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PREVIEW: Beyoncé rocks Vegas en route to Toronto show Monday

Beyonce performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans on Feb. 3, 2013. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matt Slocum

Beyoncé is synonymous with many things: glamour, talent, fashion, Jay-Z and great music. Get ready Toronto for a show that is bound to be a spectacle.

I just happened to be in Las Vegas at the same time as Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter Show world tour rolled through the MGM Grand last weekend. While locals and travelers made up the audience, Beyoncé’s fans come in all ages, races, shapes and sizes.

She’ll be playing Toronto’s Air Canada Centre Monday night.

At the Las Vegas show, Beyoncé got into the groove right away with her all-girl band belting out the notes to Run The World — and the hits kept oozing out one after another.

While she has a power book of material that could run a concert five hours, instead she chose to play a “best of” performance that gave fans plenty with which to sing along.

One of the many things glaringly evident was her distance from Destiny’s Child — the vocal powerhouse that made Beyoncé a household name — as she only sang one song from the super-group that launched her career. That didn’t seem to bother the crowd, though, which was also treated to renditions of I Will Always Love You and a make-shift rendition of The Jeffersons theme song.

I lost count of costume changes but was thankful that she used both ends of the arena to help with the illusion of getting right into the energy of the crowd.

She also made a couple of quips to fans who were three feet away from her attempting to capture a tweet-worthy pic: “Put down your phone and enjoy this moment,” she pleaded. She had a point: how often do you have the opportunity to hear Beyoncé sing Irreplaceable up close?

Another memorable moment: when Beyoncé reminded her diverse fans that beauty is within, (which is easy to say, for a beautiful woman who seems to have it all) and that aesthetic value is minimal compared to what you hold inside.

As expected, not only was her band all female, but so were most of her back-up dancers. The top two, however, were the twin boys known as Les Twins. These Guadeloupian brothers brought fire- power to the stage.


Amid the runaway success of new album Beyoncé — which came out just a few days ago – I can’t help but wonder what new songs we’ll be hearing at her stop in Toronto. Beyoncé is her fifth album and features tracks with Jay-Z, as well as friends Drake and Frank Ocean.

With social media exploding with rave reviews of the new album, I can almost definitively say that Queen B’s concert in Toronto will be quite the spectacle — perhaps even with a guest in tow?

Here’s hoping.