Wednesday, August 6, 2014

If You Are Going To The On The Run Tour At AT&T Park

Beyonce, Jay-Z
Photo Credit: Robin Harper / Life And Times

Expect quite a treat. I was lucky to be at the show for night one in San Francisco, and I am still mesmerized by what I saw.

Beyonce as a solo artist is powerful beyond words, so is Jay-Z, but together … well, together they are DYNAMITE on stage. One thing everyone noticed was that the rumors on their possible divorce could be palpable on how they delivered certain songs of the repertoire.

Bey got emotional when she performed “Why Don’t You Love Me,” oh and when she belted out JT’s part of “Holy Grail” – EMOTION GALORE! “It's amazing I'm in this maze with you; I just can't crack your code. One day you screaming you love me loud, the next day you're so cold. One day you're here, one day you're there, one day you care, you're so unfair…” Beyonce also delivered out of this world performances of "Ex-Factor" (by Lauren Hill), and when she performed “Resentment” everyone was glued to their seats, letting Queen Bey get sentimental.

Jay-Z was a bit less effusive, but when “Song Cry” came on, that’s when you knew he was letting it all out… “I can't see 'em comin down my eyes so I gotta make the song cry…” He even changed part of the lyrics to say “I can’t see ‘em coming down HER eyes so I gotta make the song cry…”

Photo Credit: Robin Harper / Life And Times
There were two key moments from the show, one was how throughout the time that they were on stage together you could sense the tension. But, the most heart-breaking moment was the encore-medley of “Forever Young” and “Halo." The giant screens on stage showed clips of their (private) wedding, as well as clips of Blue Ivy from where she was born to now that she is a toddler. Jay-Z embraced Bey as they were both singing, and looking at the screens. Their feelings were noticeable, Bey was teary-eyed, and Jay-Z looked slightly somber. 

Listen, I witnessed their 2010 Coachella performance of “Forever Young” and it was nothing like what I witnessed at the On The Run Tour. No lie, I started crying! You could tell what a beautiful family and marriage they used to have, and how it was crumbling right in front of our eyes – the rumor mill is most certainly true.

The music aspect and the production were incredibly impressive – both Beyonce and Jay-Z are quite the performers/business/money makers. As a friend said: “Beyonce gave Jay-Z class, and Jay-Z gave Beyonce the hustle and street cred that she needed.”


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