Beyoncé used to dream about one day heading out on the road on a girls-only concert bill. That dream will turn into reality Friday night when Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott — three sirens of R&B and hip-hop — kick off their five-week Ladies First Tour in Sunrise, Florida.
"I had been talking about getting an R&B and hip-hop version of Lilith Fair for about a year and it's finally here. It's gonna be the tour of [my] life," the singer said Wednesday night. "Touring is my favorite thing to do in the world. I love writing songs, but until you see the artist perform it live, you don't really get the full interpretation of the song."
Beyoncé has seemingly done it all in her career, but this outing actually marks a first for her — the first time she'll tour as a solo artist. Sans her sisters-in-arms, Destiny's Child, Beyoncé knows the pressure is all on her.
"I'm a little nervous by myself, because whenever you make any kind of mistake, it's just you on the stage," she said, laughing. "I'm very much involved in everything. I'm literally on the mic calling every cue in rehearsals."
As she's proven in countless videos, red-carpet walks and awards show performances, there will be a distinctive style brought to the stage when Beyoncé struts across it. Dolce & Gabbana designed all the dresses for the diva and her dancers, and up to seven costume changes are planned for the set.
"[There's] a lot of old Hollywood glamour," she said. "I get a lot of my inspiration from old musicals, old films. I like to put [in] a little bit of ballet, jazz, and expose my fans to a lot of different things, but still mix it in with hip-hop."
The Ladies First Tour will stay on the road until April 21 when it wraps up in Anaheim, California (see "Missy Predicts Friendly Competition On Tour With Alicia, Beyonce").