Beyonce Goes Behind the Scenes at Roseland Shows
Frank Ocean, Maxwell, Lady Gaga, Adele, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, The Dream, Usher and husband Jay-Z all showed up -- according to the Twitterverse and those in VIP -- to support Beyonce Thursday night (Aug. 18) in New York City, during the third performance spree of "4 Intimate Nights With Beyonce" at Roseland Ballroom.
The Houston native dazzled in a glittering metallic dress, moving through her past catalog of hits, which included numbers like 'Crazy In Love,' 'Survivor,' 'Irreplaceable' and 'Single Ladies.' With an orchestra of violins and the like behind her, a pianist on stage and a crew of backup dancers and singers, Beyonce made her set a grand affair as she strutted and dipped it low for the filled-to-capacity crowd.
The main attraction was her singing through tracks off her '4' album: 'Best Thing I Never Had,' 'End Of Time,' 'Party' and 'I Was Here' among them. While fans were of course relishing the moment of witnessing the pop star shine in the spotlight and belt out songs off her fourth opus, the event would not have been possible for those working double-time to have it all go off without a hitch.
Beyonce is giving fans a taste of what it takes to pull off a four-night extravaganza in some new behind-the-scenes visuals. From lighting to stage set-up, all is showcased in the two minute clip. Kim, the 'Run the World (Girls)' creator's musical director, speaks on the significance of the Roseland shows as well as the obstacles of putting on such a spectacle. "I think the challenge of it is to be able to represent your whole album as its own concert, as its own piece," she reveals. "And I think this is a great way to educate the people about what this album means to [Beyonce]. It's for her, it's for the fans, it's for everybody."
Bibi, Beyonce's lead guitarist also chimes in."She's listening to her inner voice right now and doing what she wants to do," she states. "I think she took risks. I think she's being more authentic and doing what she wants to do instead of doing what people expect, which is good."