A Bieber Concert is Different When You’re Mom

Yes, that's a giant heart he's sitting in

At the Justin Bieber performance in Birmingham, I found the concert experience is totally different when you’re a mom instead of a mere fan.

There were two types of concert goers: 1) Young girls and 2) their drivers.  Most of us drivers/chaperones were moms, but there were several dads there scoring parent points with their daughters. They seemed to be relying heavily on frothy beverages.

Apparently these concerts are a fashion show for the girls AND the moms. Among the girls, fat boots were the accessory of choice. Among moms, it was big purses that could hold all of our stuff and theirs.

The squeals were deafening. A mom near me confessed she learned to bring ear plugs after surviving the Jonas Bros. concert.

One lucky girl was called up on stage to be serenaded during “One Less Lonely Girl.” Of course, this is the oldest concert trick in the book, but it’s new to this audience. All I could think of was what The Boss did for our famous Birmingham friend, Courtney Cox. To this girl’s credit, she did not swoon and fall right off that little stool.

At one point, Bieber wiped his face with a towel (the old Elvis routine) and threw it into the audience. My binoculars followed the towel down to where a big ol’ Mama bear grabbed that thing and slung off all the tiny girls who were grabbing for it, one of whom had her arms locked around the mom’s neck! An SEC lineman couldn’t have guarded that towel as fiercely.  For shame, it was never a fair fight.

I still remember the heartthrob concerts I saw, but my swoons have been replaced by mom-thoughts. Does anybody else have these?

  • Do these kids with the Zippo lighter app know that people used to hold up live flames? Thank goodness those days are over; I’d be a nervous wreck in this building. Say, where’s the fire exit?
  • Speaking of hazards, isn’t he dancing dangerously close to the edge of that tall platform?
  • This kid is working hard. I hope he’s got good advisors to help him manage his earnings.
  • Son, if those pants are uncomfortable, get yourself some new ones. You shouldn’t have to keep tugging at your crotch like that.
  • Tina Fey was right, you are as cute as  a little bunny sniffing a flower.
  • I find it demeaning to be told to scream if I want to be Justin’s girlfriend. Don’t even get me started on having to beg for an encore. We are not leaving here without “Baby”!
  • I bet his mom is so proud of him. Worried and proud and glad she bought him that guitar for Christmas when he was three.

You know you’ve moved to a new phase in life when the most adorable part of the concert by far is the video montage of Bieber as a toddler singing his ABC’s. Aww, no wonder we moms get Bieber fever.

  • Sebrina

    The little girl that the “big ol’ bear” fought for that towel, was my daughter. She kept screaming at my daughter telling her it was hers and she was never going to get it. It was rather embarassing, I was embarassed for the “big ol’bear” that is! My daughter was heart broken because Justin Bieber looked straight at her and dropped it to her. I told her that no matter if she ended up with the towel or not, Justin meant it for her and she got to see him smile at her. An experience my daughter will never forget! Loved the article!

    “their driver”

  • Tina

    Oh my gosh, I’m so glad you commented so I can tell you that I was rooting for you and your daughter from all the way up in section 26! Can you believe an adult would act like that? It’s like watching a grown man snag a baseball from a 10 year old boy at a ballgame. We ALL know Justin wasn’t tossing that towel to ol’ Mama Bear. What did she do with it, take it home to her husband and say, “Look! I’ve got Justin Bieber’s towel! And you can’t have it!”

    Please tell your daughter that she got the best memory of all and no one can ever take that from her. I commend you for helping her deal with the disappointment and trauma of a mom bully. We good “drivers” know our place, and it’s to happily let the kids have their moments – not hijack them for ourselves.

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