Disclaimer: The ONLY reason I wrote this post is because folk have asked for my thoughts on the concert. So here goes my honest opinion.
Last week I attended the Formation World Tour in Detroit. I’m not a member of the Hive, but I’ll admit that leading up to the concert, I was beginning to display some lowkey Beyhive-ish behavior. From blasting her songs on my way home from work, to making sure my mom, sister and I were all “in formation” to get these concert tickets, to pep-talking myself through my work day with fan girly phrases like, “Don’t trip, boo. Queen Bey is coming.” Yep, I’d been stung.
To be honest, I’ve always liked Bey. Ever since her Destiny’s Child days (before and after Michelle). I think she’s a great singer and an even greater performer. Probably the greatest entertainer of this generation, honestly. But since I’m not a member of the Hive, I look at Bey from a more rational, sane, objective point of view. In other words, I don’t follow and defend her every move (only Jesus gets that type of treatment). Think of it this way: If Bey and I were cool like that, I would be the type of friend who tells her that her outfit looks crazy as hell if it actually looks crazy as hell. Meanwhile, 99.9% of y’all would be that minion friend that tells her she looks cute and will let her walk out of the house looking like a fool. So in the spirit of realness, I’ma just go ahead and keep it one hunnid — the Formation World Tour wasn’t all that to me.
Now don’t get me wrong, the show was great. And I love everything about the Lemonade album, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to even go to the concert. But the way some of y’all were hyping it up, I was expecting Bey to bring Blue Ivy out on stage in a matching leotard and toddler kitten heels to perform an exclusive mommy/daughter duet routine to Single Ladies (which she even didn’t perform, btw). Overall, to me — TO ME — it wasn’t the greatest Beyoncé experience I’ve ever witnessed.
In my personal opinion, her best show would have to be the Mrs. Carter Tour 2014. Now THAT concert confiscated every last one of my edges before edge-deficiency was even heard of. There were smoke clouds and fire everywhere. There were ballerina bars (that were used for everything but ballet). There were those cute, Maxwell-looking twin brother dancers (btw, has anyone seen them lately?). There was her dope female band The Suga Mamas. And most of all, there was her legendary live rendition of Dangerously in Love (which she also didn’t perform). Now DAT ISH RIGHT DERE, was one helluva show. So remembering that, combined with all the commentary about this being her greatest concert of all time, I walked into Ford Field on last Tuesday with great expectations. Correction: GOAT expectations.
Bey got on stage at 9pm sharp. She opened with Formation (of course). She sang Hold Up. She sang the unofficial female national anthem, Sorry. I sang along. I danced. I was hype. Thirty minutes later, I was sitting down munching on some popcorn and nodding my head to Daddy Lessons. I could tell Bey was tired ’cause she slowed things down hella quick (I swear 1+1 was like her fifth song). During MCT 2014, she performed about six or seven upbeat songs in a row before doing a quick wardrobe change [insert dope performance by The Suga Mamas here] and cat walked right back out on that stage in a new glittery leotard and a fresh pair of stilettos to perform her next set. But this time she kept it simple. She wore the same outfit for about 12 songs straight. She didn’t do that much dancing. Instead of her traditional stiletto pumps, she kept it comfy and cute with some chunky-heeled booties and/or a pair of thigh-high go-go boots. And I was hella shocked when she and her dancers came out on stage barefoot near the end of the show. But when they broke out in that epic splash routine to Freedom, I almost lost it. ‘Cause they straight kill’t that mug (I’m still tryna figure out how they even got all that water onto the stage). Anyways, like I said, I enjoyed the concert. Y’all just hyped it up a lil bit.
Am I hating on Bey? Absolutely not. She’s a phenomenal artist and entertainer. And because of this, she’s always gonna give us something new and nothing we expect. I get it. I have no problem giving credit where it’s due. All I’m saying is, I wouldn’t necessarily call this her BEST show ever. So to all you Beyhivers out there, y’all can flood this post with as many bee and lemon emojis your crazy heart desires. ‘Cause one thing I’ve learned is when life gives you a slew of lemons and bees, just make a big ol’ steamy pot of lemon and honey tea, pour you a cup, and sip away.