With smoke pouring out all around her, Bey stood, hand on hip and sang the opening lines of “Love on Top” a cappella while rising into the air on a hydraulic lift. Doing her fiercest runway strut in a black leather jumpsuit and black boots with thigh-high stockings, she busted into her 2003 solo hit ”Crazy in Love,” working the stage from side to side along with herbackup dancers. They all shook it in a line before Queen B ripped off her leather miniskirt to reveal an ever skimpier lacy skirt, wailing as her guitarist ripped off a solo, flames shooting from the top and bottom of her instrument.
A military boot stomp served as the intro to a tribal “Till The End of Time,” fueled a horn solo from a trio of players in her all-female band. Backed by a video screen that flashed multiple images of her gyrating figure, she then moved into a hip-rolling “Baby Boy.” Her dancers were doubled up on the screen that rose up behind them, as well as on the video screen on the stage, creating a mind-bending illusion of an army of Beyoncés.
And then the moment everyone knew was coming. Destiny’s Child mates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, wearing similarly body-hugging leather catsuits, shot up out of the floor for a few scatty bars of “Bootylicious.” The trio didn’t linger, though, quickly segueing into “Independent Women” as the stage was engulfed in a ring of flames and they struck their best “Charlie’s Angels” pose.
The hits kept coming with a group run through the solo Beyoncé smash “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” with all three busting out the iconic hand flip and fierce sideways march in perfect unison. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…