What more appropriate way to welcome the storm known as Beyonce than with rumbles of thunder so severe it rattled rib cages and caused skin vibrations?
On the third date of her three-month long “Formation World Tour,” the Queen Bey made an Atlanta entrance befitting her status as R&B royalty, marching onto the stage with her black-hat-clad posse in “Formation” and immediately hitting the gyration button.
“I know I’m gonna have a good ol’ time tonight,” she told the sold-out Georgia Dome crowd that included nearly every significant Atlanta hip-hop star – T.I., Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross (some of whom performed during DJ Khaled’s opening set) – as well as heavyweights Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Diddy.
While the two-hour show wasn’t flawless from an audio standpoint – “Bow Down” and “Run the World (Girls)” were flooded with so much bass, it didn’t matter how many times Beyonce galloped in place, teasingly edged toward the front of the stage or blinked prettily under glitter-shadowed eyes, they were painful to endure – she has designed a production that manages to be simultaneously sleek and gargantuan.
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