On Wednesday night, in front of a packed house at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Beyoncé underscored once more why she's the Queen B. Making her return visit to the city on the second leg of her Formation World Tour (the first was May 14 at the Rose Bowl), the singer and her energetic female dancing squad and band kept a screaming Beyhive on its feet throughout a riveting two-hour show.
In fact, the show started 15 minutes late, with opener Anderson .Paak coming on at 7:45 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. That's because all the fans making a beeline to the concert caused "severe gridlock" at the various Dodger Stadium entrances, according to an email issued by Erika Sanchez, coordinator of Community and Government Relations for the Dodgers.
Beyonce Helped One of Her Dancers Get Engaged Onstage
This was Beyoncé's second stop since postponing her Sept. 7 concert in Rutherford, New Jersey, owing to doctor-ordered vocal rest. Back on the road for a Sept. 10 show in St. Louis, the singer was in very strong voice on Wednesday as she belted and strutted her way through a deep catalog, beginning with current visual album Lemonade and going back to her days as frontwoman for Destiny's Child. Among the memorable performances eliciting robust crowd sing-alongs: "Sorry," "Baby Boy, "Drunk in Love," an a cappella "Love on Top" and "Freedom," as a barefoot Bey and her dancers splashed along in a shallow pool at the foot of the stage.
Before segueing into a gospel-tinged take on her 2003 hit "Me, Myself and I," Beyoncé (who recently celebrated her 35th birthday) saluted her fans for their 20 years of support. "I'm so grateful to be onstage doing what I love since I started at 15 years old. Now I'm grown … it's been 20 years. Thank you for trusting in me and allowing me to grow from my first album."
Bey's fans were definitely in full effect. Some came dressed as bees; others sported T-shirts emblazoned with everything from her various song lyrics to #BlackLivesMatter. One fave: "Bed, Bath & Beyoncé." And a celebrity contingent was also in full force. Among the stars spotted in the audience: Destiny's Child cohort Kelly Rowland, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lawrence, Sia, Christina Aguilera, Lea Michele and Floyd Mayweather.
To mark the second leg of Beyoncé's Formation World Tour -- its next stop is Sept. 17 in Santa Clara, Calif. -- sponsor American Express is offering fans a deeper behind-the-scenes experience. They can now view exclusive content comprised of four videos featuring recently engaged dance captain Ashley Everett and co-captain Kimmie Gee. Both ladies provide an inside look at the tour prep that's involved. For example, Everett is shown leading a dance rehearsal with Beyoncé; in another, fans can see how the squad adapts when the singer makes day-of changes to the show. These videos and more bonus content are available through AmExMusic.com.
--With additional reporting by Dominique Redfearn in Los Angeles.