Beyonce and Jay-Z Bring Mega-Show to L.A
According to Alex Stedman of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety, Beyonce and Jay-Z, with their Everything Is Love album, capped off a story of their relationship that started with the former’s righteous marital anger on Lemonade — or, if you take the tabloids’ contribution into account, one that started with a rather infamous elevator fight. Over three albums, Beyonce had a catharsis, Jay-Z admitted to wrongdoing and begged for forgiveness, and the two seemingly reconciled, allowing their marriage (and their careers) to move forward.
And even if all of that was just to lead up to the On the Run II tour, it was worth it. In the couple’s second tour together, which stopped at Los Angeles’ massive Rose Bowl Saturday night, there was one recurring theme: “endless love,” as projected on a giant screen behind the stage. Beyonce and Jay-Z have been through the wringer and they’re here to stay — or at least, that was the message from the mega-show at the 55,000-person venue this weekend.
When Beyonce and Jay-Z take the stage together, hand-in-hand after openers Chloe x Halle and DJ Khaled, it’s magnetic. Clad in all white, descending from the ceiling, they take a moment to gaze over the crowd before launching into a heart-pounding version of Magna Carter Holy Grail. From there, the two-and-a-half hour show is non-stop. If you didn’t go to the bathroom or grab drinks before then, good luck finding an opening. When music’s biggest power couple stops for a stadium tour, there’s hardly a dull moment.
And, maybe to the chagrin of the mostly female audience, this isn’t the Beyonce Show feat. Jay-Z — it is truly a co-headlining tour. In telling the sometimes rocky story of their marriage, the couple plays off each other’s differences, rather than try to diminish them. Beyonce, on one hand, is precise. When she leads her crew of perfectly picked dancers, matching their every beat and hitting every Flawless note on hits ranging from Naughty Girl to Sorry, it’s hypnotizing. Her work ethic is Herculean, and it’s almost easy to see every painstaking rehearsal as Beyonce gives it her all in front of tens of thousands of fans.
They end the show, as they did on Everything Is Love, by celebrating their romance. Together, they sing a triumphant Young Forever, and Beyonce serenades Jay-Z with Perfect, her hit duet with Ed Sheeran. As she does, they really do seem to ignore the crowd and stare lovingly into each others’ eyes as they declare the strength of the relationship through music. And, to the cynic, maybe this fairytale is all for show. But when, after Perfect, Jay-Z smiles and takes a step back, lowering his hands as sort of a “bow down” gesture, it’s easy to believe him.