- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Young girls ran shrieking into RFK Stadium on Monday night to hear 'N Sync, as rain poured down.
The fans tried to protect their carefully made signs proclaiming their love for certain band members as well as the group itself. In the end, the signs had to be left at the door. At least the rain cleared up.
The thousands of fans at the concert were the same ones who helped the group's newest album, "No Strings Attached," break sales records its first day on the shelves. A little bad weather wasn't going to stop them from seeing 'N Sync play.
Opening acts were Innosense, a five-girl group wearing bright colors, dancing pulsating steps and sounding much like the Spice Girls. They were followed by Pink, who sported her signature pink hair and sang to her "girls" about the troubles of dating.
Tension mounted as the main act was delayed. Members of the predominantly female crowd often leapt to their feet at any sign that the band might appear.
Finally, the lights dimmed, and the moment they had been waiting for arrived.
For the "No Strings Attached" tour, cables lowered the band to the stage like marionettes to the sound of screaming teens and exploding pyrotechnics.
The five member all-male band, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone Jr., J.C. Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake, entertained the crowd with a mix of old and new songs, energetic dance steps and a variety of costume changes.
Fans sang along to songs such as "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You," "I Want You Back," "Space Cowboy" and "Bye Bye Bye."
A video screen at the back of the stage played clips of the band, including one segment in which Mr. Bass was on the set of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." These were all designed to keep the audience from going into withdrawal as the band rested up and changed costumes.
To the crowd's screaming delight, at one point the band stepped onto a moving platform that ran down the middle of the field. Girls ran screaming to get a closer look at their favorite band members.
"It was so amazing," said Caitlin Barrie, 14, of Severna Park, Md., who came with a group of family and friends. Lauren Mitchell, 15, agreed. "It was intense," she said.
An informal poll listed Mr. Timberlake as the favorite band member, with hometown boy Mr. Chasez a distant second.
"It was great," said Ashley Presley, 11, of Baltimore, who listed "Bye Bye Bye" as her favorite song and Mr. Timberlake as her favorite band member.
Her mother, Darlene, especially liked when the band stepped onto the moving platform to get closer to the fans. Mrs. Presley acknowledged that she also had a favorite Mr. Timberlake.

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