Beyoncé Announces The Formation World Tour; Launches Initiative to Help Flint Water Crisis

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Beyoncé mid-slay with dancers at yesterday’s Super Bowl Halftime Show (photo via colorlines.com)

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

Something tells me we will soon have to invent a new way to say “slay,” because if the boss moves perpetrated in the last two days by Beyoncé have shown us anything, they’ve shown us she has every intention of erecting on top of the foundation she laid with 2013’s “Beyoncé” an impenetrable Fortress of Slayage where the word will soon retire itself (because really, where else has it to go?).

To recap, not only did Queen Bey the day before the Super Bowl drop her “Formation” video – which the internet is still feverishly and giddily unpacking – she performed it at halftime, paid homage to the Black Panthers in the Bay Area on their 50th anniversary during the 50th Super Bowl, paid homage to Malcolm X with her squad’s literal formation, and then claimed the commercial space right after halftime to announce her Formation World Tour, which kicks off April 27 in Miami.  Phew!  No wonder “slay” is ready for a permanent vacation.

According to usatoday.com, the Formation World Tour will be hitting cities nationwide including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia. It ends June 12 in Hershey, Penn., before a string of European dates get underway June 28. Tickets go on sale beginning Tuesday for American Express and Beyhive fan club members, and to the general public starting Feb. 16. [Tour dates listed below.]

Beyoncé last toured the USA with her husband, rapper Jay Z, on the six-week On the Run Tour in summer 2014, which was filmed for a HBO special. The Formation World Tour is her first solo jaunt since the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013.

Watch the trailer for the Formation tour below:

And heck, just to save you the trip to You Tube now that you’re thinking about it, here’s the “Formation” video once again in all its hardcore cultural and political glory:

The full list of tour dates:

April 27 — Miami, Marlins Park

April 29 — Tampa, Raymond James Stadium

May 1 — Atlanta, Georgia Dome

May 3 — Raleigh, Carter-Finley Stadium

May 5 — Nashville, Nissan Stadium

May 7 — Houston, NRG Stadium

May 9 — Dallas, AT&T Stadium

May 12 — San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium

May 14 — Los Angeles, Rose Bowl

May 16 — Santa Clara, Calif., Levi’s Stadium

May 18 — Seattle, CenturyLink Field

May 20 — Edmonton, Alberta, Commonwealth Stadium

May 23 — Minneapolis, TCF Bank Stadium

May 25 — Toronto, Rogers Centre

May 27 — Chicago, Soldier Field

May 29 — Detroit, Ford Field

May 31 — Pittsburgh, Heinz Field

June 3 — Boston, Gillette Stadium

June 5 — Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field

June 7 — New York, Citi Field

June 10 — Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium

June 12 — Hershey, Penn., Hersheypark Stadium

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