June 18, 2012 1:21 PM
For hard-core Justin Bieber fans it was an opportunity not to be missed. The pop star put out the word over Twitter on Sunday that there were 500 tickets available for an unannounced show Monday night at the Apollo Theater. All one had to do to get two of them was to buy $168 (plus tax) worth of his new fragrance at Macy’s in Herald Square.
By the time the stores doors opened on Monday morning, there were more than 200 fans, mostly teenage girls, crowded outside, and some had been waiting overnight, clerks at the store said. They streamed into a special promotional counter surrounded by live-size cutouts of Mr. Bieber, jostling for position and laying down the money they had borrowed from relatives or somehow scraped together.
More than 300 of the tickets disappeared by 11 a.m., going off in the pockets of beaming girls with brightly colored packages emblazoned with the words “Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend,” which is not only the name of the flowery fragrance he has marketed, but also the fervent wish of many of those who bought it.
Shari Alston, 14, a student at Public School 71 in the Bronx, said she joined her friend Kailani Garcia, 16, and rushed to the store as soon as their half-day of school was over. They are longtime Bieber lovers, going back to the days four years ago when he was still a YouTube star and had yet to be discovered by a major label. Last week, they camped outside Rockefeller Center from Wednesday night until Friday morning – skipping school – for a chance to see Mr. Bieber perform on NBC’s “Today” show.
Both girls had borrowed $200 from their grandmother to get the Apollo tickets, which came in a bag with two bottles of perfume, hair mist, body lotion and a copy of Mr. Bieber’s new album “Believe” (RBMG/Island).
“We knew about him since he first was coming out, before he was even famous,” said Ms. Alston, an aspiring dancer. “Any chance we get, we go.”
Some parents were pulled helplessly along by their teenage daughter’s infatuations with Mr. Bieber. Earlier in the morning, Gordon Dinsmoor, 42, an air traffic controller from Chicago on vacation in New York, had told his 14-year-old daughter, Cassie, that she would not be able to attend the Bieber concert in Chicago this fall because of conflicting vacation plans. Then she and her sister, Bri, 15, saw some beaming girls carrying the Bieber packages in Macy’s and asked where they had gotten them.
Because the two girls are too young to attend without a chaperone, Mr. Dinsmoor ended up shelling out nearly $400 for four tickets with their accompanying vials of perfume. “I have an extra ticket,” he said, looking slightly shellshocked, as his girls bounced on their toes in excitement, their shopping bags full of perfume over their arms.
Some women in their early 20s were not immune to Bieber fever. Talia Sherman, 23, who works at Macy’s, said she couldn’t resist the chance to see him sing in a small theater. “A thousand screaming girls and Bieber? Who wouldn’t want that?” she said. “I love all pop but he’s got that swag. You know, chilling by the fire with the fondue.” (She acknowledged she would give the fragrance – a scent reminiscent of roses, juicy fruit and ivory soap — to her little sister.)
Such arch love of kitsch was lost on the younger fans, for whom Bieber is serious business. Lissane Kafie, 14, of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, could barely control her emotions when her father, Dr. Cristian Kafie, handed her the bag with the tickets and perfume. She and her family were on vacation in New York, shopping and seeing the sights as an early gift for her 15th birthday, which is celebrated with a lavish coming-out party in Latin America. But the chance to see her idol in a small theater was more than she had hoped for from the trip.
“Where do I begin?” she said, her eyes welling up. “I love his songs. I love his hair. I love his eyes. And his smile. I love his past. He was so humble.”
Dr. Kafie grinned. For a father, he said, $168 is not a lot to pay to see his daughter bubble over. “For the happiness of my daughter on the eve of her 15th birthday?” he said. “No problem.”
Tuesday June 19th, 2012
June 19th, 2012
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