There aren’t many artists in the world that can pull off a 90-minute set in Stuart Weitzman heels and leave a beyond packed audience satisfied to the point of not needing an encore. But that’s Beyoncé. Last night (August 14), the singer kicked off the first of four nights in her sold-out concert series, “4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé” at the Roseland Ballroom. The 2,500 capacity venue in NYC swelled up within seconds of doors opening at 8 p.m. EST.
As the lights dimmed close to 10 p.m. EST, fans’ lit up the room with camera phones to welcome Bey’ on to the stage. “I just want to have a good time with y’all,” Beyoncé said before kicking off the show with a cover of Michael Jackson‘s “I Wanna Be Where You Are.” Beyoncé ran through her catalogue including choruses from Destiny’s Child‘s hits, solo No. 1s, and her fourth album, “4,” while sharing the fails (dropped from Elektra Records) and successes (signed by Columbia Records) of her career, starting from the knee-high age of 5 yrs. old.
Beyoncé blazed through hits in a gold number designed by her mother Tina Knowles, backed by four dancers clad in black shimmering leotards. Bey’ shared details on the making of most of the songs, including “Independent Woman Pt. 1,” mentioning how her father, Matthew Knowles, submitted the track to the “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack without permission. “I’m gonna write a song that celebrates a woman’s curves,” Beyoncé said before getting into “Bootylicious.” The rundown of the trio’s No. 1s rekindled hope in the many crossing their fingers and toes for a Destiny’s Child reunion.
“It’s 2002… I started to feel a little lonely till one day…” Beyoncé said before transitioning into the first song she’s done with husband, Jay-Z, “’03 Bonnie & Clyde.” After throwing up the Roc diamond, Bey’ shared the label’s hesitation towards her first solo album, “Dangerously in Love.”
“They told me I didn’t have one single on my album. Yep,” Beyoncé shared. “I guess they were kind of right, I had five.”
Bey’ slow danced into “Crazy in Love,” then sped it up with her signature walk from the video. After the Ne-Yo penned “Irreplaceable,” Bey’ had the audience, both men and women ranging from 8 to 38, flipping their hands to Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).”
Beyoncé moved into “4” with opening track, “1 +1,” wrapped up in smoke and red hued lights, reminiscent to her performance on the “American Idol” finale. Bey’ kneeled above a white piano to sing the ballad with impeccability.
With the exclusion of “Start Over,” Beyoncé brought each song from “4,” to life with an all femme orchestra. Bey’ slow-winded to “Party” as the crowd swayed their arms back and forth and stretched out the “y” to every other verse. Fans took the liberty to create individual dances in every pocket of the stadium to her “very experimental” track, “Countdown.”
Beyoncé closed her set with the introspective “I Was Here,” but not before the congregation of Bey’ fist-pumped to her first single of the new record, “Run the World (Girls).”