MIAMI GARDENS, Florida — The notion that we never truly get to know what Jay Z and Beyoncé are like behind closed doors seems to fascinate us endlessly. Have you ever noticed how nearly every media scandal they’re involved in — from the elevator fight video to that allegedly lip-synched national anthem performance — somehow revolves around the idea that this power couple might be less than perfect?
That’s why the decision to frame their joint On The Run Tour, which kicked off at Miami Gardens’ Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday night (June 25), as a kind of super-public couple’s therapy session was so brilliant. Even though the concert was tightly choreographed, filled with costume changes, and packed with pyrotechnics, it still felt like you were watching something hugely intimate unfold before your eyes.
One particularly personal highlight came near the end of the set list. Beyoncé and Jay Z made their way to the smaller stage in the center of the stadium, where the 32-year-old singer broke out into “Halo.” Back on the main stage, the screen lit up with a series of home movies that documented their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy’s journey from the womb all the way to the present.
The visuals added a new dimension to the song, one that I’d always thought of as strictly a love ballad, and quite honestly it was kind of surreal. Beaming up on that center stage, baby Blue’s parents were telling us just how intensely their child has changed their lives over these past two years. That’s pretty personal, don’t you think?