The set-up: a simple stage with “J+B” and “THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE” on the screen. So true. So self-aware.
So the premise of the On the Run tour, obviously, is riffs off Bonnie and Clyde, and one of the most impressive aspects of the entire show was the video production. They must have spent hours filming the footage that played on the screen during transitions of Bey and Jay acting like old school gangsters, totally in love, living life on the run. That was a theme of the entire night, and it made me thinking about songs I’ve heard a million times in a new light- Clique, On to the Next One, Diva, and more. Loved it.
They opened, after a video intro, with 03 Bonnie and Clyde, and after the song was over they just stood on stage for like a full minute, not saying anything, just staring into the crowd and accepting our adoration.
Jay wore an American flag shirt. And he’s rocking beanies now, which I’m not really a fan of but whatever. Then went into Crazy in Love, and a couple other duets before Jay took the stage for some solo songs.
Obviously this was my first time seeing Beyonce, and dude, whoa. She is a dominant force of nature and a goddess and a whiplash of hair weaves and hip gyrations. Her dancing was obviously amazing, and she had these twins
as her background dancers. Honestly, sometimes she kind of scared me. Does that make sense? Tons of girl power from her, and this was the first time I had really seen her perform Flawless and that was super intense. Also, I really love whenever her background dancers just stop moving and she goes into a solo spastic but amazing dance.
Confession time- when Beyonce was doing her own thing, I was standing watching with my mouth open, just absorbing it- so was a lot of the crowd, I think. But when Jay came on, it was a PARTY. People loosened up, danced, sang along, and I think he’s just a little more accessible or something. Like they are both amazing but when Beyonce is performing nothing else is happening in the world- Jay was a little more relaxed. Plus I just love his live performances in general. He went through all of his hits and Beyonce did the chorus on Holy Grail, and helped intro/transition Clique (LOVE) and On to the Next One (from Diva, in a super hood miming-shooting-guns way- super loved).