REVIEW: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Focus on Love at US Bank Stadium

Beyonce and Jay-Z perform on the 'On The Run II' tour at US BANK Stadium on Aug. 8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Andrew White/Parkwood/PictureGroup
Beyonce and Jay-Z perform on the 'On The Run II' tour at US BANK Stadium on Aug. 8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

August 09, 2018 01:12 PM

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have chosen to fight for their love. The power couple walked out hand-in-hand, dressed in pure white, presenting a united front Wednesday night at US Bank Stadium during their On The Run II tour.

They opened their close to two-and-a-half hour set with “Holy Grail.”  

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Their past was a bit rocky as allegations emerged of the powerful duo facing marital problems -- just two years ago Beyoncé released “Lemonade” the album but more importantly the HBO documentary confessional where she was honest with fans about the infidelity and resentment towards her husband.

In June 2017, Jay-Z released “4:44” his 13th studio album where he not only confesses but also apologizes. The album is candid, raw. “I apologize often womanize/ Took for my child to be born/ See through a woman’s eyes/ Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles/ Took me too long for this song/ I don’t deserve you.”

Both Beyoncé and Jay-Z had plenty of time to take fans down memory lane. Crowd favorites included Queen B’s greatest hits like “Drunk in Love” and “Crazy in Love” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.”

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Things got a little awkward and very emotional as Beyoncé was seen wiping away tears before singing, “I Care.” She left the stage, and Jay-Z appeared at the front of the very long catwalk, closer to fans at the back of the arena, as he sang “4:44” followed by “Song Cry.”

While love, family, hurt and forgiveness were strong themes of the night, there was also a focus on female empowerment. As Beyoncé and her crew of talented dancers performed “Formation” and “Run the World (Girls)” excerpts from critically-acclaimed Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi played on the screen behind them followed by a single word in bold letters: FEMINIST.

“Despite their drama, Beyoncé and Jay-Z always seem to put their family first which I admire. When you see them sing together, it’s moving. I especially loved when they showed the video of them with their children,” said Marielle from Woodbury.

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The last few songs were familiar covers that did a nice job of showcasing love. The couple came out hand-in-hand as they did their first song, but this time they wore matching black outfits. They gently swayed and the audience turned to puddles as they joined in singing, “Young Forever” and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” Displayed on the big screen behind them read: "This is Real Love."

DJ Khaled was the opening act in previous cities on the OTR II tour but was MIA last night in Minneapolis. Sisters, Chloe and Halle opened.

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