The name of the tour alone set expectations high for over 50,000+ people that filled Candlestick Park last night. If seeing two of the best entertainers of our time at one of the most iconic landmarks in the Bay Area isn’t “legendary” then I don’t know what is.

Justin Timberlake and a hyphen-less Jay Z came out on stage together for “Holy Grail” which is Jay’s lead single off his latest CD. Though we all know it sold well, with maybe a little help from Samsung, he only performed one other song from “Magna Carta Holy Grail” which was “Tom Ford” (and happens to be my other favorite from the album). Timberlake, however, performed “Tunnel Vision”, “Suit and Tie”, “Pusher Love Girl”, “Mirrors”, and even “Take Back The Night” all from his latest “20/20 Experience” two-disc project.

Check out Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake performe live on stage @ Candlestick Park in San Francisco on  7.26.13  |  View Gallery 

Surprisingly, the two didn’t spend much time apart as was expected. When Jay Z would rap, JT would take to the guitar, or keyboard, or sing, or dance or… wait, is there anything that this guy CAN’T do and be insanely good at? (The answer here is: no.) When JT would sing, Jay would do one of my favorite classic moves: that LAUGH. If you’re a fan, you know what I’m talking about. The best collaboration moment goes to Jay Z performing “99 Problems” and JT ripping on the guitar.

The most “gave me chills” moment goes to when Justin Timberlake, a capella, started to sing “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” which made for a pretty obvious segue to “New York, New York” and “Empire State of Mind”. 

The “crowd favorite” moment has to be when Jay Z did the remix to “Blow The Whistle” by Too $hort. 

Personally, I didn’t stop dancing or signing/rapping the entire show and I can say the same for the 30+ thousand fellow concertgoers of all ages and races. It’s a pretty surprising sight when you look to your left and see a young couple enjoying JT’s ballads, then look to your right and see some 50+ year old guys who probably live in a quiet East Bay suburb attempting to “twerk” when Jigga tells them to. I haven’t had this much fun in a while.

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Aside from a sort of anticlimactic “Paris” Jay Z solo (I mean, who DOESN’T want to sing the part about fish filet?) the entire show kept great momentum start to finish. It all ended with the duo performing “Forever Young” which Jay dedicated to Trayvon Martin.

An on-line setlist from a previous date proved to be completely wrong meaning this mega-stadium tour actually changes things up, probably costing lord knows how much but as a concertgoer makes me appreciate that they care about each city’s individual experience. 

If you missed the show, Justin Timberlake will be back around (solo this time) in San Jose at the SAP Center next year on January 14. Pre-sales start this Wednesday.

Official Show Set List

Holy Grail
Rock Your Body
I Just Wanna Love U
I Want You Back (Jackson 5 cover)
Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
Excuse Me Miss
On To The Next One
Like I Love You
My Love
Big Pimpin’
Tunnel Vision
Jigga What, Jigga Who
U Don’t Know
99 Problems
Blow The Whistle (Too Short cover)
Public Service Announcement
Hard Knock Life
Heart Of The City
Pusher Love Girl
Summer Love
Until The End of Time
Cry Me A River
Take Back The Night
What Goes Around Comes Around
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Tom Ford
I Left My Heart In San Francisco/New York, New York/Empire State of Mind
Run This Town
Suit & Tie
Forever Young