For the fools lacking common sense, cable, or both, let it be known that Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Doritos, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, and the NFL are no match for Beyoncé.
At Super Bowl 50, she not only succeeded in upstaging the halftime show’s headliner and football at large with her stadium-leveling performance of “Formation,” but used one of the biggest broadcast events in sports and popular culture, period, to announce her next massive endeavor, the Formation World Tour. Most artists take to Twitter to break this kind of news. Beyoncé took to your damn flat-screen to deliver the good word on a scale that makes “grand” look cheap.
Bey’s latest global trek will stop by New York’s Citi Field on June 7; tickets go on sale for the North American leg of the Formation Tour on February 16. Bookmark beyonce.com and refresh livenation.com for touring information as it becomes available. We’d highly recommend giving our ticket-buying tips a read before you find yourself screaming obscenities at the Ticketmaster landing page when the Formation Tour sells out in 30 seconds. No one wants to miss out on seeing a reprisal of that brilliance in the comfort of their city’s local arena, so consider this your pre-slay PSA.
On February 6, Beyoncé pulled another SURPRISE! on the world and dropped her new single and its stunning visual counterpart, “Formation.” Rumors turned to fact on February 7, when “Formation” served as Bey’s solo contribution to the Super Bowl’s halftime show. This was Beyoncé’s second epic Super Bowl showing: In 2013, Queen B raked in the accolades for her halftime extravaganza that banked on her biggest hits and Destiny’s Child glory days. (Her former bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, joined her for a hugely anticipated DC reunion to mark the occasion.) The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour took flight shortly after that, and the Beyhive have been besides themselves waiting for their queen to get back on the road ever since. The Formation World Tour is a promise of bigger things to come, and even Chris Martin and the dudes hurling pigskin in the tight pants can’t be mad that their thunder lost a bit of might in the wake of her announcement. Beyoncé is back, and not a moment too soon.
In addition to Beyoncé’s June 7 Citi Field date, the Formation World Tour North American tour dates are as follows:
Wed. April 27 — Miami, FL, Marlins Park
Fri. April 29 — Tampa, FL, Raymond James Stadium
Sun. May 1 — Atlanta, GA, Georgia Dome
Tue. May 3 — Raleigh, NC, Carter-Finley Stadium
Thu. May 5 — Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium
Sat. May 7 — Houston, TX, NRG Stadium
Mon. May 9 — Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium
Thu. May 12 — San Diego, CA, Qualcomm Stadium
Sat. May 14 — Los Angeles, CA, Rose Bowl
Mon. May 16 — San Francisco, CA, Levi’s Stadium
Wed. May 18 — Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
Fri. May 20 — Edmonton, AB, Commonwealth Stadium
Mon. May 23 — Minneapolis, MN, TCF Bank Stadium
Wed. May 25 — Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre
Fri. May 27 — Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
Sun. May 29 — Detroit, MI, Ford Field
Tue. May 31 — Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field
Fri. June 3 — Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium
Sun. June 5 — Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
Tue. June 7 — New York, NY, Citi Field
Fri. June 10 — Baltimore, MD, M&T Bank Stadium
Sun. June 12 — Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 7, 2016