PHOTOS: Justin Bieber fever in Sunrise

Teen pop heartthrob and YouTube phenom Justin Bieber incited a shriek-fest at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Thursday night. A capacity crowd of more than 16,000 tweens, teens and darling parents were the latest to succumb to Bieber fever: Primary symptoms include voluntary hoarseness, delirium and a slight lightening of the purse or wallet, but well worth the fun.

Bieber ascended to the stage behind blasts of smoke as his capably tight band led into “Love Me.” His 90-minute set included suspension cables galore, a personal serenade, a montage of old home videos and even a drum solo by Biebs himself. The kid’s got chops, too.

For “Favorite Girl,” Bieber and his acoustic guitar traveled out over the middle of the floor section aboard a metal-framed heart. He paused the song to ear-splitting screams and hovered oh-so- close to his frenzied fans, reminiscent of a savory piece of meat dangling over a shark-infested tank.

Bieber gave credit to his musicians: He introduced his 14-member group while they performed snippets of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith, who, coincidentally, will perform in the exact spot on Monday evening.

Chants of “JU-STIN, JU-STIN” brought Bieber back for an encore. He wisely thanked all the moms and dads for bringing his fans and took a few moments to scan the crowd, pointing and calling out to individuals. “Orange sign, see you... three white t-shirts, see you!” He then ended the evening with his hit song “Baby.”

Girl Scout troop leader Jamie Barkoot of Estero brought fans from Girl Scout Troop 775-Lee 12 to the show: her daughter Rachael, 12; Emily Golom, 11; and Lily Bailey, 12. Asked how the show was, they blurted out “Unbelievable!” and “Amazing!” Rachael confidently proclaimed to be the future Mrs. Bieber.

On stage in Orlando the night before, Bieber apologized for a lack of energy, admitting he wasn’t feeling well. But in Sunrise he seemed to drag around those clunky high-top sneakers well enough.

Shortly after the show, the 16-year-old Biebs tweeted “Sick or not I felt great on that stage 2nite!! Florida thank u for the incredible energy! Show was awesome and girls u all looked beautiful.”

Bieber will release his memoirs — at age 16 — in October, and rumor has it Paramount Pictures has signed a deal to create a 3-D biopic on his life, starring himself. Where Bieber heads and how he’ll eventually transition from adolescent star remains to be seen.

For now, he’s got a pretty cool summer job.

Chris Bradshaw is a Bonita Springs-based concert photographer who loves to shoot the show. He’s covered local bands in tiny smoke-filled bars, U2 in a sold out stadium and everything in between. He didn’t meet Justin, but that’s not what he told his five nieces.

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