Friday 19 October 2018

Queen of pop: brilliant Beyonce is brash but fun

Beyonce on-stage at The Point
Beyonce on-stage at The Point

Beyoncé

BEYONCE Giselle Knowles isn't just content with being a member of the world's best-selling girl group of all time. After successful stints as a fashion designer, producer, actress and model, now the Texan is launching her bid to put on the best pop show on the planet.

The tour is subtitled 'The Beyonce Experience' and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Beyonce makes her entrance from underneath the stage, immediately bursting into the all-singing and dancing superstar that has sold out two nights with ease.

Her best ever single and perhaps the greatest R'n'B track ever recorded, 'Crazy in Love', announces her arrival, but Knowles takes a trick out of Kylie Minogue's book and segues a short cover of Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' into her calling card anthem. As curtain openings go, they don't get better than this.

The all-female 10-piece backing band are also fantastic.

Of course, there has to be several costume changes to facilitate Miss Knowles' array of sparkling outfits.

Sometimes, the interval music works perfectly, such as when they drop the Pink Panther theme tune, but two excruciating drum solos are absolutely unnecessary.

It almost goes without saying that Miss Knowles looks absolutely stunning. I have to confess that the sight of Beyoncé ripping off a short cocktail dress to reveal a barely there bodysuit will linger in my memory for years to come.

While a few more hit tunes wouldn't go amiss, Knowles is still only 25. I wouldn't be too surprised that if over time she accumulates a catalogue of hits to rival Kylie or Madonna.

EAMON SWEENEY

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