This past Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to have attended Jay Z and Beyonce’s ‘On The Run Tour’ at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Aside from sitting in the parking lot for an hour and half after the show and not moving, and then the very slow ride up Route 1 that proceeded, I had a great time. I don’t consider myself a hard-core concert goer, but I’ve certainly been to my fair share over the past 20 years or so, beginning in the late 80s when as a kid tagging along with my older siblings I had the pleasure of seeing the likes of Run DMC, The Fat Boys, Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick, Salt & Pepa, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. In the 90s as a teen I saw Nas, Jay Z, Foxy Brown, Puffy, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, Lil’ Kim, Cypress Hill, the pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas, & LL Cool J (again), amongst several others. Adult life in the 2000s brought Prince, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg (twice, one time front row), The Game, LL Cool J (again), Kanye West, Jay Z (again), Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Will Smith (again), et al. my way. And most recently, just last year in the midst of his Good Kid mAAd City run, I watched Kendrick Lamar perform. So again, it’s not that I’m at a concert every month, but I’ve been to a few, so if nothing else I have a solid frame of reference when building an opinion on a given show.
I mention this because in the following paragraphs I’ve built this post in a point by counter point format using the review published on Boston.com on July 2nd, the morning after the show. Here’s a link to the review, and despite my generally not seeing eye to eye with it I do implore you to read it as it was the author’s honest take and was intelligently composed and well-written. Let me be clear: My intention here is not in any way to bash the author, Emily Wright, an Arts & Entertainment writer for Boston.com, nor to demean her abilities and opinions. I respect her thoughts and as a blogger in my own right, respect the time that she puts into her craft. Again, I only mention my past concert experiences to drive home the point that though I may not be a professional Arts & Entertainment writer by trade, I’m basing my thoughts on 20+ years of shows that I’ve been lucky enough to attend as well as of course, my love of music, which I’m sure Ms. Wright shares as well.
That said, simply put, Emily Wright and I saw the performances differently and have generally contrasting opinions about it. We’ll start with the title of her article, “Beyonce, Jay Z Try To Do Too Much During ‘On the Run’ Tour in Foxborough”. In her introductory paragraph she expands on that notion by stating:
How right was Wright? READ ON…