Usher: Two microphones and eight backup dancers/ Star Tribune photo by Marlin Levison

Usher: Two microphones and eight backup dancers/ Star Tribune photo by Marlin Levison

 

Questions after Usher’s dazzling production Saturday at Target Center -- beyond those raised in my review:

Does Usher know his audience?

When was the last time you heard a star say "demographics" in concert?

What percentage of the 14,000 at Saturday’s show witnessed Usher’s last Twin Cities gig in 2004?

Why so many costume changes? ‘Cause he’s so sweaty?

Did you really think it was cool watching Usher do pull ups?

It’s one thing to borrow dance moves from Michael Jackson, but why does Usher have to take the inspiration for his military-flavored and zipper-loving outfits from the King of Pop?

Why doesn’t Usher sing more into a handheld microphone instead of using a headset mic?

Why was opening act, Akon, more consistently fun even though he relied on AutoTune and did so many truncated treatments of songs (something like 17 tunes in 40 minutes)?

Why doesn’t Usher find a new director for his show?

A streamlined show with better pacing, less sexism and more singing could have been a real winner.

 

Here is Usher’s set list:

Monstar/ She Don’t Know/ Yeah/ video interlude/ U Remind Me/ U Don’t Have 2 Call/ You Make Me Wanna/ video interlude/ Mars vs. Venus/ Nice & Slow/ Love ‘Em All/ Trading Places/ video interlude/ Love in This Club/ Lil’ Freak/ Hot Tottie/ There Goes My Baby/ Burn/ Bad Girl/ Hey Daddy/ Michael Jackson tribute/ Confessions Part II>My Boo> I Need a Girl>Loves & Friends/ DJ interlude/ Caught Up/ DJ Got Us Fallin in Love/ More ENCORE OMG

 

 

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