It has been said that one of the strongest power couples in the music scene is the husband and wife tandem of Jay-Z and Beyoncé. The former is acclaimed as one of the greatest rappers and overall musicians of all time while the latter is no slouch either as a breakout solo act from the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, and a pillar of contemporary music herself. Their 2008 marriage, without much publicity, was both happy (with three children) and financially successful with their collaborations. And the fans love them. A recent incident even illustrated the levels of fandom obsession.
Entertainment Tonight has it that a weekend concert with Beyoncé and Jay-Z had a dramatic and rather chaotic finish due to the sudden appearance of an overzealous fan onstage. The couple was performing Saturday, August 25, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta as part of their “On the Run II” tour. Upon the two finishing their last song of the night and walking hand in hand offstage, a man wearing a white athletic jersey abruptly stumbled onto the stage and made a beeline for where Beyoncé and Jay-Z exited, even fighting fiercely with security personnel who appeared to detain him.
At first, the backup dancers and musicians on stage were as dumbstruck as the audience at what just transpired. But soon enough the performers streamed towards backstage to help subdue the intruder, who in fact was able to fend off anyone trying to restrain him until he eventually tired and was escorted from the stage. It was not made clear if the mad fan was somehow able to get close enough to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, but his stunt was caught on camera by the audience and shared on social media. Beyoncé rep Yvette Noel-Schure later posted on Instagram that nothing happened to the two and that their follow-up concert at the same venue the next day will happen as planned.
The Atlanta concerts were only another stop in what has been a sold-out international tour by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and wife Beyoncé. One of their earlier stops prior to this incident was at Detroit, where they dedicated the performance to Aretha Franklin following news that she had been put in hospice care. Franklin passed away on August 18, only mere days following that On the Run II concert in Detroit. Further back on the Landover, Maryland stop of the tour, media were quick to notice former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama as part of the cheering, dancing concert crowd while the Carters rocked the stage that night.
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