Aidin Vaziri | Bringing her Formation World Tour to the home of the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, May 16, Beyoncé picked up right where she left off the last time she was at Levi’s Stadium.
She opened the sold-out Santa Clara show with the confrontational, tense “Formation” — the same song she played when she brought the Super Bowl 50 halftime show to a standstill in February while performing alongside Bruno Mars and a bewildered Coldplay.
While the costumes were different — less Black Panthers, more bolero — the tune still served as a potent warning shot: Beyoncé has changed.
The two-hour set wasn’t going to be like those on her previous tours, where she drew the audience into her fantastical world of sleek pop hits, slickly choreographed dance routines and platitudes.
Instead, this was going to be something more real — a messy, pyrotechnics-fueled rampage that saw the 34-year-old singer-songwriter-supernatural force stand in front of 45,000 people and reckon with everyday issues like marital strife, injustice and lost hope.
“Today I regret the night I put that ring on,” Beyoncé belted out scornfully in the new anthem “Sorry,” as her all-female crew of backup dancers defiantly raised their middle fingers.