The Beyoncé Experience

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The Beyoncé Experience
The Beyoncé Experience.jpg
Promotional poster for the Oracle Arena show
World tour by Beyoncé
Associated album B'Day
Start date April 10, 2007
End date November 12, 2007
Legs 5
Shows 13 in Asia
5 in Australia
31 in Europe
46 in North America
1 in Africa
96 in Total
Box office $90 million[1]
Beyoncé concert chronology
Verizon Ladies First Tour
(2004)
The Beyoncé Experience
(2007)
I Am... World Tour
(2009–10)

The Beyoncé Experience was the third concert tour by American recording artist Beyoncé Knowles. It was launched in support of her second studio album, B'Day (2006). The Beyoncé Experience consisted of ninety seven shows in 2007 in five legs with concerts in Asia, Australia, North America, Europe and Africa. Fan-club tickets and VIP packages were on sale in early April and the official date the tickets went on sale was on April 20, 2007. The tour kicked off in April 2007 and finished in November the same year. Knowles collaborated with America's Second Harvest on a campaign for people who fought with famine holding pre-concert food drives at every stop during the tour asking from fans to bring food.

Rehearsals for the tour began in March 2007 and the performances featured music performed by an all-female band called Suga Mama chosen by Beyoncé Knowles and her father Mathew Knowles during auditions held before the release of B'Day. The set list of the concerts included songs from B'Day, Dangerously in Love, ten shortened versions of Destiny's Child's songs as well as "Listen" originally recorded by Knowles for the soundtrack of Dreamgirls (2006). Ten instrumentalists, three harmony vocalists and ten dancers backed Knowles onstage which also had disco balls hanging from the ceilings and stairs that changed their colors. For the wardrobe of the tour, Knowles collaborated with several designers and it contained silvery and sparkly dresses which received praise from critics.

The tour received positive reviews from music critics who praised Knowles' vocal abilities, dancing, choreography and energy on stage during the shows performed simultaneously. The performances of the slow-tempo songs and Destiny's Child's material during the concerts were highlighted by critics. Twenty nine shows were submitted to Billboard's boxscore and they grossed $24.9 million, with 272,521 fans attending the performances. The tour has grossed $90 million from 96 shows in total. Throughout the tour several incidents happened; the pyrotechnics meant for the stage injured two people in the audience, Knowles fell down a flight of stairs during a performance of "Ring the Alarm" and had a wardrobe malfunction. A show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 1, 2007 was relocated to Jakarta, Indonesia due to Malaysia's strict rules surrounding the clothing worn by female performers. The performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California was recorded on September 2, 2007 and was released on November 16, 2007 as a live DVD titled The Beyoncé Experience Live.

Background[edit]

Knowles performing "Flaws and All" in Barcelona. During the performance she was embraced by a male dancer dressed as an angel.

Prior to the commencement of The Beyoncé Experience in support of her second solo studio album B'Day (2006), Beyoncé Knowles performed at the 2007 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with a guest feature from Slim Thug, who features on "Check on It"; she coined the show a "sneak preview" of The Beyoncé Experience.[2] Fan-club tickets and VIP packages for the tour were made available for pre-order in early April on the website WeLoveBeyonce.com and the tickets officially went on sale on April 20, 2007.[3] The tour kicked off on April 10 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, with the first leg ending in Nagoya.[4] The second leg started in Sydney, Australia and finished in the same city. Knowles continued with the third leg in Europe, beginning in Frankfurt, Germany, going through countries such as Spain, Sweden and Portugal, ending the leg with two dates at The Point in Dublin. The US leg of the tour began on July 6 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, as part of the 2007 New Orleans Essence Music Festival, where Knowles headlined. The leg also stopped in Monterrey City, Mexico and finished in Winnipeg, Canada. She then embarked on a final leg of the tour in East Asia/Korea with the final concert taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on December 31, 2007.[5] The Beyoncé Experience eventually visited ninety seven venues in total.[6]

Knowles teamed with America's Second Harvest and Pastor Rudy Rasmus of St. John United Methodist Church for a pre-concert food donation drive which was part of The Beyoncé Experience at every stop.[7] Food was collected for people who fought with famine. Knowles' organization The Survivor Foundation was also involved in the campaign. The first 1,000 fans who would drop off a minimum of three non-perishable food items would receive an autographed photo of Knowles and a raffle ticket for a chance to have an upgraded seat.[8][9][10] For the food drive in Ethiopia, India and Turkey, Houston Chronicle collaborated with Knowles, creating a Virtual Aid Drive and asking people to send money to them. The funds were donated to the Global FoodBanking Network.[11]

Development[edit]

Knowles performing "Naughty Girl" (left) and "Green Light" (right) during the tour. She was backed by her all-female band, called Suga Mama who often performed solo instrumentation during her costume changes.

Early before the release of B'Day in 2006, Knowles held a nationwide audition for female musicians which ended in Sony Music Studios where she and her father and collaborator Mathew Knowles were among the judges. The auditions searched for keyboard players, bassists, guitarists, horn players, percussionists and drummers with stops in New Jersey, Atlanta, Burbank, Chicago and Houston. The musicians were asked to re-create the performance of "Work It Out" from the live album Live at Wembley (2004) and be able to perform at least a one-minute solo.[12] Knowles stated that her goal was to get together a group of "fierce, talented, hungry, beautiful" women and form an all-female band.[13] Speaking about her tour and the decision to form a band, Knowles said, "I'm all about female empowerment. I'm all about pushing the envelope. I know it's my responsibility to do something different. I said, 'I want a band, I want something different.'"[13] She further described the process of choosing the contestants during an interview, saying: "I had worldwide auditions; people flew in from Atlanta, Houston, Israel, all over the world. It was extremely difficult [choosing the winners]. [There are] so many talented women. I wanted only a nine-piece band, but the girls were so amazing, I couldn't decide. I think I'm going to wind up having 12 people so I have two [people playing] certain instruments, because [some of the contenders] were just brilliant. It's a thing called star quality, it's a thing you can't put your finger on, can't describe. When they were playing, I said, 'I want to see y'all battle.' I brought in two of every instrument and that's how I chose. You see the one that really wants it. It was so entertaining, the energy, seeing the girls battle ... God, it was the best. It was magical."[13] Between segments of the show, Suga Mama performed periodic instrumental interludes, with every member giving a solo so Knowles could change her costumes seven times.[14][15][16] Describing them as "fantastic", Eamon Sweeney of the Irish Independent noted that "the interval music works perfectly... but two excruciating drum solos are absolutely unnecessary".[17]

Rehearsals for the tour began in March 2007. The set list of the shows included songs from the standard and deluxe edition of B'Day as well as songs from Dangerously in Love (2003). Ten shortened versions of Destiny's Child's songs were performed, as well as "Listen", a track performed by Knowles on the soundtrack of the 2006 musical drama film Dreamgirls, in which Knowles had starred.[15] Twenty three people were present on stage with Knowles: ten instrumentalists, three harmony vocalists and ten dancers,[15][18] from which only four were male.[19] Anthony Venutolo from The Star-Ledger noted that the inclusion of female persons on stage was "a simple, effective way" to underscore the theme of female empowerment showcased during the concerts.[20] Both Venutolo and Jon Pareles of The New York Times agreed that the shows used men only as dancers for the female audience.[20][21] The conception and staging for the concert was done by Knowles, Kim Burse and Frank Gatson Jr. Gatson, Jonte Moaning, Ramone, Anthony Burrell and Danielle Polanco choreographed the dance routines. The tour was managed by Alan Floyd and its sponsors were Samsung and L'Oréal Paris.[5] 75 stage and crew members and 60 tons of stage equipment, most of which was lighting, were present for the tour.[6] 38 Sennheiser wireless channels were used for the shows and in a different frequency range, 38 backup wireless channels.[22] The engineering team comprised James Berry who handled monitors for the band, Ramon Morales for Knowles, and Horace Ward at front of house. Sixteen of the wireless channels were devoted to personal monitor systems: 11 in stereo and five in mono. Knowles and the rest of the band members had a Sennheiser EK 300 IEM G2 monitoring receiver.[22] Eleven of the channels provided wireless instrument support for guitar, bass and horns, using Sennheiser SK 500 G2 bodypack transmitters. The remaining channels covered Knowles' vocal microphone and those of her backup singers and guest vocalists.[22] Sennheiser EM 3032-U and EM 550 G2 true-diversity receivers with Sennheiser A 5000-CP antennas and AC 3000 combiners rounded out the system. Knowles sang through a nickel Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter outfitted with a Neumann KK 105-S capsule. Ward commented that The KK 105-S was an "absolutely stunning microphone... [it] is beautifully smooth and captures every nuance of a talented vocalist's performance".[22] He specified Sennheiser SKM 935 G2 microphones for the backup and guest vocalists because they sounded "excellent even under less-than-ideal conditions".[22]

Wardrobe and fashion[edit]

Knowles performing during The Beyoncé Experience dressed in sparkly and silvery dresses. The wardrobe of the tour received positive reception from critics, many of whom praised her overall look.

Beyoncé's mother and designer Tina Knowles, House of Deréon, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Elie Saab and Herve Leger served as the designers for the outfits of the tour.[5] Jon Pareles of The New York Times described the clothes as mainly silvery, ranging from miniskirts to formal dresses, flesh-toned bodysuit to bikini to negligee.[21] Pareles further noted that "The wardrobe entices men, but it’s also a means of self-assertion".[21] J. Freedom du Lac of The Washington Post described the costumes during the show as "spangly".[18] Lee Hildebrand of the San Francisco Chronicle praised the costumes saying that "every one [is] fabulously glamorous, most of them tailored to highlight the singer's ample cleavage and a pair of legs to rival Tina Turner's. At one point, when the legs were concealed by a long scarlet gown, wind blew from underneath to expose them."[15] Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe praised the floor-length gown but disliked the tinfoil mini worn by Knowles.[23] Lisnaree Vichitsorasatra of The Nation praised Knowles' look, saying that she was like a "glittering goddess in a revealing outfit".[24] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter also echoed her statements, "to say that Beyonce looks terrific is probably redundant. Her fashion parade of form-fitting, eye-catching costumes -- most notably a belly dancer's get-up in which she demonstrated some hip-shaking moves that indicated Shakira better watch her back -- provided ample opportunities for shameless leering."[14] John Aizlewood of the Daily Mail described the fashion as "majestic".[25] Gordon Smart from the newspaper The Sun praised the "sexy costumes" like the silvery dresses worn by Knowles and added that "her audiences certainly haven’t had a bum deal".[26] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times commented that "the camouflage outfits her male dancers sometimes wore... felt right for a show that sometimes seemed like a military operation, expertly executed."[27] Irish Independent's Eamon Sweeney noted that Knowles looked "absolutely stunning" and added, "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."[17] A writer of The StarPhoenix wrote that Knowles looked like a "silver-clad siren rose" further saying that "it was almost surreal to see the woman who frequents the covers of fashion magazines in the same room".[28] Tonya Turner from The Courier-Mail praised Knowles for looking "every bit the dream girl in a sparkling silver floorlength gown".[29]

Concert synopsis[edit]

The show included many references such as to James Brown and Donna Summer[21] as well as routines inspired by Sweet Charity[14] and Marilyn Monroe.[23] It opened in darkness, with Knowles emerging through a hole in the stage amidst smoke, sparkles and pyrotechnics to perform "Crazy in Love" with a snippet of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" in a sparkling silver gown and walking to the front of the stage,[16][18][30] as fifteen disco balls hung from the ceiling.[18] Her background band started playing the music to the funk song[21] and while singing, Knowles walked up a huge staircase which moved forward in two places where her all-female band and three backup singers were positioned. At the top of the staircase/mini-stage, she tore off the bottom of her dress and walked back down to the main stage.[16] Her three backup singers came down as well and did the "uh-oh" dance from the song with her.[16]

Knowles performing "Speechless" during the tour while seated on a sofa designed like a pair of lips. Lee Hildebrand of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that the singer was "particularly powerful on 'Speechless,' a masterpiece of lyrical minimalism".[15]

During "Freakum Dress" Knowles played an air guitar,[31] while the stage's stairs were lit green during "Green Light" which she performed with six female dancers.[15][16] She wore a belly-dancing outfit, including harem pants,[23] while singing "Baby Boy". She descended the staircase holding an umbrella and was met by three guys wearing fatigues. A short section of the reggae classic "Murder She Wrote" was incorporated into "Baby Boy".[16] During "Beautiful Liar", Knowles sang into a microphone that fell from the ceiling and performed a Shakira-styled dance similar to the song's music video; Shakira appeared on the video screen throughout the song.[24] "Naughty Girl" was also sung with Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" being incorporated and while performing she belly-danced on the song's beat.[14][16] "Me, Myself and I" was performed at a slower tempo than the original recording, after which Knowles sang "Dangerously in Love 2" with a snippet of "He Loves Me" by Jill Scott.[16][20] She cried during "Flaws and All" and showed her "imperfections" before being embraced by a dancer dressed as an angel.[18][19][25] During the performance of the song, she sang wide-eyed in a video close-up.[21] The show continued with Knowles performing a ten-song Destiny's Child medley which contained female solidarity-themed songs.[18][21] Knowles sang "Speechless" while seated on a sofa designed like a pair of lips.[27]

The intro to "Ring the Alarm" paid homage to the "Cell Block Tango" from the film Chicago, as women told of how they had been hurt by men and the performance saw Knowles wearing a red overcoat.[20][23][24] During "Suga Mama", Knowles performed a pole dance.[18] Afterwards Knowles' duets with Jay-Z, "Upgrade U" and "'03 Bonnie & Clyde", were performed. During "Get Me Bodied" she removed the robot costume she was previously sporting to reveal a black and yellow dress to emulate a bee, and further led the crowd in a dance routine.[16][18] "Check on It" was preceded by an instrumental of "The Pink Panther Theme", during which the stairs were colored pink.[15] A Dreamgirls segment was performed, incorporating the title song and "Listen" from the 2006 musical film in which Knowles starred in.[14] The final song on the tour's set list was "Irreplaceable"; it began with the audience singing the first verse to Knowles after she announced "I've been singing my heart out for over two hours. Now it's time for you to sing for me."[15][16] Knowles asked from the crowd to sing along her during the song while video clips of the backing musicians showed them making the "to the left" motion which was a key part of the song. Confetti were also dropped on the stage.[20] As the concert ended, Knowles was walking on the stage and pointing to individual fans saying "I see you!" and describing their clothes or the signs they held.[21]

Critical reception[edit]

"As notable as the supporting cast was, it rarely drew attention away from the star. The show is called 'The Beyonce Experience,' and it lived up to its name, with Beyonce leaving no doubt of her all-around talent. She can sing with the power of a Tina Turner, dance with the military precision of a Janet Jackson, and dress with the over-the-top flair of a Cher. More than just a concert, it's a state-of-the-art arena spectacle -- the best that 2007 has offered, so far."

-Anthony Venutolo of The Star-Ledger in his review of the tour[20]

Entertainment Weekly's Chris Willman awarded the show an A- rating, and commended Knowles' ability to sing and dance simultaneously.[19] Similarly, Shaheem Reid of MTV News commented, "There are few (very few) ladies out there who can really sing, a lot who can dance, a lot more who look good — but really no other who can combine all three and add iconic star power like Miss Knowles, arguably the best all-around stage performer in the game right now."[16] J. Freedom du Lac of The Washington Post praised the concert's fast pace and called it a "pure pop spectacle" further describing it as "brilliant... [and] fiery".[18] He noted that the opening, was with a "dramatic, over-the-top entrance about which every aspiring diva dreams", but however he was disappointed in the show's ending.[18] He further wrote, "Though Beyoncé owned the spotlight, this being her 'Experience' and all, her band co-starred in the show, playing hard and tight behind the singer and vamping expertly for sustained periods whenever Beyoncé left the stage to change."[18] The Daily Mail's John Aizleman was impressed with the high energy Knowles showed during the performance, and lauded the dance choreography, particularly that of "Bills, Bills, Bills". However, Aizleman criticized the appearance of a dancer dressed as an angel at the end of "Flaws and All" as being awkward, and wrote that that moment was reminiscent of a "misguided school nativity play".[25] He further added, "Big, brave and bold, the Beyoncé Experience is how pop music would work if it were choreographed by Busby Berkeley... If anyone had the temerity to doubt Beyoncé's star quality and her place in the diva pantheon, they would doubt no more after last night."[25] Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe wrote in her review that the tour title reminded her of a concert theme park rid and added "[it] was an elaborate affair. It was part Vegas review, part hard-edged rock concert, part sweaty funk and soul revival, part diva concert hall performance, and almost all fun to watch as the singer threw herself into the various settings and costumes".[23] Eamon Sweeney from the Irish Independent described Knowles' performance as "the best pop show on the planet" adding that the title of the tour "does exactly what it says on the tin".[17] David Schmeichel of Jam! wrote that the "Splashy Beyonce 'experience' gives a lesson in diva-hood for pop princesses everywhere", further praising her "goddess" like entrance, vocals and performance which he desrcibed as "tightly scripted as her film forays".[32] Ashante Infantry of the Toronto Star noted that the concerts served as a testament to Knowles' talent and power and compared her with Prince for the versatility and musicianship and Tina Turner for the sass and sheer power.[30] Herald Sun's Cameron Adams also compared Knowles' performing ability to that of Prince, and stated, "Beyoncé is an old-fashioned, all- round entertainer."[33] Jim Harrington writing for San Jose Mercury News graded the tour as an A-plus affair.[34] A writer of The StarPhoenix praised the show, writing that Knowles "set the stage on fire" for two hours. The writer also added that she had "an honest, God-given talent she's not afraid to share. Her songs, ranging from sultry to soulful were performed with all her heart... With a clear passion for showmanship and a voice not easily matched, Beyonce simply bypassed the mediocrity of most concerts and took her performance to another level."[28] Arielle Castillo of Miami New Times heavily praised Knowles' performance, writing that "B performed like her life depended on it; fresh to death choreography, flawless vocals, crazysexy wardrobe and her trademark lioness mane all in A+ form... Beyonce gave the crowd all that they expected, and multiplied that by 1000."[35] She concluded her review by writing that the concert was reminiscent of a Las Vegas show due to the elaborate costumes, sets, and "over-the-topness of the whole thing" further praising Knowles for acting, dancing and singing on stage.[35]

Knowles performing "Listen", a song from the soundtrack album Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture.

The New York Times' Jon Pareles wrote, "She's the woman with everything: the voice, the moves, the songs, the ideas and the clothes. Her two-hour set was a brilliant pop extravaganza that kept the songs at its center."[21] He further noted that Knowles didn't need distractions from her singing, "which can be airy or brassy, tearful or vicious, rapid-fire with staccato syllables or sustained in curlicued melismas. But she was in constant motion".[21] Lee Hildebrand of the San Francisco Chronicle gave a very positive review for the concert and noted that Knowles performed "two fast-paced hours of terrific singing, solid musicianship, spectacular staging and some of the most imaginative choreography ever to have graced the stage of Oracle Arena."[15] Hildebrand further noted that Knowles used "occasional bits of rasp to her ringing mezzo tones to emphasize key lines" while performing the ballads. He wrote that every "twitch, turn, slide and hip shake was in perfect sync" and praised the singer's constant motion most of the time which never left her "out of breath".[15] While reviewing Knowles' concert in Bangkok, Thailand, Lisnaree Vichitsorasatra of The Nation praised her dancing which included "shaking, bouncing and belly dancing, mixed with hip-hop" further comparing it with Shakira's.[24] She further noted that the highlight of the show was when Knowles sang the slow-tempo ballads.[24] The Courier Mail's Tonya Turner praised Knowles' "passionate and fiery" performance accompanied by "frantic booty popping and sexy R&B moves".[29] Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Ann Powers noted that the tour was one of the "modern superstar spectacles that casts the artist's reality onto the level of myth". However, she noted, that "Beyoncé's 'Experience' plays off the performer's well-known struggles and triumphs to build a story that will make fans both gawk and relate. The maddening thing about this dazzling entertainment, though, is that the tale it tells is partly the wrong one."[27] She concluded the review by saying, "Beyoncé is electric in concert yet reined in by her show's post-feminist theme. Why not just let it be about her musical prowess?".[27] Jim Farber of the Daily News praised Knowles' energy and powerful performance on stage, writing "With her triumphant gait, statuesque figure and steely stare, the singer seemed primed not just to perform but to vanquish... Beyoncé sang with a fiery determination, stressing cries and shouts that had no use for subtlety and even less for vulnerability. She danced at an equally mad clip... hitting every mark with a vengeance... A Beyoncé show... has everything to do with power and nothing to do with nuance. It's the kind of thing meant to inspire awe, not intimacy... She sang her songs last night with the force of a rapper, stressing pieces from her two solo albums in a way that made every sound seem percussive."[36] However, Farber criticized the unsure repertoire of songs performed, writing "Many of her tunes prove too skittish to sink in, and some of her rhythms are too robotic to find a groove."[36] Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter noted that the snippets of other artists that Knowles included in her own songs were refreshing and included the fast-paced Destiny's Child medley and the performances of "Get Me Bodied" and "Listen" as highlights of the show. He further noted,

"It's not for nothing that they call this show 'The Beyonce Experience.' Like the summer blockbuster movies crowding theater screens, this tour by the pop/R&B icon resembles not so much a concert as a series of thrillingly staged set pieces. It's safe to say that her fans will not be disappointed by the two-hour extravaganza. From the diva-style opening, when she rises from beneath the stage amidst a blinding sparkler display, to the final audience sing-along on the female-empowering hit 'Irreplaceable,' the star delivers a crowd-pleasing spectacle that offers as much visual as musical stimulation."[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

As reported by a writer of Jet in September 2007, the tour had been selling out in every city it appeared at.[8] In October 2009, when Knowles was chosen for the Woman of the Year Award presented by Billboard magazine, the gross from her tours was revealed. Between April 21 and September 8, 2007 it was reported to the magazine that The Beyoncé Experience grossed $24.9 million and 272,521 fans attended the twenty nine shows which were submitted to the boxscore at that time.[37] The highest-grossing concert of the tour was at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York with $2,744,345.[38] The concert that garnered the most number of attendees was at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig, Philippines on November 7, 2007 with total of 70,000 people in attendance.[39] The Beyoncé Experience has grossed $90 million in 96 shows.[1]

Incidents and cancelled shows[edit]

Knowles performing "Ring the Alarm" in May 2007. During a performance of the song in Orlando, Florida on July 24, she fell down a flight of stairs as her long red coat got caught under her heel.

On July 8, 2007, during the concert in St. Louis, two people in the crowd who attended the show suffered burns after pyrotechnics meant for the stage tumbled into the audience; Knowles visited them in the hospital after the show.[40] During the performance of "Ring the Alarm" at the Orlando, Florida show on July 24, Knowles fell down a flight of stairs. Her heel got caught in the bottom on her long coat and she tripped down; she quickly picked herself up and carried on with the show. After the incident Knowles jokingly asked the audience, not to post the footage on YouTube although she knew they would; several clips were posted on the video-sharing website and went viral. On July 26 YouTube removed many of the clips as they were infringing copyright terms. After an initial removal spree, clips of the incident reappeared on YouTube, and were uploaded to other content-sharing websites such as Dailymotion and eBaum's World.[41] A spokesperson for the singer said she was not injured during the fall, which she described as a "mere spot on an otherwise sensational, flawless show" adding, "Miss Knowles picked herself right up, without missing a beat, showing to all that she is the best."[42] When asked about the fall on CNN, Knowles said that she hit her head and chin and was bruised up.[43] She further noted that she immediately started thinking to get up and continue performing the show harder as an athlete due to the adrenaline she had: "Whenever I do something like that I always perform really, really hard cause it makes me little mad at myself so I just go crazy. So they got a really good show in the end."[43] During her performance in Toronto on August 25, while performing "Déjà Vu", Knowles had a wardrobe malfunction as her dress flew over her head and was speculated to reveal her breast. However, a spokesperson for the singer revealed that the speculations weren't true, "She's wearing a flesh-tone bra! Do you really think Beyoncé would go onstage like that?". The video which was uploaded to YouTube went viral.[44] Powers of Los Angeles Times discussed about the incidents, saying: "As a pop queen, Beyoncé is almost too perfect. A tumble down the stairs onstage in Orlando and a subsequent 'wardrobe malfunction' in Toronto garnered far more attention than was warranted partly because these mistakes contradicted her fiercely athletic style."[27]

Knowles intended to take The Beyoncé Experience to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 1, 2007, however the show was cancelled "due to a scheduling conflict" and relocated at Jakarta, Indonesia.[45] It was speculated by several publications that Knowles shifted the show because of Malaysia's strict rules surrounding the clothing that female performers wear. The government demanded for female performers to cover up from the top of their chests to their knees, including their shoulders. Several publications reported that the news followed an uptick in protests by several conservative groups, including the nearly 10,000-strong National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students, urging the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage to stop the concert from taking place.[46][47] The statement addressed by Knowles' management team stated that the show was cancelled "with regret".[45] The show on October 24 in Istanbul, Turkey was cancelled by the organizer, the sports club Fenerbahçe, due to attacks of Kurdistan Workers' Party in Hakkâri on September 21, 2007.[48]

Broadcasting and recordings[edit]

Knowles performing "Independent Women" with her female background dancers (left) and "Upgrade U" with several male background dancers (right). Her dancing abilities during the shows of the tour received praise from critics.

The show on September 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, two days prior to Knowles' 26th birthday was filmed and later released as a DVD titled The Beyoncé Experience Live. During the show, Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams appeared onstage to finish singing "Survivor"; Jay-Z also contributed his verse to "Upgrade U". At the end of the show Rowland and Williams led the audience in singing "Happy Birthday to You" to Knowles, to mark her birthday two days later.[49] It was released on November 20, 2007 worldwide through Columbia Records.[50] The Beyoncé Experience Live was shown at ninety-six cinemas across the United States on November 19, 2007, one day before its DVD release.[51] Black Entertainment Television (BET) broadcast the show on Thanksgiving Day on November 22, 2007[52] and later on December 18 the same year.[53] It was also broadcast to members of the United States Army serving in the Iraq War through AEG Network[54] and 3sat aired the concert in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on December 31, 2008.[55] The DVD was commercially successful earning five certifications in different countries, including 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 300,000 copies.[56] The performance of "Irreplaceable" during the concert in Madrid was broadcast on the 2007 ALMA Awards through the American Broadcasting Company.[57]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Set list adapted as per The Beyoncé Experience booklet and The Beyoncé Experience Live DVD only for the North American leg of the tour.[5][64]

  • Intro Queen Bee fanfare
  1. "Crazy In Love" (contains excerpts from " Crazy")
  2. "Freakum Dress"
  3. "Green Light"
    • Jazz Throwdown (Instrumental Interlude)
  4. "Baby Boy" (contains a Reggae medley: "Murder She Wrote", "Lost Ones" and "Ring the Alarm")
  5. "Beautiful Liar"
  6. "Naughty Girl"
  7. "Me Myself and I"
    • Dangerously in Love (Dance Interlude)
  8. "Dangerously in Love 2" (contains excerpts from "He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)")
  9. "Flaws and All"
  10. Destiny's Child Medley
    1. "Independent Women Part 1"
    2. "Bootylicious"
    3. "No, No, No"
    4. "Bug a Boo" (H-Town Screwed Down Mix)
    5. "Bills, Bills, Bills"
    6. "Cater 2 U"
    7. "Say My Name"
    8. "Jumpin', Jumpin'"
    9. "Soldier" (contains excerpts from "Crank That (Soulja Boy)")
    10. "Survivor"
  11. "Speechless"
    • Jailhouse Confessions (Dance Interlude)
  12. "Ring the Alarm"
  13. "Suga Mama"
  14. "Upgrade U"
  15. "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (Beyoncé's Prince Mix)
  16. "Check on It"(Special tour version)
  17. "Déjà Vu"
    • Band Jam (Instrumental Interlude)
    • Bumble Bee (Video Interlude)
  18. "Get Me Bodied" (Extended Mix)
  19. "Welcome to Hollywood" (Video Interlude)
  20. "Deena/Dreamgirls Medley"
  21. "Listen"
  22. "Irreplaceable"
Additional notes
  • The order of the songs and band interludes performed during the shows was different for different legs. "Work It Out" was performed only during the leg in Japan.
  • During her concert in Spain in Madrid, Knowles began the performance with the Spanish version of "Irreplaceable", titled "Irreemplazable" which was released on the eponymous EP.[57]
  • During her concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on October 20, 2007, after the final song of the two-hour set had been performed, Knowles got all of her dancers and band members to come on stage. The concert was presented as part of the country's yearlong celebration of its 2,000th year according to the Coptic calendar. At the end of the concert Knowles stated "I want to thank you. You have been one of the best audiences of my lifetime."[63][65] About the wardrobe worn by Knowles during the concert, Anita Powell of the Associated Press noted that she was covered in sequins or shiny, space-age material — from a modern interpretation of a hula girl with shiny black tendrils replacing the grass skirt to a high-necked Victorian-style top.[63]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Asia[5]
April 10, 2007 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
April 11, 2007 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
April 12, 2007
April 14, 2007 Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
Australia[5]
April 21, 2007 Sydney Australia Acer Arena
April 22, 2007 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
April 24, 2007 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
April 25, 2007 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
April 26, 2007 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
Europe[5]
April 30, 2007 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
May 1, 2007 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
May 3, 2007 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
May 4, 2007 Hamar Norway Hamar Olympic Hall
May 5, 2007 Aalborg Denmark Gigantium
May 7, 2007 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
May 8, 2007 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
May 9, 2007 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
May 10, 2007 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
May 12, 2007 Halle Germany Seidensticker Halle
May 13, 2007 Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle
May 14, 2007 Hamburg Color Line Arena
May 16, 2007 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
May 17, 2007 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena
May 18, 2007 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
May 19, 2007 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
May 24, 2007 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
May 26, 2007 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
May 27, 2007 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi
May 29, 2007 Marseille France Le Dôme de Marseille
May 30, 2007 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
June 1, 2007 Birmingham England LG Arena
June 2, 2007 London Wembley Arena
June 3, 2007
June 5, 2007 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
June 6, 2007 Nottingham England Trent FM Arena Nottingham
June 7, 2007 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
June 9, 2007 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
June 10, 2007
North America[66][67][68][not in citation given]
July 6, 2007 New Orleans United States Louisiana SuperdomeA
July 7, 2007 Memphis FedExForum
July 8, 2007 St. Louis Scottrade Center
July 11, 2007 Monterrey Mexico Arena Monterrey
July 13, 2007 Dallas United States American Airlines Center
July 14, 2007 Houston Toyota Center
July 15, 2007 San Antonio AT&T Center
July 18, 2007 Nashville Sommet Center
July 20, 2007 Atlanta Philips Arena
July 21, 2007 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
July 22, 2007 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center
July 24, 2007 Orlando Amway Arena
July 27, 2007 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
July 28, 2007 Raleigh RBC Center
July 29, 2007 Charlotte Charlotte Bobcats Arena
July 31, 2007 Albany Times Union Center
August 1, 2007 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
August 3, 2007 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena
August 4, 2007 New York City Madison Square Garden
August 5, 2007
August 8, 2007 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
August 9, 2007 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
August 10, 2007 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
August 11, 2007 Atlantic City Etess Arena
August 12, 2007 Boston TD Banknorth Garden
August 14, 2007 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
August 15, 2007 Toronto Air Canada Centre
August 17, 2007 Auburn Hills United States The Palace of Auburn Hills
August 18, 2007 Chicago United Center
August 19, 2007 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
August 22, 2007 Denver Pepsi Center
August 24, 2007 Phoenix US Airways Center
August 25, 2007 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 26, 2007 San Diego Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl
August 28, 2007 Fresno Save Mart Center
August 30, 2007 Stateline Harveys Outdoor Arena
August 31, 2007 Oakland Oracle Arena
September 1, 2007 Anaheim Honda Center
September 2, 2007 Los Angeles Staples Center
September 7, 2007 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
September 8, 2007 Portland United States Rose Garden
September 10, 2007 Boise Taco Bell Arena
September 11, 2007 Spokane Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
September 13, 2007 Edmonton Canada Rexall Place
September 14, 2007 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
September 15, 2007 Winnipeg MTS Centre
Europe[5]
October 17, 2007 Moscow Russia Olimpiysky
Africa[63]
October 20, 2007 Addis Ababa Ethiopia Millennium Hall
Europe[5]
October 22, 2007 Cluj-Napoca Romania Stadionul Ion Moina
Asia[5]
October 27, 2007 Mumbai India MMRDA Grounds
October 30, 2007 Bangkok Thailand Impact Arena
November 1, 2007 Jakarta Indonesia JITEC Arena
November 3, 2007 Cotai Strip Macau Venetian Arena
November 5, 2007 Shanghai China Shanghai Indoor Stadium
November 7, 2007 Taguig Philippines Fort Bonifacio
November 9, 2007 Seoul South Korea Olympic Gymnastics Arena
November 10, 2007
November 12, 2007 Taipei Taiwan Zhongshan Soccer Stadium
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A^ This show was part of the Essence Music Festival.[3]

Box office score data[edit]

Note that list and total only include 24 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
Acer Arena Sydney 13,476 / 13,476 (100%) $1,230,623[38]
Continental Airlines Arena East Rutherford 10,923 / 15,704 (70%) $1,177,040[38]
Madison Square Garden New York City 26,109 / 26,109 (100%) $2,744,345[38]
Verizon Center Washington, D.C. 13,248 / 13,248 (100%) $1,242,263[38]
Wachovia Center Philadelphia 11,956 / 13,851 (86%) $1,155,901[38]
United Center Chicago 11,682 / 14,961 $1,051,165[69]
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas 10,171 / 10,171 (100%) $1,251,970[38][69]
Oracle Arena Oakland 9,882 / 13,404 $905,642[69]
Staples Center Los Angeles 11,664 / 13,797 (85%) $1,301,488[69]
TOTAL 272,521 $24,900,000[37]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel adapted as per The Beyoncé Experience booklet and The Beyoncé Experience Live DVD.[5][64]

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