On Saturday, September 10th, Beyoncé brought her “Formation World Tour” to the Dome at the America’s Center in Saint Louis. The show was defining, personal, and most certainly over-the-top. I, along with NHHS alumni, Clare Roth, Erin Scheer, and Ereka Bailey, all went to the concert.
Rapper Vic Mensa from Chicago, Illinois, opened for the show. DJ Khaled was also scheduled to perform; however, the STL show was his first show back in the United States, causing him to cancel for some time off. They had been touring together all throughout Europe-- through Spain, England, Italy, Belgium, and others.
After about an hour-long intermission after Mensa performed, the lights went black and a screened cubicle, taking up half the stage, started rotating and showing graphics from Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. A wall of lights behind the cubicle started flashing to the beat of the first notes of the most popular song on her newest album, “Formation”. Beyoncé and all her dancers rose up to the stage via trap-door in frilly, Black Panther-esque unitards and with all the flair and fashion we can only expect from the singer. She stared out into the audience for a few moments and said, “If you came to have a good time tonight, say I slay. If you came to have a good time tonight, say I slay. If you slay today and every day, say I slay. If you’re proud of who you are and where you come from, say I slay.” A harmonious “I SLAY!” was heard all throughout the concert hall.
During the show, she sang some of her ballads-- “Crazy in Love”, “Love on Top”, and “Halo”-- as well as songs from her most recent album Lemonade-- “Sorry”, “Don’t Hurt Yourself”, “All Night”, and of course, “Formation”. The special effects, choreography, and music all worked together to form a seriously stunning show.
Clare Roth, 2016 graduate of NHHS, bought her tickets in early May and was counting down the days until the concert. After the show, she beamed, “It was everything I dreamed it would be and more. I’ve never been to a show this good.”
People from all different cultures, backgrounds, and ages attended the concert. Girls, young and old, in crop tops and 3-inch heels; older ladies wearing all yellow; groups of fraternity boys; and an array of other people were seen before and after the show.
Many people believe that Beyoncé speaks for everyone and is all about inspiring people to fight for their rights. She has shown her belief that no matter your sexuality, beliefs, or skin color, we all deserve to live a fulfilling and happy life.
Queen Bey once said, “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
Keep slaying, Queen!