‘N Sync greeted by 150,000 fans in free show

About 150,000 fans gathered at South Florida’s South Beach Sunday night as pop sensation ‘N Sync played a 35-minute set, featuring the singles “Pop,” “Bye Bye Bye,” and “Tearing Up My Heart.”

Although the show was free for most fans, proceeds from the sale of VIP tickets went to benefit families of the Sept. 11 victims and local workers who recently lost their jobs, The Associated Press reported.

According to The Miami Herald, organizers expected to sell 1,500 VIP tickets at $150 per ticket.

“If our music helps us forget about the sad times I think it makes the hard work we do worth it,” ‘N Sync‘s Justin Timberlake said at the show. Along with his band mates, he wore a Red Cross T-shirt at the show.

“We’re all the same, we’re all humans. I think it’s the bigger picture–it’s not about us, it’s about ‘us’,” Timberlake said.

Anticipating a huge number of fans, security blocked off Ocean Drive between Eighth and 15th streets so fans could line up and wait for the gates to open at 4 p.m.

More than 200 off-duty officers and about 150 volunteers wearing gold colored T-shirts were posted in the area as part of the security measures. They searched bags and scanned people with electronic wands. No bottles or food were allowed inside the event, The Miami Herald reported.

The show also included performances by Latin star Tito Puente Jr., Deborah Cox, Dante Thomas and the newest teen sensation, Willa Ford.

Members of ‘N Sync also said that the store Best Buy would soon begin selling bobble-head figures of the singers. The band would dedicate $1 million from sales to the New York City relief efforts.

In related news, the band will join Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Shaggy when they perform at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards. The Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, The Associated Press reported.

The ceremony, in its 12th year, honors the year’s top artists and songs as determined by record charts, sales and radio airplay. The show will air live Dec. 4 on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.