September 11th will always be a day of remembrance and reflection for New Yorkers, but this year Jay-Z sent out a call and answered without a shadow of a doubt. New Yorkers made their way through the downpour of showers to Madison Square Garden to witness Hov deliver a knock out performance. The Jay-Z and friends concert proceeds were donated to the New York Police And Fire Widows’ And Children’s Benefit Fund providing awareness to this worthy cause as well as an additional boost of pride on the usual somber day.
The friends that came out for this show included Kid Cudi, Diddy, John Mayer, Memphis Bleek, Pharell, Kanye West, Rihanna, Santo Gold and Jigga’s wife, the diva Ms. Bey. The tickets sold out faster than a New York minute and thanks to Fuse those who were unable to witness the concert live were able to see the concert without interruption.
The energy that was circling at the Garden was crazy. The concert was a genuine celebration of every life lost in the 911 attacks. Every time another artist came out on stage the energy heightened. Everyone was rocking and singing along, it was the best representation of hip hop I have witnessed in a long time and made me realized why I loved this music. The Garden has played host to many events, this will undoubtedly rank in the top of all time. I just hope Jigga will give us an encore next year.
That it I am referring to was Beyonce’s “I AM…” world tour. I checked out the show at Madison Square Garden on June 23rd and can honestly say even P.T. Barnum would have fallen crazy in love with this display of fabulousness.
French designer Thierry Mugler has always been known for his fashion forward, futuristic designs. Both Beyonce and alter ego Sasha sashay in some the best work from Mr. Mugler since George Michael’s Too Funky video. He mixes opulence, sexiness and strength seamlessly.
Beyonce’s all-female band can be summed up on one word, rockin’. These ladies can jam and made sure that crowd did not remain in their seat for too long. I also enjoyed the background vocals from “The Mommas.” These ladies reminded me of days when Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes sang behind Sylvester. They’re thick, beautiful and full of soul.
The show began with Crazy In Love and featured a special on stage surprise from Jigga himself. Beyonce performed songs from “Dangerously In Love”, “B-Day” and “I am…Sasha Fierce.” My favorite highlights included If I Were A Boy (in which Beyonce broke into Alanis Morrissette’s break-up classic You Oughta Know), Baby Boy (in which “the diva” was hoisted above the crowd with wire cable, performing mid-air somersaults ala Cirque du Soleil), Ava Maria (which shows just how Beyonce has grown vocally since her days with Destiny’s Child), At Last (which shows video footage from the march on Washington, D.C. and ends with footage of the first couple dancing at one of the Inaugural balls), and of course Single Ladies, the new anthem for single ladies everywhere.
Another favorite of mine was the Ego interlude because that was what the show had, ego from beginning to end. Beyonce’s “I AM…” tour delivered in every way imaginable. The wardrobe changes on stage were effortless. She performed all her hits even those from Destiny’s Child. The choreography is upbeat and sensual with hip swinging, booty shaking, leg jiggling and hair flipping action that would make the great Tina Turner proud. The energy that was exchanged between Beyonce and the crowd would make anyone feel as if they had been hit with a lightening bolt. The show provided glamour, excitement and empowerment. It didn’t matter what seat you are in, you were included in the party. Whether you called the show fierce, fabulous or fun, it was…all of that!