By Sarah Toce
Female empowerment was the name of the game at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field when global superstar Beyoncé performed The Formation World Tour in front of tens of thousands of fans. The 34-year-old dynamite offered song selections from her past three albums, including her current visual album Lemonade.
An all-female group of backup dancers strutted their stuff alongside Queen Bey in a show that lasted more than two hours. At times appearing scorned, other times unapologetic, Beyoncé kept the show in line and the audience on their feet with controversial lyrics about cheating (channeling her rapper/producer husband Jay Z), motherhood, independence, and justice for the disenfranchised.
Unlike previous tours, Beyoncé’s current forte shied away from the pop hits that made her a household name with Destiny’s Child and dove deeper into womanhood. The music was less about getting the guy or keeping the guy and more about gaining self-respect and maintaining it. With lyrics like, “I took some time to live my life/But don’t think I’m just his little wife,” little was left to the imagination.
Skipping the old video monitor montage, Beyoncé’s team positioned a 60-ft. LED cube on the stage that rotated on demand, making the powerhouse appear larger than life. Fans gained an up-close and personal rendezvous experience that captured the true essence of the entire tour.
A tribute to the late R&B legend Prince was the emotional eclipse of the night. Bowing down on her knees, Beyoncé covered his hit “The Beautiful Ones” with her eyes facing the heavens. Then “Purple Rain” played as she walked off the stage for a costume change. Fans waved their illuminated smartphones in the stadium stands in a touching tribute that will no doubt stay with them forever.
Beyoncé’s “Halo” closed out the show as the dancers commanded the stage in a sopping wet homage to a career spanning over 17 years. Illustrating she knows how to make Lemonade out of lemons, Beyoncé has proven her fierceness once again.