Screams at Sprint Center: Beware
The Kansas City Star
Screams cut the cold fall air about 1:30 p.m. today around The Kansas City Star at 18th Street and Grand Boulevard.
Did a lot of people get hurt? No. Was there an early pre-Halloween citywide fright? No.
I followed the noise to the Sprint Center, and the answer became obvious. A clot of teen and pre-teenage girls were camped outside of the place screaming at every bus and limo that pulled up. With each one they hoped it was Justin Bieber arriving for his concert there tonight.
I texted a friend who took her granddaughter to a Bieber concert earlier this month in Seattle and complained about hearing loss afterward — not from the loud music like rock concerts of boomer days long past — but from the ear-ripping, endless screams from throngs of girls. She said I got just a taste of what’s called “Bieber fever.”
I pushed the button to get the stoplight to change so I could cross to the other side of Grand Boulevard to get away from the madness. The mechanism said “Wait!” each time I pressed the button, but I kept relentlessly pressing the button.
A parent in the crowd laughed as she watched me. I explained to her that I had to get away from the Bieber fever.
What’s up, I also texted my grandma friend, with all of the girls wearing purple?
That, she said, is the color of “Bie-liebers.” What incredible marketing.
If you are over age 17, steer clear of the Sprint Center, and hope the building after tonight still has all of its glass exterior when the screaming and the concert are finally over.