Toronto’s summer lineup of music heavyweights — Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, One Direction, Drake — went up a dozen notches Monday as Beyoncé and Jay Z announced they’d hit the city in July.
It will be the first time the married couple, who have often collaborated on tracks, have ever launched a hand-in-hand tour
But, since Beyoncé performed in Toronto just last December
, what will be new about this go-round? The Star takes a stab at 10 things fans can expect from the “On the Run” tour.
When the tour’s name was released, many were confused. Neither Beyoncé nor Jay Z have an album or song that sounds remotely like “On the Run.”
In terms of execution, “On the Run” may allude to a set list that draws from the couple’s early days in music, or a more literal, felonious theme to the concert’s production.
2) Blue Ivy’s first live performance
At 2 years old, Blue Ivy Carter has already starred in a music video and been sampled on her mom’s No. 1 hit album. What’s next?
Well, since both mom and dad will be touring North America, there’s a good chance the tiny star will make a cameo on stage for the eponymous song “Blue (feat Blue Ivy).” Even if she’s not on stage, photographers will likely find baby Blue swaddled in her parents arms after the show.
3) A Drake cameo
It’s not a stretch to think that Toronto’s very own could take the stage alongside Bey. The pair collaborated on “Mine” from Beyoncé’s most recent album, and Drake is clearly a fan, having released “Girls Love Beyoncé” in 2013, which samples lyrics from “Say My Name.”
Even if Drake doesn’t show, he may turn the tables and bring her out at OVO fest, his annual two-day music festival at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre that features a who’s who of hip-hop elite. It’s not out of the question; after all, Jay Z has stopped by in the past as a surprise act.
4) General naughtiness
Beyoncé’s go-to theme in her music has always been girl power and feminism, as demonstrated in “Run the World (Girls),” “Flawless” and “If I Were a Boy.”
However, as of late, her theme-du-jour has been blatant, unabashed sex. Maybe it’s an effort to remain a sex symbol after giving birth, similar to Nelly Furtado’s 2006 release of her promiscuous album “Loose” after her own pregnancy.
Beyoncé’s new album is rarely tongue-in-cheek when referencing her bedroom goings-on with Jay Z, in songs such as “Rocket” and “Blow.” Since he’ll be there too, things will probably get a little PG-13.
5) Updated set list
When Beyoncé was in Toronto last December, just days after she dropped her surprise album, she only performed one new song, “XO.” This time, fans will undoubtedly hear more fresh tracks.
During the UK leg of the Mrs. Carter Show, Beyoncé treated fans in London with performances of several new songs: “Partition,” “Blow,” “Heaven,” “Haunted,” “Drunk in Love,” “XO,” “Flawless,” and “Yoncé.” Being the perfectionist she is, Bey likely used the show as a trial run for her summer tour.
6) Passing the mic
Can Beyoncé fans sing? Usually no, and it’s a fact that she likes to exploit. Bey often passes her microphone to fans in the midst of a ballad to finish the lyrics. Needless to say, it’s always entertaining.