Beyoncé, a goddess flies over Barcelona

The clouds that this Thursday covered the mountain of Montjuïc mixed with those that were drawn on the immense screen on the stage of the Estadi Olímpic, a heavenly setting to receive a goddess like Beyoncé, who appeared as a diva to end up riding a luminous horse.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
08 June 2023 Thursday 04:22
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Beyoncé, a goddess flies over Barcelona

The clouds that this Thursday covered the mountain of Montjuïc mixed with those that were drawn on the immense screen on the stage of the Estadi Olímpic, a heavenly setting to receive a goddess like Beyoncé, who appeared as a diva to end up riding a luminous horse. Welcome to the Renaissance tour.

Five years have passed since his last visit to Barcelona. It was before the pandemic that the Texan woman dedicated herself to designing Renaissance, an album presented last night in Barcelona before the 53,000 people who filled the venue at 8:30 p.m. when, half an hour late, the concert began still in broad daylight.

An immense high-definition screen occupied the entire width of the stage, several stories high, pierced in the center with a perfect circle serving as an entrance and exit door, through which Beyoncé and the twenty dancers and dancers moved. he accompanied her throughout the show. With this megalomaniac frame, Queen Bey jumped onto the dance floor wearing a long, shiny suit to develop a performance of almost three hours that endorsed her as the diva of the moment, a heartfelt tribute to disco music, to her roots in black culture and the links that unite her to the LGTBI community.

“Barcelona, ​​I love you”, she said as soon as she jumped on stage to perform Dangerously in love before the dedication of the public, a constant throughout the concert, which surprised the diva. It was followed by a string of ballads ( Flaws and all , 1 1 sitting on the piano, I care) performed on the piano so that Miss Carter showed off her beautiful and powerful voice before an audience that chanted the lyrics and applauded wildly at each vocal display of the band. artist, who interpreted River deep - Mountain high by Tina Turner to close this calmer phase.

It was the first link in a continuous crescendo that ended with the stage being transformed into a dance floor to the rhythm of Renaissance songs, which sounded almost entirely within a repertoire made up of 34 songs, almost the same as Grammy (32) has. the artist.

The sets were divided into several parts, each interrupted by a few minutes of spectacular video sequences to allow time for all the necessary changes. The first of these opened the door to a colorful industrial setting for the first wave of new tracks. Welcome to the Renaissance, Beyoncé appeared, dressed as a cyberqueen and surrounded by dancers to perform six songs from the new album, starting with I'm that girl, which gave rise to the first of many elaborate choreographies. She followed the sonically acclaimed funky Cozy to continue with Alien superstar and Lift off, after which the mezzo-soprano disappeared again.

Cuff it reopened the chapter under the slogan "Let there be house", followed by Energy, where Beyoncé made the audience vibrate by shaking her hips to continue with Break my soul, with which she paraded through the secondary stage in the middle of the track, still rising plus the pulsations. Another change, and the turn of the red hell to attack Formation, the only theme from the acclaimed 2016 Lemonade included in the tour, followed by another round of previous works such as Diva or Black parade, without forgetting the gift to the public of Run the world (girls ), which got everyone dancing, including Beyoncé's daughter, who came on stage. Her mother accompanied her riding in a kind of seventies space vehicle on which she played Black Parade and Savage.

For Church Girl , from the new album, night had already made an appearance and the stage drew Gothic pointed arches that disappeared giving way to an abbreviated and celebrated Get me bodied / Before I let go , showing off her voice, and the soul of Rather die young and Love on Top , which he let an audience that knew it all sing.

Although to the satisfaction of the public when listening to Crazy in love culminated solo by the band that accompanies Beyoncé: two keyboards, drums, guitar, bass, three wind instruments and a chorus of four female voices. His was the next intermission (the 7th) during which a huge disco ball was placed on stage to announce what was to come.

Aware of her divine condition, Beyoncé emerged from the interior of an enormous shell like a Botticellian Venus interpreting the sweet Plastic off the sofa, to start the second and final round of songs from Renaissance (Naughty girl was one of the artist's first solo hits). ). She followed the tribute to the disco with Virgo's Groove, the sensual rhythm of Move (wearing a suggestive golden jumpsuit) and Heated, a new step on the dance floor before the last interlude. It seemed that the concert was not going any further, but the former Destiny's Child returned behind a news table to perform the rap of America has a problem, followed by Pure / Honey, and finish off the job by flying over the stage on a silver horse , with disco glitter, while Summer Renaissance sounded, with samples of I feel love by Donna Summer as the final curtain of a show dedicated to dance and freedom.