UPDATE: As expected, Beyonce's big Super Bowl splash is being followed by a tour announcement. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour play the Wells Fargo Center on July 25 and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on July 26. Tickets for the Philadelphia show go on sale Feb. 15 at ComcastTix.com.
Before the Superdome power outage became the story of the night, Beyonce put all the brouhaha over her lip-synching the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration this month behind her with what was surely the most scintillating big game halftime show since Prince played Super Bowl XLI in 2007.
Earlier this week at her Super Bowl press conference, Beyonce promised "I absolutely will be singing live," and it surely seemed she was, albeit with pre-recorded back up vocals, as she appeared several times larger than life on stage to a Vince Lombardi voice over.
But the dazzling part of the Beyonce Bowl wasn't about her singing so much as the hyper-energetic staging, the way she prowled the stage in skimpy black leather and knee high boots and looked the camera in the eye in her fiercest of Sasha Fierce modes. It was a spectacle worthy of the occasion, and also clearly an intensely rehearsed performance, making one wonder why she couldn't find the time to rehearse one song for the Inaugural.
She opened with a medley of "Love On Top" followed by "Crazy In Love" - without a guest rap from Jay-Z - followed by "Till the End Of Time" and "Baby Boy." After that came the much anticipated Destiny's Child reunion, with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams back in black on "Bootylicious," "Independent Women," and before they were dismissed mid-song, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." The crescendo came with "Halo," with a super diva down on her knees belting out an-over-the-top power ballad, before the power went out.
Watch the show below.