Jay-Z christened Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center right. Ahead of his eight-concert opening run, he told Rolling Stone that there wouldn’t be any guests because, “This is my one chance to be selfish. Can’t I? Can’t I be selfish? Thank you.” Though Big Daddy Kane and Memphis Bleek both touched down early in the run, he mostly kept true to his plan, taking the stage each night with only a shining gold bottle of Ace Campaign — to be poured out for Biggie during “Juicy” — for company. Because, when you own the place! There was still hope that Jay, on the eighth and final night and with all the world watching on YouTube, would call out the big guns. And he did, he brought out the biggest he’s got: his wife.
After doing “Bonnie and Clyde ’03” by his lonesome, Jay stepped aside and out from a glowing tunnel walked — strutted, rather, hips swinging wide as the beat to “Diva” picked up — none-less-than Beyoncé. Keeping brand in all black leather, her custom Nets hat included, and sunglasses on and swaddled with back up dancers. After “Diva,” she gave Brooklyn a shout-out and then asked politely if she could do one more.
And so into “Crazy In Love” she went, pulling some fierce moves of her own before jumping into cover for her hubby, who was late returning to the stage for his part because, as he admitted afterwards, he had gotten too caught up watching Bey from the backstage on the monitors. Even from way back in the cheap seats, their love was palpable, their eyes locked all the while and a kiss shared. Beyoncé sealed her act with a kiss, and then with one last switch of the hips, she dropped the mic and retired from the stage. “Of course I had to let BK touch the stage in BK — well BKC now,” Hov would later joke.
Bey returned to for the evening’s close to help with the Alphaville/Mohawke Hudson hook on “Forever Young.” And in lieu of fireworks, the Kind and Queen christened their kingdom with a big ole’ onstage kiss. So they say: grand opening, grand closing!