Justin Bieber is Coming to the Scottrade Center

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Justin Bieber, professional cultural lightning rod, has just announced a sweeping North American tour in support of his upcoming album Believe (he makes music as well as social media appearances, we're told). And on it is a stop at the Scottrade Center on October 27. Tickets are $37 to $82 and go on sale Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m.

This is his first St. Louis show since November 2010, back when he had bangs. He doesn't now, and the mind boggles at the thought of how much discussion and suit-wearing hand-wringing went into that haircut.

It's hard to get past all that stuff -- the giant idol he is. But our own Annie Zaleski, reviewing his last performance in St. Louis, says there's more to him than the screaming fans.

Though she was writing about a different version of Bieber -- the new one raps and says "swag" a lot -- her basic point about his archetypical pop star in shining armor remains intact. Here we go:

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