Jay-Z and Beyoncé announce new tour, but skip Toronto

By Elahe IzadiThe Washington Post

Tues., March 13, 2018

You may want to check your bank account balance and kick your penny-pinching into high gear, because the long-rumored Beyoncé and Jay-Z joint tour is officially happening.

The powerhouse couple announced Monday that their On the Run II tour will start June 6 in the United Kingdom and July 25 in North America. Presale starts Wednesday, with tickets going on sale March 19.

Beyoncé dropped the news via a trailer on her website and some photos on Instagram.

The first On the Run tour, named after the Jay-Z song “Part II (On the Run)” featuring Beyoncé, took place in 2014 after they wrapped up solo tours. The duo has had a Bonnie and Clyde thing going for a while (that was even the name of their first single together), and they kept that on-the-lam vibe with the 2014 tour. At the time, the super-private couple also were plagued by rumours of impending divorce (remember the elevator incident?)

Well, On the Run II comes at a different point for the two. They have since aired a lot of their dirty laundry, had twins and released some of their most critically acclaimed and revealing work yet.

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They are also still going with the bandits theme in 2018, along with some reconciliation for good measure. The trailer for On the Run II includes quick scenes of handcuffed hands, the pair driving in a convertible and speeding off on a motorcycle, along with the old reggae standard “I’m Still in Love with You Boy.”

Beyoncé and Jay-Z each embarked on solo tours in support of their recent albums. Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Jay-Z’s 4:44 earned them Grammy nominations for album of the year, but both lost. (Lemonade did win the best urban contemporary album Grammy in 2017, and Adele basically said Beyoncé should have taken the top album prize instead of her).

In 2016, we were sorting through the tea leaves to discern what Beyoncé was spilling about her husband’s possible infidelity on Lemonade; the album took us on her journey from rage to sorrow to redemption. A year later, Jay-Z basically fessed up to his erring ways on 4:44, repeating the phrase “I apologize” seven times in the title track.

When they hit a rough patch in their marriage, they started working on a joint project, Jay-Z said in an interview with New York Times Magazine: “We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together,” he said.

Beyoncé, who was further along with Lemonade than Jay-Z was with 4:44, released her album first. “We still have a lot of that music,” Jay-Z told the Times. “And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, ‘I’m making this album.’ I was right there the entire time.”

Will some of that music make its way into the tour? We can only wait to see. The two have also collaborated on tracks in 2017, including “Family Feud” on 4:44 and on DJ Khaled’s 2017 Shining.

Monday’s announcement comes a week after an event called “On the Run II” featuring the two popped up on Ticketmaster and Beyoncé’s Facebook page. The events were quickly deleted from the websites, but the Beyhive was already kicked up into a frenzy over the possible tour.

And in January, Laura Stylez of Hot 97 said she had heard some talk of a joint tour. “I have my sources, okay. So, don’t ask me any questions,” she said on air. “And, again, it’s a rumour. I heard, that somebody told, that somebody told me, that somebody told me that The Carters — Jay Z and Beyoncé — might, this is a might, be announcing a tour very soon.”

Rumours no more. Now it’s time to check the couch for tour pennies.

Full North American tour dates:

July 25: Cleveland

July 28: Washington

July 30: Philadelphia

Aug. 2: Rutherford, N.J.

Aug. 5: Boston

Aug. 8: Minneapolis

Aug. 10: Chicago

Aug. 13: Detroit

Aug. 18: Buffalo

Aug. 23: Nashville

Aug. 25: Atlanta

Aug. 29: Orlando

Aug. 31: Miami

Sept. 11: Arlington, Tex.

Sept. 13: New Orleans

Sept. 15: Houston

Sept. 19: Phoenix

Sept. 22: Los Angeles

Sept. 27: San Diego

Sept. 29: Santa Clara, Calif.

Oct. 2: Vancouver

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