(WBEN) Slightly more contagious than the avian flu, Beiber Fever is running rampant in Buffalo, in advance of his sold out show at First Niagara Center tonight. .
"It's pretty unprecedented how crazy Bieber Fever has taken over Buffalo, " says Judd Heussler, music director at Kiss 98.5 " We've been giving away tickets all week, I don't think I have ever seen the phone lines this consistently busy,"
His appearance in Buffalo is his first concert here, and comes four years after he made a brief visit to the Kiss studios during filming of his concert movie.
" He's definitely grown up. (Since then) He's become more of a man. He was a little kid. A lot of people want to be like him, but a lot more want to get him now too."
In the intervening years, his popularity has risen dramatically - but so has the controversy. Tonight's concert comes after a string of public events where Bieber put odd behavior on display- everything from cavorting with a pet monkey to public urination.
Earlier this month, Bieber apologized by phone to former president Bill Clinton for cursing Clinton and spraying his photo with cleaning fluid in a New York City restaurant kitchen earlier this year.
The pop star also had repercussions from a tour stop in Chicago earlier that same week when city officials said Bieber was listed as an underage guest on a citation that police issued to a nightclub.
A video released Wednesday by TMZ.com shows the 19-year-old Bieber urinating in a mop bucket as he and others race through the restaurant kitchen. Before exiting, Bieber sprays the Clinton photo and drops the F-bomb in reference to the former president.
But his music remains amazingly popular. In May, Bieber’s new music video set a record-breaking number of views on YouTube. “Boyfriend”, which was premiered on Thursday, May 3 night, received more than 8 million views within just 24 hours.