The Super Bowl halftime show has turned into a 12-minute commercial for an upcoming tour, so it’s no surprise that Beyonce’s spectacle was followed by the announcement of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the first time she’s hit the road since her since 2009’s I Am ... World Tour.
Not that it matters to Pittsburghers. Although Destiny's Child's retirement tour rolled through the Mellon Arena in 2005, Beyonce has yet to bring one of her solo tours here, and this one isn't coming either.
Pittsburgh has never been considered a hot market for R&B and dance-pop, which is why we haven't seen much of Rihanna or Mary J. Blige. Usher and Madonna came and drew well here. Chris Brown did not, although he's a different story altogether.
As for Beyonce, would the Super Bowl performance have sent you dashing for Ticketmaster, or will you be scrambling to get tickets in Detroit or Philly?
It was obviously just a snapshot of what she'll be doing on tour and, if Madonna is our guide, it might not even resemble it visually. For me, the game, despite the great finish, was painful to watch because of who was in it, and Beyonce did little to salvage the situation. Beyonce, unquestionably, has one of the best voices in her genre, but this wasn't about vocal quality or soulfulness. It seemed more like a jazzercise class, if that's what they still call it, with some really hot dancers.
She said, after the inauguration controversy, that she would sing live at the Super Bowl. It's hard to believe there wasn't a backup track because it sounded as processed as it looked. Like the Madonna halftime, it was filtered to resemble a video or movie of a live performance.
If you want the real B, here are the dates:
The Mrs. Carter Show Tour dates:
» 6/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
» 6/29 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
» 7/2 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion at San Jose
» 7/5 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
» 7/6 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
» 7/9 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
» 7/10 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
»? 7/12 - Atlanta, GA @ The Arena @ Gwinnett Center
» 7/13 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
» 7/15 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
» 7/17 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
» 7/18 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
» 7/20 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
» 7/21 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» 7/22 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
» 7/23 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
» 7/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
» 7/26 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
» 7/27 - Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
» 7/29 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
» 8/2 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
» 8/3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Go to her site for more details.