LAST NIGHT I was one of a thousand or so special guests and competition winners that descended upon Shepherd’s Bush Empire to watch Beyonce (I’m not bothering with a last name these days) launch her new album, 4.
After watching her Glastonbury performance expectations were high. And she definitely didn’t disappoint….
I was totally transfixed as she belted out a few hits as well as a selection of new tracks from the new album. She kicked off with Run the World and new single Best Thing I Never Had, classic hits like Halo, Work it Out, Irreplaceable and Single Ladies followed. Then there were covers of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and the Kings of Leon hit Sex is on Fire. I wasn’t quite so keen on that.
The real moment was when she belted out Listen from the Dreamgirls soundtrack. The audience was captivated beyond belief…..
Beyonce is just in a league of her own as a live performer. And refreshingly there’s no gimmick. She doesn’t need to dress up in bonkers outfits and preach a load of BS. She lays her talent out on the table when she performs. What you see is what you get. Some of the choreography she did last night was reminiscent of an early Tina Turner.
I actually cannot explain how splendid she was to watch. And what a treat at a venue like Shepherd’s Bush Empire – it was a total one off. I doubt the Queen Bee will play a venue that small for quite some time.
Above: Gwyneth Paltrow arrives for Beyonce’s show….
Above: The beautiful Adele enjoyed the gig.
The VIP area – where sponsors Belvedere vodka produced exquisite cocktails for guests – was crammed with a list worthy of any A-List red carpet event. The star’s husband Jay Z sat front row of the balcony with mother-in-law Tina Knowles, sitting beside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessie J, Stella McCartney and Adele, whose concerns for her recently damaged voice proved unfounded as she sang along to Single Ladies from the best seat in the house.
Other guests included Glee cast members Naya Rivera, Chord Overstreet, Chris Colfer, Mark Salling, Amber Riley, Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr, who took a night out of their hectic European tour. Paloma Faith, Tom Ford, Ewan MacGregor, Matthew Williamson, Alexandra Burke, Sheridan Smith, JLS’ JB, The Sugababes’ Jade Ewen, Jade Parfitt, Mr Hudson, Henry Holland and Alison Mosshart
Above: Stella McCartney arrives looking fresh faced.
Above: Ewan and Stanley Tucci arrive together – they sat side by side nattering throughout