on loving liverpool and biebermania
Justin Bieber's book Just Getting Started is released TODAY! To celebrate, here's the second extract and never before seen pictures exclusively for Sugarscapers - with a final extract arriving this afternoon.
In this chapter, Biebs talks about playing Liverpool in our very own groggy United Kingdom - don't forget you can still pre-order the book HERE.
"Playing a show in Liverpool was an absolute dream come true for me because it’s where the Beatles came from. I was psyched to do the Beatles walking tour around the city, but in the end that wasn’t possible.
"If America was invaded by Beatlemania in the 1960s then Liverpool got a dose of Biebermania in 2011. The crowds that gathered outside my hotel had grown so big by the time I tried to head out on the Beatles tour, the police actually threatened to arrest my team if they attempted to leave again—so I had no chance of leaving the building. There were too many kids outside for them to control. They simply didn’t have the manpower to handle the size of the crowd. They actually had to shut down the streets! It was the craziest thing I had seen during our Europe tour. Things got so intense that security wouldn’t even let me out on my balcony! About the only thing I could do was hang in my hotel room and play video games until show time."
"The next day, I eventually got permission to keep my promise to visit the Liverpool Children’s Hospital. Even though I had prearranged the visit with the hospital, none of the kids knew I was coming, so it was a total surprise to them and super important to do. When I walked through the door, the last person they expected to see was me! Liverpool was unforgettable for many reasons, but most of all for the time I spent at the Children’s Hospital that day. It was really special to see their smiles, especially when I gave each of them stuffed animals I had brought along to hand out. Sharing those moments with kids like that really makes my day."
"I always try my best to fit in visits to local children’s hospitals or meet a kid from the Make-A-Wish foundation. During the North American leg of the tour, I did 86 cities and tried to see a Wish kid at each stop along the way. A couple of hours of my time is just a small gesture I can make to give back to others, something I really love to do. It is sad and sometimes really hard to see so many sick kids, but it is also motivating to see how they don’t let their diseases get to them and how strong they are to be in the fight for their lives. Spending time with them is a reminder to me about what’s really important in life and how lucky I am to be doing what I love when so many other people will never get that chance."
If you missed Justin's first extract, where he talks about girlfriends, dating, paparazzi and paternity cases, you can read that here.
Justin Bieber - Just Getting Started, is released in the UK on September 13th - click HERE to preorder