Justin Bieber's 'Believe' tour to hit Staples Center in October
Justin Bieber's Los Angeles fans are in luck. Not only has the now-voting-age star booked two dates at downtown's Staples Center in October, but the appearances come at the start of this 2012 tour trek, long before cellphone-shot videos can spoil Bieber's set lists and dance moves.
Bieber's outing, produced by Staples Center-owners AEG Live, is set to launch Sept. 29 in Glendale, Ariz., and to arrive in Los Angeles for two consecutive nights beginning Oct. 2. The tour, in support of Bieber's upcoming album "Believe," due June 19, will keep him on the road through early 2013; he is scheduled to wrap up Jan. 26 in Miami. Southern California Bieber fans interested in a road trip can catch Bieber at scheduled stops Sept. 30 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand or Oct. 5 in Fresno at the Save Mart Center.
The general public on-sale begins June 2, yet plenty of tickets will be snatched up long before that date. Those who are members of the "Bieber Fever" fan club can buy tickets starting today. The Staples Center dates will go on sale at noon. Membership in "Bieber Fever" starts at $26.97, and concert tickets for members then range from $39.50 to $89.50, not including surcharges.
Then, starting Thursday, American Express card holders will have their chance at tickets. Tickets during the presales are limited to four per household, and in a move seemingly friendly to those who want to bring their Bieber tickets to the secondary market, Bieber Fever members can buy tickets for up to four dates. AEG Live will also be offering a host of VIP packages, full details of which were not yet revealed.
Opening for Bieber will be "Call Me Maybe" star Carly Rae Jepsen. She's signed to the Interscope-affiliated School Boy Records, a label run by Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Justin Bieber at the Nokia Theatre in 2010. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times