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posted Friday, October 12, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 41
EVERYTHING IS LOVE: Beyoncé and Jay-Z return with On the Run II
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EVERYTHING IS LOVE: Beyoncé and Jay-Z return with On the Run II

by Jessica Price - SGN A&E Writer

BEYONCÉ AND JAY-Z
ON THE RUN II
CENTURYLINK FIELD
October 4


Beyoncé and Jay-Z have ascended to new levels of stardom in recent years, individually and as two mega-talented halves of the world's most famous creative team. The crowning achievement of their intertwined body of work, the On the Run II tour's sizzling grand finale at Seattle's CenturyLink Field October 4 proved that the king and queen are not only unstoppable but stronger than ever.

The Carters' previous joint concert tour stopped at Safeco Field in July 2014 at the height of 'Becky-with-the-good-hair' madness: before Lemonade, before Beyoncé's triumphant Formation World Tour, before the twins, and before Jay-Z's introspective 4:44 album. We meet the Carters again post-personal reckonings, at a time when their priorities are refocused. Love, family, racism, inequality, and more seemed to be on the minds of rock's royal couple as they strode onstage, hand in hand. Everything they want to share is in the music, and for 2.5 hours and 43 songs the conversation flowed.

Borrowing from the first OTR tour, THIS IS REAL LIFE flashed across the massive video screens as the couple shared vocal duties on 'Holy Grail,' followed by a set list that nimbly twisted, turned, and jumped forward and backward over both artists' careers. In concept, the video narrative and setlist seemed to pick up where the last OTR tour left off - the outlaw couple of '03 Bonnie and Clyde' seemingly escaped to somewhere tropical and beautiful. 'Drunk in Love' was mixed with images of the couple reunited on an empty beach. If the narrative and home-video footage was gorgeous, the live feed was equally phenomenal, enhanced as it was with state-of-the-art effects. With two billionaires on tour, it's fair to say that no expense was spared, and it showed. 'Diva,' 'Clique,' 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder' and a scorching version of Jay-Z's 'On to the Next One' sounded, and looked, incredible.

Beyoncé's style reigned supreme as expected. Beginning with custom head-to-toe Mugler, Bey's many quick changes called upon the flashiest work of Balmain, Givenchy and Gucci. The woman exudes sparkle and shine, breezing down either of the parallel catwalks with gasp-worthy gossamer silks waving gently behind her or tens of thousands of crystals glinting in the light. Jay's costumes and visual aesthetic favored stark minimalism and Warhol-esque repeating images, right down to a custom jacket paired with a Calvin Klein/Warhol 'Electric Chair' t-shirt. Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller designed Jay's gorgeous white double-breasted tuxedo just for the occasion. Polished and refined in his personal style, Jay-Z looks every inch the international mogul he has become.

Unfortunately, from the beginning both artists were plagued with mic trouble at inopportune times. Vocals would momentarily cut out on the entire left side of the arena, just enough to muffle an essential lyric or high note. It would stop, then happen again and could have been a showstopper had it been a touch more prevalent. It didn't seem the Carters were aware it was happening, and when they did it was probably too late to slow down.

'FuckwithmeyouknowIgotit' mixed into 'Flawless,' the interplay between the two stars never missing a beat. 'Naughty Girl' and 'Big Pimpin' met their match, as well as 'Run This Town,' 'Baby Boy' and later, 'Sorry,' '99 Problems,' and 'Ring the Alarm.' Even with their disparate styles the couple's songs and messaging, side by side, made sense. The energy did not stop, although having seen Beyoncé multiple times over the years, it seemed on this last night of the tour she was spending the last of her energy reserves (the lady is only human, after all). Wrapping up with the epic pair of anthems 'Freedom' and 'U Don't Know,' the power couple returned for 'Young Forever,' Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect Duet,' and 'APESHIT' by The Carters. From gangster and child-star to philanthropic moguls and international icons, On the Run II was a rare opportunity to see two mega-stars at the top of their game. Their personal and artistic victories feel a little bit like victories for us all - if nothing else, we have the extreme pleasure of enjoying them. Whatever they do together or as individuals, let's hope this growth continues for a lifetime.

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