Review: The Beyonce Experience (Wembley, London)

Published: Sunday 3rd Jun 2007 by Sam
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The Beyonce Experience tour made a stop in London last night, for the first of two dates here. Since purchasing my tickets way back in September, my interest in Beyonce had waned slightly after being let-down by her sophomore effort ‘B’Day’. However after yesterday’s show, I’m sold on the woman all over again. Absolutely fantastic.

After arriving at the arena around 7.30pm and purchasing the expected rip-off tour booklet (£12/$23!), we made our way to our seats. Once seated, I was surprised to see Matthew Knowles, as well as production trio The Bamma Boys, appear on stage to hype the crowd and introduce the opening act – Soul singer Katie Shotter. 20 year old Shotter was the winner of Matthew’s UK TV show ‘Chancers’ and is signed to his label Music World. She was generally well-received by the audience and her material was promising. Yet, by the third song it was like ‘hurry up and get off the stage’. Well, at least that’s what I was thinking Lol

An already-hyped audience erupted at 8.50pm, when Beyonce finally hit the stage. The spectacle of her entrance alone was pretty amazing; raining pyro served as the backdrop to her grand entry. Beyonce then launched into a rousing performance of mega-hit ‘Crazy in Love’, which set the tone for the rest of the evening. I’d seen her live a few times before and she was great, yet it was evident yesterday that she was performing with increased vigour. She commanded that stage; it was if she was possessed. Sasha was officially in the building.

There were many highlights during the show; including the steamy ‘Baby Boy’ (which was remixed with Reggae classic ‘Murder She Wrote’) and her near-flawless rendition of ‘Dangerously in Love’. The Destiny’s Child Medley was also a standout, with Knowles singing a string of the group’s big hits- crowd participation here was off the charts. Knowles’ vocals were on-point throughout and all songs were sung live – aside from the passable Suga Mama’.

Of the newer songs performed, I was most impressed with ‘Upgrade U’ and ‘Get Me Bodied’. Both performances stayed true to their video counterparts-hence the choreography was hot. Unfortunately the version of ‘Get Me Bodied’ she performed wasn’t the Extended Mix – so no ‘Naomi Campbell walk’ lol– but it was still great nonetheless. Even the limp ‘Flaws & All’ was brought to life via Beyonce’s raw stage presence; she shed a genuine tear during this performance.

The WHOLE arena – women, men, boys, girls and even the arena staff- went into a frenzy when the last song ‘Irreplaceable’ was sung. ‘To the left, to the left’, she encouraged us to sing ‘…even you gangstas too’ she added. At that point I let go of any reluctance and flung my hands up lol. Soon after, we we’re thanked for coming and she walked to the back. I knew that could not be the last song though. ‘Bass…High-Hat….808’ rang out and the audience went CRAZY, as Beyonce gave an encore performance of Déjà Vu.

So the night ended as just as it began – with a bang. The concert definitely lived up to its billing; it was an ‘experience’ and then some. On the night Beyonce showed just why – hate it or love it – she is the ‘Hottest Chick in the Game’.






Random points:
* Kelly Rowland was heavily promoted throughout the show – her ‘Like This’ video was played, Matthew spoke about her album and numerous promotional posters/handouts were spotted/given out

* Matthew Knowles sat right behind us for the entire concert at the mixing/recording pit

* Crowd was hyped all the way through

* Her band was incredible…very talented.

* She gave both her band and dancers time to shine.

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  1. Anonymous June 3, 2007

    Yes I went last night and was really impressed. Beyonce was amazing the whole way through and at one point I had to hold my ears as her voice was hurting my ears not because it was bad but because it was so good.
    This girl is amazing

  2. Elegantmiss June 3, 2007

    Yes I went it was AWESOME,B has acquired a fan 4 LIFE!!!!! the only downside was ma footage has no sound at all…but i still have something at least.

    xxx

  3. Birgit June 3, 2007

    I went 2 weeks ago (Belgium). And indeed it was incredible! I love her even more now! x

  4. Anonymous June 3, 2007

    I went to the Beyonce Experience in Rotterdam, it was so amazing. I love your review, she is the greatest artist everrr!

  5. Anonymous June 3, 2007

    i’m happy they promoted kelly cuz lord knows kelly promotes beyonce. happy her concert was great but still not convinced her flaws and all tear was real! best of luck to her for the future…she’s a true artist!!!

  6. Anonymous June 3, 2007

    she getting alot of good reviews about her tour…..I hope she still get those good reviews when she comes to America

  7. Anonymous June 4, 2007

    GENERIC PROMOTION OF KELLY. PROMOTION WOULD BE HAVING KELLY OPEN FOR BEY TO GET THE EXPOSURE

  8. Anonymous June 4, 2007

    Nah Kelly opening for B would be a mistake. It would be like admitting that she doesnt yet have the starpower to command her own show. Which let’s face it she doesnt but that has to change with this album so she needs to get that star power on her own.

  9. Anonymous June 4, 2007

    WELL SHE DOESN’T. YOU’D HAVE TO BE BLIND NOT TO SEE THAT. YOU KNOW DAMN WELL IF THE TABLES WERE REVERSED, IT WOULD GO DOWN. DID BEYONCE EVEN SAY HER NAME IN CONCERT. SO ALL THEY DID WAS PLAY HER VIDEO. WOW, SUCH PROMOTION

  10. Anonymous June 5, 2007

    I dont care for beyonce especially for those high ass ticket price. I am tired of seeing this broad. I am glad kelly single is starting to blow all on her own. Kelly do your thing!

  11. Anonymous June 5, 2007

    Go Beyonce!!! I would love to see my girl in concert but I don’t think she will be coming to South Carolina. Still a fan, though. She is definitely the HOTTEST chick in the game and none of these other female “singers” out today can even come close. Beyonce is that ish!

  12. Anonymous June 6, 2007

    yeah i saw her last week in london…she is AMAZING….no one female artist can compete….her voice is BEAUTIFUL…love her more now…shes very talented and deserves to be where she is now….on top of the game….

  13. Anonymous June 18, 2007

    Went to see her at Wembley- it was brill! She has great stage presence and she can sing & dance her ass of and still sound amazing!
    Camille

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