If anyone was to call anyone the biggest Justin Bieber fan ever, a fight would likely erupt. Undoubtedly, Tulsa has Bieber Fever -- and just in time for his sold-out show Wednesday at the BOK Center.
The singing, dancing, 18-year-old Canadian pop sensation has swept middle America off its feet and into arena concerts filled with hundreds of thousands of screaming, crying, hand-waving children, teens and moms. Bieber was discovered in 2008 after posting his own videos to YouTube, where he found his earliest fans. Many have been with him on the wild ride since, with hits including "Baby," "One Less Lonely Girl," "Eenie Meenie" (with Sean Kingston), "Boyfriend," "Beauty and a Beat" (with Nicki Minaj), "Pray," "Never Say Never" and more.
'Dream come true' "I actually do love Justin Bieber," Libby Auld said. "I should probably be ashamed."
She and 6-year-old daughter Layla will head to Wednesday's sold-out Bieber concert together at the BOK Center. "We sing along to all the songs. Yeah, maybe it should be the Beatles, but, you know, when I hear Layla singing to Bruno Mars and s-e-x, Bieber is a much better option."
Plus, "I'm a huge pop music fan. I'm totally egging this on," the 31-year-old mother said about the "Bieber Fever," then laughed.
Their love affair with the crooner started about two years ago during a road trip to California. "I call it the Bieber Road Trip, because that's about all we listened to. 'Baby' had just come out."
When she realized his Tulsa tour stop had sold out in minutes, she lost hope of seeing him live, until a vendor friend for her restaurant, Elote, came to the rescue.
"I pleaded with the guy, 'Please help a little girl's dream come true!'," she said. "He puts on a great show. These pop stars like Katy Perry and even Taylor Swift, it's a lot about theater and art and I'm into both. As parents, we have to be as open-minded as our children are. These concerts are really good."
In reality, two girls' dreams will come true Wednesday night as the pair spend the evening together in their box seats at the BOK Center.
"Oh, I've been a girl before. I've been there," Auld said. "I remember when Bryan Adams did that song for 'Robin Hood,' and I was totally in love with Kevin Costner and even named a teddy bear after his character."
Some things don't change.
"Layla writes 'I heard JB' all over everything. I'm sure in her free time she's practicing her cursive signature of 'Layla Bieber' for when she and Justin get married."
Auld bought her daughter a Bieber calendar for Christmas last year, "and she's drawn hearts all over it."
This year, friends fronted the concert tickets, but Santa brought a T-shirt and CD (and a shirt for Mom, too). They will wear the shirts to the concert, Auld said.
'I'll jam that' Andy Bantly, 42, isn't going to the concert, but he'll be the guy in the bicycle cab taking girls (and boys) of all ages to their ultimate destination.
Bantly owns Yeti Cab, a one-man business that offers cheerful rides to downtowners as they head to and from concerts, restaurants, ballgames and other events.
"I've been on a bicycle all my life," the riding enthusiast said. "I was in San Antonio with my dad a few years ago and we took a pedicab. I saw others give the guy $30 for a ride and said, 'Man, I need to do this.'"
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