Aug 4, 2014
Beyoncé, Jay Z unstoppable at the Rose Bowl despite rain
By Brittany Taylor, The Pasadena Star-News
PASADENA >> Jay Z and Beyoncé are powerhouse performers on their own, but when the two music moguls are together they are unstoppable — no matter what Mother Nature throws at them.
During a raining night at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, the power couple wowed fans during who didn’t mind getting soaked.
“It could have hailed if it wanted. Nothing was stopping me,” said 21-year-old Savannah Barker of San Juan Capistrano after the nearly three-hour show.
The night started with Beyoncé and Jay Z on the large screens playing fictionalized versions of themselves as bandits a la Bonnie and Clyde, the roles the duo took on for their On the Run Tour. Then right on cue, Jay Z and Beyoncé went right into “‘03 Bonnie and Clyde.”
The pair continued with some of their top hits like “Upgrade U,” “Crazy in Love” and “Drunk in Love.” Beyoncé also lent her voice to Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” which originally a song featuring Justin Timberlake.
While Beyoncé performed hip-shaking choreography with her dancers, Jay Z appeared on stage a lone with a microphone for some of his greatest hits like “I Just Wanna Luv U” and “Big Pimpin.”
During his performance of “Song Cry,” a video of Beyoncé in a white lace wedding dress walking slowly down the aisle. The scene later turned into Jay Z giving her shooting lessons and her being gunned down at the end. The black and white video set an intimate mood for the mega concert as Jay Z continued.
Mrs. Carter also shared some quiet moments when she sang a cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” as well as her song “Resentment.” During “Resentment” she changed the lyrics to reflect how long she has been with Jay Z, prompting some to question divorce rumors about the Carters.
The two-night Pasadena stop, which included a second show at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, comes after several controversial headlines about the couple, starting with an altercation in an elevator with Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles, in May. On top of that, Jay Z and Beyoncé, who had a daughter in 2012, have been all the buzz on the rumor mill as tabloids report their marriage will end after the tour concludes next month.
Despite the drama, both performers have had a busy, successful run together. Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, announced he’ll be bringing his Made In America Festival to Grand Park in downtown L.A. during Labor Day weekend while Beyoncé has seen continuous praise for her surprise album she dropped in December.
The Rose Bowl is also having a good year with Rihanna and Eminem making a stop there Aug. 7-8 for their Monster tour. But this weekend was all about the Carters as they were set to play Saturday and Sunday.
Later into the evening, the tempo turned up as Beyoncé’s costumes got racier. At one point she donned a meshed leotard with a mesh hood on her face. She also paired a jacket with the word “Texas” on the back, with a white shirt and high-wasted shorts that paid tribute to her “Crazy in Love” video.
Many fans were excited to hear songs from the visual album “Beyoncé,” and were treated with “Partition,” which produced similar images to the video’s burlesque-inspired show.
Barker was particularly excited for this performance because it is one of her favorite songs.
“The song is sexy and fierce,” Barker said.
The Carters ended the night with a performance of “Forever Young” and gave the audience a small glimpse into their lives with footage from their wedding as well as video taken during Beyoncé’s pregnancy with their daughter, Blu Ivy Carter. The screen on stage later flashed the words “This Is Real Life” as the audience waved their cellphones and lighters in the air.