Beyonce: The Formation World Tour
Beyonce is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, making headlines on a daily basis, even if it’s just because of an outfit she’s wearing. She didn’t earn her “Queen Bey” nickname for nothing, her latest album Lemonade debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling nearly 500,000 copies during the first week of its surprise release. The title Lemonade was influenced by Beyonce’s grandmother as well as Hattie White, her husband Jay-Z’s grandmother who is heard at the end of the track “Freedom” saying, “I had my ups and downs, but I always found the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” The record is Beyonce’s second visual album that was accompanied by a 60-minute film that premiered on HBO. Emotional poetry written by Somali poet Warsan Shire sets the pace for a powerful journey through the films 11 segments: intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, and hope & redemption. A wide variety of images are featured in the film, most have dramatically different lighting, style & color. Both the poetic lyrics & images of the film combine to invoke complex ideas about race, power, gender, marriage, parenthood, infidelity and the experience of black women in America. Some of the images & lyrics have sparked controversy, with several accusations of racially charged, anti-police propaganda. Beyonce’s performance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show raised suspicion when her dancers raised black power fists & wore costumes that resembled outfits that were worn by members of the Black Panther Party in the 1970’s. Another concern of law enforcement in the “Formation” video is when Beyonce is shown sinking a New Orleans police car & images of quotes like “stop killing us”, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Expectations are almost always high when it comes to stadium shows. The sheer size & capacity of the venues can pack in more lights, fireworks, lasers, pyrotechnics, special effects and bigger stage setups. Keeping that in mind, this show doesn’t skimp on any of those. The Formation Tour even adds a giant cube shaped video board the size of a house & is in constant use throughout the entire performance, displaying images & video clips as it rotates so everyone in the stadium can see, even in the nosebleed seats. The clips & images shown on the enormous screen coincide with the lyrics in a way that conjures the same emotions in members of the crowd who have gone through similar situations in life. Fans have called the show, “an evening of high level show business and communal self-empowerment” and for good reason, Beyonce puts on a passionate performance that captivates with her squad of dancers following every move like a military troop. Don’t miss out on this show that has been getting rave reviews since it began in April. The Queen Bey plays 2 shows at Soldier Field on May 27 & 28, great seats can be purchased by clicking here.