On Wednesday, September 14th, Beyoncé brought her Formation World Tour to the Los Angeles baseball arena, Dodger Stadium.
The 35-year-old pop star performed for roughly two hours to a sold out boisterous crowd. She sang hits off all 6 of her chart topping albums, “Dangerously In Love”, ‘B’Day”, “I Am…Sasha Fierce”, “4”, “Beyoncé” and her latest collection, “Lemonade.”
There were many highlights of the show but one major element of the night was the 60 ft tall rotating LED box referred to as the ‘Monolith’ that sat in the center of the stage. It changed colors and would also open up occasionally. Impressively, fire and bright fireworks would even shoot out from it!
The stage for the tour was described by Brian Levine, senior project manager from Tait Towers, as “a game-changer for what can be achieved in a stadium touring environment. The entire collaboration from scenic, to structure, to mechanics was custom-made to create an epic experience for both Beyoncé and her fans”.
A secondary stage (B Stage) jutted out in front of the main stage and a treadmill runway connected the two. This stage stored 2,000 gallons of water and it took approximately 10 minutes to fill up. It was remarkable watching barefoot Beyoncé and her backup dancers playfully stomping and splashing in it for several songs.
According to research, the theme of the tour is described as following the same linear chapters to that of the tour’s supporting album Lemonade, with each rotation of the aforementioned ‘Monolith’ representing a new chapter of the show.
Along with all the very impressive pyrotechnics of the show, it’s also important to mention Beyoncé’s voice. She’s always been known to have an incredible voice but her performance tonight really proved just how powerful it truly is now. The Queen took her time to sit down and beautifully belted out stripped down versions of songs like “Love On Top,” “Halo” and “1 + 1.”
The Formation World Tour ranked at #1 and #2 on Pollstar‘s 2016 mid-year Top 100 Tours chart both in North America and worldwide respectively.
From this concert, it’s clear that Beyoncé isn’t going anymore. She continues to grow as a performer and is having way too much fun to stop doing what she does best!
Remaining shows on The Formation World Tour:
Sep 17- Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA
Sep 22- NRG Stadium – Houston, TX
Sep 24 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA
Sep 26 – Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
Sep 29 – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 2 – Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN
Oct 7 – MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ