Paul Hebert

Beyoncé @ the Staples Center 07/13/10

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Monday night Beyoncé’s “I Am” tour stopped at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Unlike the show a few nights prior in Anaheim, which was reported as being approximately half full, the Staples Center was nearly full, with a few sporadic empty areas.

Beyoncé’s performance was very energetic, but at times felt over-produced. During the close to two hour show, Beyoncé danced and sang her way through almost all of her chart topping hits. However, the show at times seemed over-choreographed almost to a point of stalling. Some of the breaks between songs to change outfits seemed to last an eternity, which really affected the flow of the show.

“I Am…Sasha Fierce,” the current double album from Beyoncé, talks about alter-ego’s, which were definitely on display Monday night. There was the high-energy rocking pop sensation, and then there was the tender ballad singer, all of which Beyoncé managed to pull off with ease. Her rendition of “Ave Maria” in which she masterfully mixed in Sarah McLaughlin’s “Angel” was definitely a highlight of the show.

Beyoncé’s songs are usually about females taking control of situations, do it was no surprise that an underlying theme to the performance was definitely “girl power” which she expressed to the crowd several times, pointing out her all girl band and back-up singers.

Beyoncé involved the crowd every chance she could, many times singing directly to the folks that had purchased one of her premium packages and were positioned directly stage-side. During “To the left” she again separated the sexes asking all the ladies to sing the title phrase, followed by the men, to which she scolded them and asked them to try again but with some Bass in your voice, which was most likely pretty difficult for most of the men in attendance.

During the middle of the show Beyoncé emerged from the center of the main stage and was elevated high above the Staples Center floor, with the train on her gown draping down to the stage. When the train dropped off Beyoncé’s body, she twisted and twirled as she was flown over the crowd to the smaller “B’ stage in the center of the arena, which put her right amongst some of her most loyal fans. One fan named Justin was singled out as he was holding a sign for Beyoncé, after asking him to intro “Say My Name..”, she tossed him the towel she had been wiping off with to which he quickly joined the “girl power” movement, screaming and jumping around like a giddy little girl, which may not have been a stretch for him.

After watching 27yr old, Beyoncé put on such a spectacle of a show, and fans flock to the merchandise booths, it is no wonder why she topped the Forbes Magazine’s list of “High earners under 30.” Beyoncé is just entering her prime as a solo artist, and while she works to bring her alter ego’s into sync, forming one mega-star, she will continue to top the charts with smashing hits.

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