Justin Bieber, 26, will make his return to the stage for New Year's Eve.
Three years since his Purpose world tour, the Canadian pop star has announced a concert live stream on December 31. The show will stream online on at 10.15pm EST (or Friday, January 1 at 7.15am in the UAE).
Don't expect a no-frill intimate show though, as Bieber is marking the occasion with a lavishly shot gig featuring a five-piece band, dancers, cutting-edge edge lighting and purpose-built stage in a famed location yet to be revealed.
The singer has already posted pictures from rehearsals that show him working with his dancers on a zig-zag shaped stage. The show will air again twice the following day at 5am and 3pm eastern time. Tickets for the show are available until Friday, January 1 from Dh104 at www.JustinBieberNYE.com.
As for the tunes on offer, the concert will be the first time Bieber will present his latest album Changes in a concert setting. Released in February, for his fifth album, he ditched the electro vibes of previous album Purpose for a more streamlined RnB and pop sound. While the critical reception was lukewarm, the album produced hits Yummy and Forever.
Bieber's New Year's Eve gig will be the first taste of his upcoming North American tour. Initially halted due to the pandemic, the 45-show run is now slated to begin in San Diego on Wednesday, June 2.
What has Justin Bieber been doing?
The relative time away from the limelight has done the Lonely singer good. After reportedly experiencing burn out on the back of the Purpose world tour, Bieber announced a career break in 2019 to address "deep-rooted issues" within himself. The move also came on the back of his marriage to model Hailey Baldwin the previous year.
With the exception of recording songs that would make up Changes and the song I Don't Care, his second collaboration with Ed Sheeran, Bieber spent the time away content in his relationship. Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, he spoke of his desire to become a father eventually.
"I’d love to have myself a little tribe," he said. "I think Hailey still has some things she wants to accomplish as a woman. And I think she just is not ready yet, and I think that’s okay.”