Justin Bieber recently announced a world tour. Though, fans may be misled by the title, and international ones are certainly bound to be disappointed. The tour doesn’t leave North America. Bieber’s tour, titled “Justice,” was to initially embark in 2020 to promote his fifth album Changes. After the pandemic deterred that plan, it was pushed to this summer. With Covid-19 still barely under control, the series of concerts were pushed once more to 2022, now in support of his sixth album, Justice, which includes the hit song “Peaches,” which can be listened to below.
Bieber will travel to the major cities of America—Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta—while making a few stops in his native Canada.
When Bieber announced “Justice” on Twitter, many fans were quick to notice the lack of internationality needed for the term “tour” to have the adjective “world” before it.
A reason for the domesticity of Bieber’s tour could stem from vaccination rates throughout the globe. As America rushes to vaccinate, a majority of Europe including Germany, France, and Italy (popular stops for mega pop-stars), alongside the majority of Asia, Oceania, and South America, fall behind in global vaccination numbers. When the pandemic began, live performances came to a halt. Now, as the nation and the globe see a return to pre-pandemic life filled with sweaty bodies all crammed into tight venues on the horizon, the important task is to stay safe.
Naturally, countries with slower vaccination rates will be the last to re-open. However, it would be ignorant to ignore the status of wealthy countries versus poorer ones. Regardless of rates, countries who can afford the doses will receive them first. This puts America, Europe—even with slow vaccination roll-out— and various countries splattered in the other continents at an advantage.
Bieber’s contemporary, The Weekend, who will also be going on tour next year, has already put his faith in a vaccinated Europe, booking concert dates for fall 2022, but has not announced any plans to venture elsewhere. Ironically, demonstrated by the “Justice Tour”, the globally experienced pandemic will limit western musicians’ notions of what a world tour looks like—not that they were particularly vast to begin with.
It is currently unknown whether Bieber plans to announce an overseas portion of the tour, though with the current status of the pandemic, like The Weekend, it seems unlikely he would go any farther than Europe.
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