Justin Bieber performed in Oslo, Norway on Wednesday night, arguably the biggest musical event to happen to the country since the arrival of A-ha. Despite heavy police involvement and near state of emergency declaration, the first of Bieber’s made-for-TV European shows got underway with few hitches, as far as all those unfazed by tears, high-pitched shrieks and impromptu fainting were concerned. Between the multiple warnings from Bieber and manager Scooter Braun, to the massive crowds, All Around the World is shaping up to be one fantastic night of television. If this is what we get during his first European stop, there’s no reason not to move forward with Never Say Never…Ever. Right, Jon Chu?
According to TMZ, 49 fans were injured, with 14 seeking treatment via ambulance. Luckily no one was seriously hurt, and the city did not appear to go up in flames after Bieber made his exit, but Mayor Fabian Stang was still flummoxed by what transpired. Between the closing of bridges and his own hiding behind a tree (!), this politician was clearly unaware of what sort of scene the 18-year-old Canadian could create. “I have already called on the Emergency Planning Agency to examine the entire event from the planning stage to its implementation. We have to find out what went wrong and why it happened,” he said. Maybe speaking to some Norwegian Beliebers themselves can help explain the reasons for such intense reactions?
After being treated to two new songs off Believe, as well as classics like “Baby” and “Never Let You Go,” his Norwegian admirers were still not above following Bieber across the sea. Bieber’s own footage of this twisted “boat chase swaggin” should catch the eye of the Norwegian coast guard, as the teens of Oslo are clearly taking the lyrics of to “Die In Your Arms” a little too seriously.
This all happened after the show, when Bieber was escorted from the Oslo Opera House in a police cigarette boat. (We don’t even know what that is, so, swag.) Yet the water adjacent location of the venue allowed for additional seating for those with life preservers and a strong stomach, and anyone looking to make a dollar off flying guitar picks and/or gloves.
That’s dedication. But to be fair, a lot of those photographed above look like they were enjoying a nice day out on the water, only to find that a young gentleman by the name of Justin would be gifting their fair city with free music. Don’t apply the crazy tag to these nautical fans just yet; true Beliebers wouldn’t dare let their idol see them in a wetsuit—so unflattering! Then again, it’s more fun to believe that Justin Bieber and Barry Bonds share a fan base.
Next up for The Bieb: Paris, a city that knows how to handle disturbances in stride.