It finally happened, and I can now cross this off of my bucket list. On Tuesday, June 16, 2016 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan...it happened. My friend Jessica and I were so excited, and I was secretly anxious, not knowing what to expect. I'm just happy that I can now say that I saw Beyonce live in concert. The Formation World Tour was everything, and then some (and then some more)! Please note: I am not a member of the Beyhive, but I have been rocking with Yonce' since she was with the original Destiny's Child, and I was playing and pausing their cd's to write down the lyrics, to later commit them to memory.
Year after year, and tour after tour, I kept saying that I was going, but I never made it. I've seen videos of her performances, but there is no substitution for the real thing. When Jess and I arrived at the concert, after standing in line for nearly an hour, we entered the stadium and attended the pre-concert dinner. We then adjourned to the photobooth to take funny pictures before heading to our seats.
After Mr. Snapchat himself, DJ Khaled, hyped up the crowd with his catalog of turn up anthems, and brought out a couple of special guests - Detroit's own Dej Loaf and Detroit's fave, Jeezy - we were ready. Ready to get in formation. The lights dimmed in the venue, the looping promo video that was playing on the screen had stopped, and the crowd roared in solidarity awaiting for the Queen Bey to take the stage. There she was. A blink of an eye and you would have missed it. The lights flickered, and there she was. The show began, and in Big Freedia's voice, [she] did not come to play with you heauxs.
I just don't know why people go out of their way to speak negatively about Beyonce. She is truly an entertainer. Every single cent spent on that ticket was well worth it. This was an experience, and there is no price that you can put on an experience. When Bey sang Me, Myself, & I, I felt each word. I've belted out that ballad numerous times in the midst of heartbreaks and discontentment, and hearing her sing it live had me standing in that stadium in my feelings, summonsing tears that welled up in my eyes, but never touched my cheek. The Formation World Tour was a perfect performance blend of older classics and new faves. From Crazy in Love to Drunk in Love to Sorry, and everything in between, Bey gave each performance her all.
I didn't have a moment to speak about Lemonade on the blog, but I loved everything about it: the accompanying visuals, and stirring poetry by Warsan Shire. If I had to pick my favorite track from the album, it'd be Love Drought, with 6 Inch Heels in a close second. The visuals were amazing, and complemented their respective tracks perfectly. Now, my favorite visual is Sorry. The song itself is unapologetic and in the video Bey is fresh-faced, carefree, Serena is show her off the court moves, and a squad of magical black girls are chucking their deuces up. Boy bye!
This is definitely in the top five of the concerts that I have attended, and I will be attending more of Queen Bey's shows. Here is a video recap of the night: