4:48 pm - 03/28/2009



Friday night's Beyonce concert in Saskatoon was all about the spectacle. A dimmer star would fade amidst the strategically lit-up codpiece, the Cirque du Soleil-style flying and the troupe of backup dancers wearing nothing but skintight PVC.

But Beyonce is no ordinary performer. From note one, the 27-year-old powerhouse rose above all the gimmicks, mastering the show like a sexy alien overlord princess. Nothing but extraterrestrial origins could explain that voice.

Opening with the song Deja Vu from her album B'Day, Beyonce emerged on the complex stage and the overdressed audience happily rose out of Credit Union Centre's plastic seats. She sparkled in a gold bodysuit with a massive bow bustle -- the first of many pantless costumes. Flanked by an all-female band, the night unfolded with hit after hit, all starring a woman who could perform circles around any other pop star today.

The Saskatoon concert was just the second stop on a tour that will eventually traverse the globe. Edmonton, a seemingly odd choice, was privy to the very first Beyonce I Am . . . stop. The StarPhoenix wasn't allowed to shoot photos of the show, but plenty have already been leaked online thanks to cellphone cameras. One can't help but wonder if holding the first few shows in smaller cities was meant to work out any kinks before the tour reaches bigger markets. If that was the case it wasn't necessary, because Saskatoon's show was nothing short of spectacular.

Beyonce already has a huge catalogue of hits to draw from thanks to her solo records, her role in Destiny's Child and her work in movies. She wailed -- not just sang -- Crazy in Love, Naughty Girl, Freakum Dress, Radio and Check On It. There was also a DC medley that, of course, featured the aptly named Bootylicious. A surprise Canadian shout out -- for those who didn't read the Edmonton reviews -- came when she sang excerpts of You Oughta Know by Alanis Morisette and Angel by Sarah McLachlan.

The fierceness that is her sassy half Sasha made for the most danceable, fun moments of the show, but Beyonce also slowed it down for the angelic Halo and If I Were a Boy.

But the woman can do more than sing. Her Tina Turner legs -- and dance moves to match -- and confident, yet down-to-earth, charm were all on display. It is rare to see someone perform that hard when they could simply rely on blessed vocal cords.

Beyonce doesn't really need the bells and whistles of a big stadium show, but it sure makes for an unforgettable concert. And as she says in the song Ego, "I walk like this 'cuz I can back it up."

Former Canadian Idol contestant Eva Avila opened the show. Though she has grown since her stint on the TV talent show, an overactive smoke machine and blinding spotlights obscured her performance. Plus, at only four songs, the petite singer didn't get much of a chance to fulfil her warming-up duties. At best, Avila offered a pretty voice and a few average pop songs. Her performance was nice, but the Owe It All To You singer will be the last thing on the mind's of Saskatoon concertgoers today.

source: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Entertainment/REVIEW+Beyonce+ordinary+performer/1438494/story.html

ETA: since Glutney fans won't shut the fuck up:
typical Beyonce performance:

typical Britney peformance:

one sings LIVE, dances, and sounds good while doing it. the other lipsynchs and looks like a middle schooler who took a few hip hop dance ~classes~


she can sing, she can dance, she can perform, and she can ENTERTAIN. anyone who thinks different is a GARBAGE MOUTHED LIAR.

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jesusthemartian 28th-Mar-2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I like her ok. She's just kind of bleh. Like, whatever.
oakenshield 28th-Mar-2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
from the post below with the photos, her outfits are all kinds of redic - especially the white floating dress thing
gingerslam2 28th-Mar-2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
or this lovely ensemble by Hanes Her Way?
pink_elephant89 28th-Mar-2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
she looks skinny there
potatoboat 28th-Mar-2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
lmao she performed in her underwear?!?
ex_partyhar 28th-Mar-2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
lmao why
college 28th-Mar-2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
part of her down to earth charm tbh
ecctv 28th-Mar-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
omg i can see the line
shopaholics 28th-Mar-2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
um she is always ridiculous

lameasslivi 28th-Mar-2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
she is an entertainer not a singer
lameasslivi 28th-Mar-2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
in single ladies -she was speaking in rhythm not singing and that is what she usually does
college 28th-Mar-2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
nah because that would say "she is a ham, not an artist"
kenzainfluenza 28th-Mar-2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
It is rare to see someone perform that hard when they could simply rely on blessed vocal cords.

lol wot? its common knowledge that bey has a good voice.
notthatinnocent 28th-Mar-2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
She's both, actually. It's a rare combo, but Bey does it.
shopaholics 28th-Mar-2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
um no. she can do both.

pink_elephant89 28th-Mar-2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
oh please...bitch can sing circle around 80% of her competition
donskii 28th-Mar-2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
you're on crack...
toy_soldierrr 28th-Mar-2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you.
coulditbesatan 28th-Mar-2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
troll alert
chicaintcheap 28th-Mar-2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
icon says it all.
hayzaaay 28th-Mar-2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
"down-to-earth charm"

potatoboat 28th-Mar-2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
does anyone know where i can find the full setlist?
shopaholics 28th-Mar-2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
1. Sweet Dreams
2. Crazy In Love - Sax Solo
3. Naughty Girl
4. Freakum Dress
5. Get Me Bodied
6. Smash Into You
7. Ave Maria - Sarah McLachlan "Angel"
8. Satellites
9. Halo
10. If I Were A Boy - Alanis Morissette "You Oughta Know"
11. Diva
12. Radio
13. Me, Myself, and I
14. Ego - Trumpet Solo
15. Hello
16. Deja Vu - Instrumental
17. Baby Boy/You Don't Love Me (No No No)
18. Irreplaceable
19. Bootylicious/Jumpin', Jumpin'
20. Upgrade U
21. Video Phone
22. Say My Name
23. Independent Women
24. Bills, Bills, Bills
25. No, No, No/Survivor (off-stage)
26. At Last (Inauguration footage)
27. Listen
28. Broken Hearted Girl
29. Scared of Lonely
30. Dangerously In Love/Sweet Love cover
31. Single Ladies
32. Flaws And All
notthatinnocent 28th-Mar-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Now that's a good set list, other than certain other pop stars.
potatoboat 28th-Mar-2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
i can dig it. britney's suck, she has like 3 songs from circus.
gingerslam2 28th-Mar-2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
they say she wailed like it's a good thing....
elisabet85 28th-Mar-2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
sexy alien overlord princess.

this made me lol irl
notthatinnocent 28th-Mar-2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
She's only 27? I always think she's older, I don't know why. That's the only part of the article that popped out at me.
gingerslam2 28th-Mar-2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
cause she's been around foreeeverrrrr
notthatinnocent 28th-Mar-2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
I think it's because of the rumors that she was older than 15/16 when she started and I just always looked at her as like, late teens/early 20's instead of the age she said, lol.
witnessthine 28th-Mar-2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
cause she is! everyone in hollywood is older than they actually say they are lol. I figure she's at least 30.
whoreny 28th-Mar-2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
When Christina Britney were little girls in the mickeymouse club, she looked 18.
untiitled 28th-Mar-2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
i feel like the tour was announced yesterday
pink_elephant89 28th-Mar-2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
haha, srsly! i felt like i heard about britney's for months
loveology101 28th-Mar-2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
i thought the same thing.

Maybe I just didn't anticipate hers like I did BRITNEY's!
astormatsea 28th-Mar-2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
i be on the hotline like errrrydayyyy
college 28th-Mar-2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
~makin sho the dj know what i want him tah play
b_mckinley 28th-Mar-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Making sure the dj know what I want him to play
college 28th-Mar-2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
i cant wait until the AMERICAN leg. thats when shit gets intense and extreme. it'll be like diva star wars meets ru paul with a little tyra.

concert footage shot by a world renown photographer, with a 6 page spread and cover in seventeen magazine.
b_mckinley 28th-Mar-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yes it will be AMAZING
lastshotringing 28th-Mar-2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh Lawd, the Star Phoenix.
bitterascandy 29th-Mar-2009 12:45 am (UTC)
haha lololol

ia ia

Two days after my birthday a few years ago there was a snowstorm... there was like a seven page Star Phoenix spread on that shit, including first page. AND BIG LETTERED HEADLINES.
donskii 28th-Mar-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
great review!
college 28th-Mar-2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
pink_elephant89 28th-Mar-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
she is an AMAZING performer...it really is crazy how much she does and never cracks a single note.
hardworking bitch, bettah respect!
toy_soldierrr 28th-Mar-2009 09:04 pm (UTC)




college 28th-Mar-2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
shopaholics 28th-Mar-2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
donskii 28th-Mar-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
O SNAP! high five, gf
toy_soldierrr 28th-Mar-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
GURL, that ain't my face. I'm not fat, I'm a GUY, and I wouldn't be caught dead at a Yonka concert. Next!
whoreny 28th-Mar-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
He's a male.
And get this, he's a straight male.

What a mindfuck :O
showmorepink 28th-Mar-2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
shopaholics 28th-Mar-2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
umm..i don't know what you're trying to prove sweety.

britney can't sing..can't dance..can't perform
so your "point" is null and void.

nice try though.
whoreny 28th-Mar-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Only not so and Britney wishes she could have just half of Beyonce's performing talent.
bubblingsyntax 28th-Mar-2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
chicaintcheap 28th-Mar-2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
why did you feel obligated to post this comment twice? it was lame and untrue the first time and it's STILL lame and untrue. NEXT.
whoreny 28th-Mar-2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
I like how you used a picture of Britney from like 2004 to compare to Beyonce now.

It quite sad holding on to the old Britney like you do so hard.
mister_ob 28th-Mar-2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
skankattack 28th-Mar-2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
ugh don't start this
coedcamper 28th-Mar-2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
burnbabyburn 28th-Mar-2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
you are so sad.
who gives a fuck about costumes? to be honest, britney and bey both have nice outfits for their current tours.

of course, only one has any talent.
mundodeamor 28th-Mar-2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
You're trying too hard.
loveology101 28th-Mar-2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
WHy is she trying to be Miss lifestyles of the rich and famous??
righteous_twist 29th-Mar-2009 12:58 am (UTC)
At least Beyonce looks good in the outfits, lol.
alicecantdance 29th-Mar-2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Whatever, I wouldn't go to see either because they both suck a fat one.
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