Worth Every Penny: On the Run II

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I’m not sure why I’ve never shared my love of concerts (and really live music in general) here on the blog, I guess because I wanted to keep everything sewing related. But since I made a brand new outfit for this show (will post that tomorrow) I’m going to share this post about my On the Run experience as well.

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1 of 6 outfits

First of all I am definitely a a Beyonce fan!  Her work ethic is amazing and that’s really what I admire most. She knows what she wants and she makes it happen. She can also sing her arse off – FIGHT ME! – and she does it while dancing…for two hours. Simply amazing! I have never been disappointed in a Beyonce show/performance and I’ve seen her live four times; The Destiny Fulfilled Tour, The Beyonce Experience (where I met her in a meet and greet), the Formation World Tour and the first On The Run Tour.

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during Black Effect

I love Bey but, I’ve actually been a fan of Jay-Z’s longer, going back to Reasonable Doubt. I’ve seen him in concert more times as well (five to be exact);  Heart of the City Tour (w/Mary J Blige), Watch the Throne Tour (w/Kanye), Magna Carter World Tour, 4:44 Tour and the first On the Run Tour! There would be one more but that show was canceled due to thunderstorms (it was a amphitheater). He is also amazing live, though I can easily say Magna Carter was my least favorite.

Thankfully my hubby is a music fan too (even though I went to most of the above shows solo, prior to being married) so it was a no-brainer that we were attending this sequel tour.

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Holy Grail

The Carter owe us nothing! NOTHING!!! The show was worth every penny! We attended the Saturday show and I somewhat seriously considered grabbing tix for the Sunday show just to see it again. It was that good. Neither my hubby nor I could imagine how they could possibly top On the Run or either of their last solo tours, but somehow they did. The stage set up, the lighting, the video montages, the choreography, the song transitions, the dancers, the story…EVERYTHING was exceptional.

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Chloe x Halle were the opening act and they started right around 7:30. I’ll admit I haven’t given Chole x Halle a true listen, I like them on grown-ish and I know they are Beyonce’s proteges, but that’s about it. Their vocals were great and they had a great energy on stage, especially as the opening act that usually no one is checking for. I will be giving them a sincere listen soon.

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Up next was DJ Khaled. My hubby isn’t a huge fan, insisting he never plays enough of any one song for him to enjoy his set. Khaled played some hits to get the crowd warmed up and then of course – this being ATL- he brought out some special guests. First up was Monica, an ATL favorite, who performed So Gone through some mic troubles. Then he brought King Combs (Diddy’s son), Freeway and Lil Yachty. Cee-Lo performed a decent length medley of his top hits including Crazy. Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri finished off Khaled’s set with Welcome to ATL and MOVE which got the crowd hype! This may have been the first time I felt the stadium shake!

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After a short intermission the lights went down at exactly eight minutes to 9pm and everyone scrambled back to their seats as the show began. My hubby shot me a look that I knew meant “awww ishhhh” because he had predicted they’d start at 9:30. He knew that a pre 9pm start meant this was about to be one hell of a show! The opening video, which was about 2min long (I know because I recorded it) was composed of beautifully shot images of Bey and Jay in various tropical locations, in a chapel, in a reggae hall and in a cheap hotel room covered in cash. The last shot was each of them holding a set of twins (though they are not Rumi and Sir). The show opener was Holy Grail and it was a non-stop 2.5 hour musical experience after that!

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Cramming the hits of 2 mega stars that have 19 solo and one joint albums between them into a two and a half hour show is no small feat! The mixes and transitions were seamless and creative and I’d venture to guess that most peoples favorites made the cut. The pair performed some of their most recent collabs like Nice, Black Effect and of course Apeshit, as well as, oldie but goodies Bonnie and Clyde, On the Run and Deja Vu. Plus many their individual hits from Crazy in Love and Big Pimpin to Sorry and The Story of OJ.  I counted six Beyonce outfits and Jay switched it up almost as many times. During each change of costumes or sets the nearly sold out Mercedes Benz Stadium crowd was kept engaged by either dancers, musician solos or a video.

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The stage set up was amazing! A massive screen that seemed to be three screens in one slide open and closed throughout the show to revel a tic-tac-toe like structure that served as a multilevel area for the multiple musicians and dancers through out the evening. This enormous screen is what makes concerts possible in a stadium as large as Mercedes-Benz. There was an lift that carried the stars from the top level down to the main stage and side stairs that the disappeared into. A runway on each side allowed them both to come out further into the crowd, Beyonce at one point was levitated from one runway to perform Drunk in Love. I can’t leave out the center stage that literally raised up and over the VIP floor section moving the artists the back of the floor area to perform Formation, Forever Young, Who Run the World and Apeshit.

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Personal highlights for me included when Beyonce was leading in to the swag surf transition and said “I’ve been waiting to do this in Atlanta“, Nice, Freedom, PSA and N*ggas in Paris. If you’ve never seen/heard N*ggas in Paris live, it’s an experience! I was at the Watch the Throne Tour in Atlanta (which was the tour opener) when he and Kanye performed it together and the crowd went…well Apeshit! I think they started the song over no less that 3 times, maybe 5 and each time it was the like the first. Now, seven years later, sans Kanye, this song still had the entire stadium on their feet. I definitely felt the stadium vibrate under my feet during this part. 20180825_221153.jpg

For those who wonder why concert tickets hit 3-digit prices, this is why! There is a lot of technology, equipment and crew necessary to put on a show of this caliber. Same goes for Justin Timberlake who is amazing (his 20/20 experience and Man of the Woods tours were beyond great) and Bruno Mars who I’ll see later this year.

 

And yes, I did witness the guy running on stage as The Carters walked off stage. From my view point (in the 100 level seats) it simply looked like the dancers were running to exit the stage. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized what happened and it wasn’t until today that I realized I had it on video. I’m happy no one was hurt, but I’mma need them to up security!

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If they haven’t come to your city yet, GO! I recommend the same for Justin Timberlake as he’s on tour til next year! I might go back a do a review on the Man of the Woods Tour, but that was back in May.

Check out my photos and video on IG! And come back tomorrow to see my outfit!

5 responses to “Worth Every Penny: On the Run II”

  1. Finally! Someone who loves live music as much as I do! Like you, I’m a huge Beyonce and Jay-Z fan, and I am your concert twin in seeing all of their shows throughout their career. This concert, however, took the cake! It was off-the-chain good! I don’t know about you but the next day, my body hurt from all of the dancing and fist pumping like I did the most rigorous full-body workout! LOL I’m still trying to decide which OTR tour I like best. I love them both for different reasons; they both gave you such different vibes. What about you? I’ll have to consider seeing Justin Timberlake. I went to his 20/20 Experience and The Legends of Summer and both were fantastic. However, I haven’t really bonded with Man of the Woods CD so I let his date in my city go by. Thank you for sharing your OTR II experience and photos with your followers. You are an amazing sewer/sewist (?) and I always look forward to your posts and beautiful creations!

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    1. I realized at the show that I was going to be deaf and hoarse the next day. LOL Thankfully I was neither but yes I danced and sang/rapped the whole show. I’d have the pick OTRII over OTR but just by a smidge. I agree different vibes.

      So concert twin, I TOTALLY agree about MOTW. I’m a huge JT fan (back to Justified) and I only vibed with one song, Say Something prior to the show. We were really worried about the show because we bought tickets BEFORE the album dropped. In the end I’m so glad we had already bought them (I likely would have passed had the album dropped first). Still don’t love MOTW, but the show help me like filthy, higher higher and midnight summers jam.
      More importantly though he sings all his hits and brings the same energy he brought to 20/20. The stage and story of the show are engaging though it’s definitely outdoorsy/woodsy. I just like a good show and it was a D@MN good show.

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      1. Oh wow, I’m sorry I missed seeing JT this time around. I was totally being prejudiced against his latest album. I just don’t get it. I should’ve known better than to think that his show wouldn’t be good just based off of an underwhelming CD. Thanks so much for engaging with me about our love of concerts! Blessings!

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  2. […] amazing, but there was absolutely no doubt that it would be. Read my post review of the concert here and check my Instagram feed for the […]

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  3. […] I shared my review of my On The Run II concert I thought I’d do the same for the 24K Magic Tour that I attended the first of the month in […]

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