The stretch of concrete from 52nd street and Broadway to 8th avenue was barely visible. Among a sea of talking and laughing heads, the signs for the night’s festivities gleamed faintly in the midst. “Beyonce LIVE – S.O.L.D O.U.T. – 8/14, 8/16, 8/18, 8/19”. The streets of midtown NYC were lined from corner to corner with avid Beyonce “stans” (stalker fans), some scantily clad in their Sasha Fierce’s best and others ready for war armed with water bottles, life-sized Beyonce posters and sneaks.
“Tickets! Anybody selling tickets? Please!” A desperate cry from a fan met with lack of response. No chance. The first show’s tickets sold out online within 22 seconds of the first hour on sale. There was little to no chance that any of these folks were giving up the goods.
Portable chairs and blankets were the norm, evidence of hours of preparation and patient anticipation of Queen Bey in all her glory. If you could just get to the front of the stage, and catch a subtle glance from her between dance moves, or be within 10 feet of the gold glistening aura she seemed to emit every time she took the stage, the night would’ve been full worth it.
Last night inside the intimate four walls of the Roseland Ballroom, Beyonce played to a sold out crowd of dedicated fans and admirers alike in her second of four headlining performances in NY promoting her latest solo album “4”. Everyone from blondes and brunettes, from men to women, and teeny boppers to 60 year old bald men (yes, 60 year olds) gathered inside the historic ballroom for an unforgettable night of Beyonce, complete with crowd participation, sing-a-longs, laughs and tears…