Justin, it may indeed be too late now to say "Sorry." On Monday, Justin Bieber canceled the remainder of his Purpose tour, including the August 12 gig at Denver's Mile High Stadium, due to "unforeseen circumstances." The decision comes on the heels of China — the whole country — banning Bieber for "bad behavior." John Mayer, who's gathered plenty of negative press for being a dick, defended the 23-year-old's decision: "When someone pulls remaining dates of a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going. We've lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin [props] for realizing it was time to call it. You should too."
Okay, fine. We can forgive and we can forget Bieber. Here are the top ten things to do instead of going to see Bieber in concert that weekend.
Mark Hoppus, the loneliest class clown, performs with Blink-182 at Denver's Pepsi Center.
10. Channel 93.3 Big Gig with Blink-182, Bleachers, Marian Hill
Saturday, August 12
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
If you like radio pop with a little more rock than Bieber, KTCL's annual show features Bleachers and Marian Hill, as well as pop-punk veterans Blink-182. Blink just canceled its scheduled mini-tour with Linkin Park, following the death of LP frontman Chester Bennington.
9. Learn the lyrics to "Despacito."
Bieber certainly doesn't know them.
City of Centennial website
8. Centennial Under the Stars
Saturday, August 12, Centennial Center Park
An outdoor concert including a performance by the Tom Petty Project, "Colorado's premiere Tom Petty cover band," plus food trucks, free face painting and a laser lights show. Bieber who?!
7. Glitter Ball
Saturday, August 12, Tracks Nightclub
It's sparkly time. The monthly dance party features spinning from DJ Markie and DJ Blaque Gurl.
6. Study the choreography of "Sorry."
You've been meaning to pick up some new moves anyway. This is one of the most-watched videos on YouTube — and Bieber doesn't appear in it at all.
5. Pretty Lights
Saturday, August 12, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Instead of shelling out for a wayward Canadian, spend the night dancing among the boulders with a Colorado native and veteran Red Rocks performer, Pretty Lights.
Courtesy of the band
4. Weekend at Levitt Pavilion
Friday, August 11; Sunday, August 13
Concerts at Levitt are in full swing, and that Bieber-less weekend boasts shows on Friday and Sunday. First, it's a 93.3-sponsored bill with 311 and New Politics, and on Sunday, Band of Heathens performs.
Are you there, God? It's me, Justin.
3. Pray for Bieber...
...to be less of the Prince of All Douches. (And if you've got time, send one up for Kanye. Although let's be real: As crazy as he is, he's probably doing better than you.)
Death Cab for Cutie
Friday, August 11, to Sunday, August 13, RiNo Arts District
Part of the festivities surrounding the Colorado Classic bicycle race, Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie headline this weekend-long event. We're crossing our fingers for a mash-up of "Jesus, Etc." and "Love Yourself." Also on the bill are Saint Motel and the New Pornographers.
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1. Literally, anything else.
Seriously, go out into this beautiful state we live in and look into the eyes of any other breathing creature, and you will see more soul and be more in touch with the universe and at ease within yourself than you would be watching a white-dreaded prick (of light) pop-and-lock in the distance.