by Alisha Jackson
Last year, Justin Timberlake captured the final performance of his 20/20 Experience World Tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on film, and in two days, it’s coming to Netflix.
On Wednesday, October 12th, subscribers of the streaming service will gain front row and backstage access to JT + The Tennessee Kids, a concert film which Justin Timberlake is dedicating to Prince.
“His influence, and I have this in common with I think every musician of my generation and the generations to come, his influence is all over everyone’s music and there’s so much that I feel like I’ve maybe consciously and unconsciously borrowed from him that it felt…right,” Timberlake explained to E!. “It just feels right to dedicate the film to him.”
The film’s director, Jonathan Demme, agreed. “The film’s been blessed with that name and that spirit,” he said.
Timberlake penned a touching tribute to Prince the day he passed, where he recalled the time he spent with the legendary artist. “Some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written.”
It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist... Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols... That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music... It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES... #RIPPrince