Bieber Fever

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - Olivia Rowell (center) screams in response to a loudspeaker at the XL Center asking, "Who's ready for Justin Bieber?" as she walks in with her sister Samantha Rowell (L). "These girls love Justin Bieber," said their mom Karen Rowell (not pictured). Rowell's brother, David Lombardo, bought their tickets and a limo ride to the show, both of which, Rowell said, they could not have paid for, "We're psyched," she said, "My first concert was Shaun Cassidy." Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – Olivia Rowell (center) screams in response to a loudspeaker at the XL Center asking, “Who’s ready for Justin Bieber?” as she walks in with her sister Samantha Rowell (L). “These girls love Justin Bieber,” said their mom Karen Rowell (not pictured). Rowell’s brother, David Lombardo, bought their tickets and a limo ride to the show, both of which, Rowell said, they could not have paid for, “We’re psyched,” she said, “My first concert was Shaun Cassidy.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - Rich Vislosky stands with his daughter Samantha Vislosky, and her friend Sarah Thomas, before the start of Thursday night's Justin Bieber concert. Vislosky said the appointment of "Official Designated Bieber Driver,"  came from his daughters who made the shirt after they got tickets to the show. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – Rich Vislosky stands with his daughter Samantha Vislosky, and her friend Sarah Thomas, before the start of Thursday night’s Justin Bieber concert. Vislosky said the appointment of “Official Designated Bieber Driver,” came from his daughters who made the shirt after they got tickets to the show. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - Allison Christopher (L) makes a photograph of her mother, and "MOM BELIEBER," Pam Christopher with her friend Cindy Parnell before the start of Justin Bieber's XL Center concert. Pam said that before tonight, Parnell hadn't heard of Justin Bieber. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – Allison Christopher (L) makes a photograph of her mother, and “MOM BELIEBER,” Pam Christopher with her friend Cindy Parnell before the start of Justin Bieber’s XL Center concert. Pam said that before tonight, Parnell hadn’t heard of Justin Bieber. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - Fans attending Justin Biber's show at the XL Center toss placards in a trash pile after being told they were not allowed to bring them into the concert. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – Fans attending Justin Biber’s show at the XL Center toss placards in a trash pile after being told they were not allowed to bring them into the concert. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - With their daughters inside the XL Center arena for Justin Bieber's concert, Dave Welsh and John Fortt talk outside the XL Center arena before the start of Justin Bieber's concert. Welsh said his daughter cried when she was not allowed to bring in her Justin Bieber sign to the show. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – With their daughters inside the XL Center arena for Justin Bieber’s concert, Dave Welsh and John Fortt talk outside the XL Center arena before the start of Justin Bieber’s concert. Welsh said his daughter cried when she was not allowed to bring in her Justin Bieber sign to the show. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - Vanessa Rosa and her twin sister Kassidy Rosa work on their homemade lighted BELIEVE signs before going into Justin Bieber's XL Center concert. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – Vanessa Rosa and her twin sister Kassidy Rosa work on their homemade lighted BELIEVE signs before going into Justin Bieber’s XL Center concert. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - (L-R) Sonia Teixeira stops with her mom Susie Teixeira while she takes a picture of Justin Bieber on the marquee outside the XL Center before the start of his show. The Teixeiras were attending the concert with their friends (L-R) Cristina Monteiro and her daughter Tiffany Monteiro. Members of the First Bible Baptist Church appeared outside the XL Center, according to member Noel Cortez, "To spread the gospel of Jesus Christ." Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – (L-R) Sonia Teixeira stops with her mom Susie Teixeira while she takes a picture of Justin Bieber on the marquee outside the XL Center before the start of his show. The Teixeiras were attending the concert with their friends (L-R) Cristina Monteiro and her daughter Tiffany Monteiro. Members of the First Bible Baptist Church appeared outside the XL Center, according to member Noel Cortez, “To spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - Wearing a scarf bearing names of Justin Bieber songs, 17-Year-old Tiana Shakir of Windsor adjusts her Justin Bieber backpack before going his XL Center concert. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – Wearing a scarf bearing names of Justin Bieber songs, 17-Year-old Tiana Shakir of Windsor adjusts her Justin Bieber backpack before going his XL Center concert. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - People mill past Hartford Whalers photographs and a larger than life image of teen idol Justin Bieber beofre the sart of Bieber's XL Center concert. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – People mill past Hartford Whalers photographs and a larger than life image of teen idol Justin Bieber beofre the sart of Bieber’s XL Center concert. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 - Hartford, CT - XL Center staff collect confiscated Justin Bieber placards and posters due to a prohibition on fans bringing them into his show. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.18 – Hartford, CT – XL Center staff collect confiscated Justin Bieber placards and posters due to a prohibition on fans bringing them into his show. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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