Beyoncé performing during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in August 2013. After its completion of 132 shows, the tour went on to become Beyoncé's highest grossing of her career, producing US $229.7 million in revenue.
American singer Beyoncé has embarked on six concert tours during her solo career, four of which have been worldwide and two of which have been collaborative.[nb 1] Her solo tour debut (whilst on hiatus with Destiny's Child) began in 2003, with the Dangerously in Love Tour. Based predominantly in the United Kingdom, the tour received an unfavorable review from Dave Simpson of The Guardian based on Beyoncé's costumes and a confusion of her core audience at the time. In 2007, she embarked on her first major solo world tour – The Beyoncé Experience, following Destiny's Child's disbandment in 2005. The tour visited five continents and Beyoncé was lauded by music journalism for her simultaneous dancing and singing abilities. Following the release of her 2008 third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé embarked on her next world concert venture, the I Am... World Tour. She collaborated with Thierry Mugler exclusively for the tour's costumes. The I Am... World Tour also marked the first time Beyoncé had performed in South American countries. Beyoncé saw her most commercially successful tour to date with 2013-2014's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Grossing US $229,727,960, the 132 date venture was criticised for the name of the tour, as Beyoncé appeared to be letting herself be known as simply Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's wife, despite being proclaimed as a "modern-day feminist". The tour itself however was lauded by music critics, who again praised Beyoncé's performance abilities and the more advanced production seen compared to her previous tours.
Beside her solo live performances, Beyoncé has also embarked on two collaborative tours. In 2004, she embarked on The Verizon Ladies First Tour in which she co-headlined with Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott. Beyoncé and Keys were widely regarded as the stars of the North American show, although generally, music critics praised the entire ensemble. In 2014, Beyoncé took part in her second collaborative tour; the On the Run Tour, in which she was co-headlining with her aforementioned husband, Jay-Z. The all-stadium tour that took place predominantly in North America as well as two performances in Paris, France, came after both Beyoncé and Jay-Z had finished their own solo tours. The tour was commended for its extensive theme and cinematic storyline, as well as both performers onstage abilities. It grossed US $109.7 million, ranking as the fifth highest grossing tour of 2014.
Outside of extensive world tours, Beyoncé has also performed a variety of residency shows and smaller, promotional tours. 2009's I Am... Yours was carried out amongst the time the I Am... World Tour was ongoing. Other residency shows include 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé, carried out in August 2011 to promote Beyoncé's fourth studio album 4, and 2012's Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live, regarded as her postbirth comeback performance, after giving birth in January 2012. In 2013, Beyoncé headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, performing a medley of her solo and Destiny's Child recordings (with the latter reuniting on stage for a surprise performance). Generating 110.8 million viewers, the performance is currently the fifth most watched halftime show of all time in the United States, behind Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna and Coldplay. She was featured as a special guest during Coldplay's performance at the show in 2016 along with Bruno Mars.
The Dangerously in Love Tour was Beyoncé's first solo concert tour. Its set list mainly drew from her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), but also included songs by Destiny's Child and from the 2003 musical film The Fighting Temptations, in which Beyoncé stars. The tour comprised six shows in England and one each in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the Netherlands. Dave Simpson of The Guardian felt that Beyoncé took too much time off the stage when changing outfits and noted the show did not "fit" with her target audience at the time. A London concert was recorded and released in 2004 as Live at Wembley.
Beyoncé's first co-headlining venture, The Verizon Ladies First Tour, featured American R&B-soul singer Alicia Keys and American rapperMissy Elliott, with Canadian singer Tamia as their tour guest. The show toured around the United States and was co-sponsored by Steve Madden and L'Oréal. The tour was generally praised by critics, with Beyoncé and Keys particularly being hailed for their elaborative performances.
Serving as Beyoncé's first worldwide solo tour, The Beyoncé Experience supported her second studio album, B'Day (2006). The tour featured an all female band under the name "Suga Mama", chosen by Beyoncé after holding auditions prior to the tour's beginning. Unlike her first solo tour, Beyoncé was praised by music critics for her onstage performance abilities, including her execution of simultaneous singing and dancing. Shaheem Reid of MTV News commented on The Beyoncé Experience stating, "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 [Beyoncé], arguably the best all-around stage performer in the game right now." The show was filmed on September 2, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was released as the live albumThe Beyoncé Experience Live on November 20, 2007.
Launched in support of I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), the I Am... World Tour was Beyoncé's second worldwide tour and served as the first time she had toured in South America. The singer collaborated exclusively with Thierry Mugler for her tour costumes, as well as those of her band and dancers. She commented that performing in the "elaborate" outfits was a hard-point of the tour. Critics provided favorable reviews for the tour's energetic performances, praising the singer's vocal performances, dance choreographs and the different songs present on the set list. The I Am... World Tour earned US $119.5 million becoming Beyoncé's highest grossing tour at that time. It was filmed in various cities throughout the world and on November 30, 2010, a live DVD/CD concert film named I Am... World Tour was released.
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour featured Beyoncé's most advanced production to date, with critics noting a mass improvement from her previous tours. The tour was Beyoncé's third consecutive worldwide concert tour venture and also became her longest running, spanning over 2013-2014. The 2013 shows of the tour were recognised as not having a specific supporting album (with her latest studio album 4, 2011, being two years old at the time). However, in December 2013, Beyoncé's fifth studio album Beyoncé was unexpectedly released and the 2014 shows of the tour predominantly supported this album within the set list. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour was a worldwide commercial success, grossing US $229,727,960 from the 132 shows in revenue, becoming one of the highest grossing tours of the decade.HBO aired Beyoncé: X10: A ten episode series of four-minute performance segments from different songs during the tour.
June 25, 2014 – September 13, 2014 (America, France)
The On the Run Tour was the all stadium-tour, headlined by Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z (whom she married in 2008). The tour was critically lauded for its movie-style theme and cinematic production. Both Beyoncé and Jay-Z were critically praised also for their onstage performance abilities, with critics commending Beyoncé for her intricate choreographies with her background dancers and Jay-Z for holding the stage and working the crowd alone. However, some felt the potential chemistry and "banter" between the couple was not what it could have been on stage. $1 from each ticket sold went to the "Shawn Carter Foundation" set up to "help and support existing students of the foundation that represent diverse backgrounds, and face significant barriers to success such as teen pregnancy, homelessness, poverty, former incarceration, sexual and domestic abuse, and gang membership." Following the conclusion of the North American leg, Billboard reported a gross of US $96 million from 19 sold-out concerts. The husband and wife co-bill of Beyoncé and Jay Z brought in $109.7 gross million, ranking at 5th highest grossing tour of 2014 with 21 total shows.
Whilst the I Am... World Tour was ongoing, Beyoncé carried out a four night residency show at the Encore at Wynn in Las Vegas from July 30 to August 2, 2009, under the separate show name I Am... Yours. Inspired by concerts of her favorite musical artists in the city, the singer wanted to perform a special show different from its corresponding tour only backed by a small band and several dancers. A live DVD of the show was released in late November 2009 and a one-hour Thanksgiving television special which aired on ABC News followed several days later.
Beyoncé performed four exclusive shows at Revel Atlantic City between May 25–28 to celebrate the casino's opening. The concerts were considered her comeback to the stage and the music business as the singer gave birth to her first child in January, earlier that year; another name used for the residency show was Back to Business. It featured various costume changes and video projections on the screen onstage and Beyoncé was backed by an all-female band and ten dancers. Excerpts of the live performances from the show were featured in the singer's film Life Is But a Dream (2013) and a complete concert film titled Live in Atlantic City was released along with the DVD and Blu-ray format release of the afforementioned movie.
Dubbed "Give 1 Minute of Your Life to Stop Aids", the concert was launched along with a campaign by Nelson Mandela to raise awareness about the impact of AIDS/HIV in Africa. Her set list consisted of "American Prayer" performed together with Bono and backed by The Edge and Dave Stewart, "Crazy in Love", "Baby Boy" and "Dangerously In Love".
The show was part of a promotional tour Beyoncé embarked following the release of 4. With the performance at the festival, she became the first solo female artist to headline the Pyramid stage at the festival in more than twenty years.
June 1, 2013
The Sound of Change Live
A charity concert promoting worldwide female empowerment, this concert was part of a Gucci "Chime for Change" campaign and the singer's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Beyoncé performed cover versions of "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "At Last" among the set list of her own songs and was joined onstage by Jay-Z for the rendition of "Crazy in Love".