It was more or less - actually more, probably a lot more - much like Mexican officials predicted it would be. Justin Bieber fans swarmed Mexico City's central plaza for a free concert from the Canadian pop singer on Monday.
Tourism Secretary Carlos Mackinlay predicted the concert would outdraw a recent Paul McCartney concert that hit 200,000, and, while numbers haven't been announced, it appears it did. Fans, and accompanying parents, were streaming into Mexico City throughout the day Monday, with the main part of the city having a noticeable Bieber buzz.
Justin Bieber: Melodies in Mexico
Bieber started with 'Baby' and went from there, even doing his traditional schtick of grabbing a fan from the audience, giving her a bouquet of flowers and singing 'One Less Lonely Girl' to her. She cried continuously throughout the song. He also did songs from his upcoming album 'Believe', due out June 19 in North America, including his newest hit 'Boyfriend'.
Bieber is on a whirlwind tour to promote 'Believe' and the concert was free. He's just come from Europe, where he did similar promotional work in Norway, France, Germany and other countries. His actual 'Believe' concert tour doesn't get underway until September 29 when he plays Phoenix, Arizona.
Bieber: Honored by fans
The smooth talking 18-year-old told the crowd that each of them were his number one fan and at a press conference before the concert had talked about the legions of Bieber fans the world over who are willing to wait in lines to get tickets to see him. In doing so he paid oodles of respect to his biggest musical inspiration, the late Michael Jackson.
"There is no one I admire so much to do something crazy (as wait in line for days for tickets), but if Michael Jackson were here, I would do it for him. So, I do understand the emotion that the girls feel and that makes me feel very honoured," he said.
The Monday concert, presided over by 6,000 police to keep the kids safe, wasn't marred by a persistent rain as fans either brought umbrellas or bought rain capes from vendors. Bieber next appears in a live concert for the 'Today' show on Friday in New York.