Last night, the Queen of Pop made her way to metro Detroit, and she showed up and showed out as only royalty can do. Beyonce or “Queen Bey” as her BeyHive fans call her, gave a brilliant performance Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour was filled with stunning theatrical displays, flawless choreography, amazing costumes, and incessant energy. The only thing missing were fireworks during the finale. But there was enough explosive vigor from the crowd to set off 10 fire alarms. Fans flocked into the stadium shortly before the show started and by the time Bey came out, there was not an empty seat in the house.
She opened the show with the hip hop dancehall track “Run the World (Girls),” from her most recent solo album 4, and from then on, her alter ego Sasha Fierce was in full effect. The upbeat tune “Run the World” seemed to shape the celebratory theme of the show. And she echoed that sentiment by telling fans early on that “this was not a show to sit down at, but one where you are gonna sing and dance.”And that they did.
As she went through a medley of her dance hits “Get Me Bodied,” “Crazy in Love” “Freakum Dress,” and “Diva,” every song was accompanied by a myriad of theatrical displays and eye dropping dance moves, mostly upheld by her male counterparts Les Twins, a French dancing duo. She pulled off a seductive performance of “Naughty Girl” complete with bright pink lighting, and the sound of Donna Summer’s 1970s hit “Love To Love You Baby” playing in the background. Bey followed that up with a steamy version of “Party” while her dancers surrounded her with pink feathers as she got the crowd in an equally sexy mood.
Amidst all the eye popping visuals, another positive note about the show was its musical diversity. She never stayed on one kind of beat for too long. Once her signature dance hits came to a halt, she transitioned into another tone of hits. One of the many highlights of the show was her feisty rendition of “Why Don’t You Love Me,” which showcased parts of the 1950s style video on the projector as Bey stretched her vocals to the max, and engaged in a call and response bit with the audience.
She also mixed things up by singing two cover tunes; one was an acapella rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” and the other was Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which she specifically dedicated to the economically challenged Motor City.
And while the energy was 150 percent, she toned it down a bit to perform some slower tunes. Japanese pianist Rie Tsuji delivered a powerful solo shortly before Beyonce, draped in a floor-length sparkling blue gown, sang the soft love ballad “1+1” on top of the piano. Then, she strapped up to a harness and glided across the venue to another stage to perform the acoustic guitar driven “Irreplaceable.” She couldn’t help but let members of the audience engage in the performance, even letting a little girl sing the catchy phrase “To the left, to the left.” A majority of the songs performed during the evening came from her latest album 4, and she proved that every song from that album was a bonafide hit, especially when she sung the lively tune “Love On Top.”
Beyonce brought the house down, but she couldn’t have done it without her great dancers and amazing band, which is composed of all female musicians called “The Sugar Mamas.”
And her opening act R&B singer Luke James provided a soulful inclusion of material from his upcoming debut album Made To Love.
Bey came and once again justified her stance as the most popular music artist in the world. And she proved why her tours almost always sell out. She came, she delivered, she left. What more could a fan ask for?