String with "It's Gonna Be Me" and donning Velcro-backed jackets so they could "hang" themselves on huge fuzzy stereo speakers with "Up Against the Wall."
In "Celebrity," a dozen fans were invited onstage to cheer the group as they swanked in gold-and-silver suits. Tara Norvell, 19, of Gaithersburg — one of the lucky few to get onstage — said the experience was "equal to paradise."
The show even had a real marriage proposal. Longtime roadie Curtis Baker was introduced atop the center stage, where he got down on bended knee in front of his girlfriend. "I would like to ask Miss Allysia if she would marry me," he said, and as tens of thousands of girls waited breathlessly, she shyly answered, "Yes." After hugs all around, the group dedicated their next song, "Something Like You," to the couple.
The concert — part of the 43-city PopOdyssey Tour 2001 — ended with "The Game Is Over" and "Bye Bye Bye," after which the group climbed into wooden cages and vanished amid explosions of fire and light.

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