Beyonce's big production boring

Beyonce’s smash “Irreplaceable” is one my favorite hits of the last year or so. And I figured it might be fun to hear the Destiny’s Child anthem “Survivor.” Although Beyonce did include a hurried version of “Survivor” during a Destiny’s Child medley, the rest of the material was mostly from her two solo albums, which, I quickly learned, are loaded with filler.


Another major drawback was Beyonce’s five or six costume-change breaks. I was left scratching my head when during her first wardrobe exit one of three drummers played the kind of lame, time-killing solo typically reserved for classic rock and hair metal shows.


Beyonce closed her concert with “Irreplaceable.” She led the crowd in a sing-along of the chorus “to the left, to the left” and that was my cue to make a beeline for the exit.


As for opener Robin Thicke, his vanilla soul routine might just rank as the most annoying performance I have ever witnessed at a major venue. My time would have been better spent watching his dad Alan Thicke get on stage and reenact scenes from Growing Pains.

Here's a rough draft of my Beyonce concert review. It will run with Eric Snider's critique of Bad Religion's performance at Warped Tour and Arielle Stevenson write-up of the recent Mickey Avalon show in the Creative Loafing that hits newsstands July 31.

Here's my Beyonce concert review that will in the Creative Loafing that hits newsstands July 25.

Beyonce w/Robin Thicke, Sat., July 21, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

It was definitely a spectacle. The kind we have come to expect from our young, photogenic stars whose sex appeal can be more crucial to their success than actual singing ability.

For some audience members, watching Beyonce prance around in glorified lingerie might have been enough to satisfy them Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum. But my libido could only keep me engaged for so long. The 25-year-old diva failed to offer much of substance, even by pop standards.

The crowd appeared to fill up less than half of the 20,000-capacity hockey arena, but they were sure an enthusiastic bunch. (Unlike past shows at the Forum, no official attendance number was offered to the press).

But the small turnout didn’t stop Beyonce from doing everything BIG. Her stage production included a multi-tiered, mountain of a riser that accommodated a battalion of backing musicians (all women) plus a gaggle of mixed-gender dancers. And hardly a song went by without the former Destiny’s Child singer indulging in soulless vocal acrobatics that were showy to the point of obnoxious.

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