Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4

by (@kat_george)

Beyonce Premieres Her Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4 DVD In New York

Last night, Beyoncé premiered her Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4 DVD at New York’s Paris Theatre and, fortunately for us, we were able to score tix! The mood outside the theatre was palpable as guests waited, pacing nervously and craning their necks in anticipation of King B’s arrival. A crowd of patient fans had also accumulated behind the barriers across the street, with cameras poised and hand-painted signs of affection waving, it became very clear that Beyoncé’s legion of loyal followers weren’t messing around. When the star finally emerged the crowd — guests and fans alike — erupted into applause, loud whoops and a few tears. Pregnant, glowing, and with that winning smile plastered across her face, Beyoncé took her time, being sure to bestow her royal wave in every possible direction. And for the brief moment she was there, no attention was divided. In that moment, Beyoncé was all that existed.

Inside the theatre, once Beyoncé had taken leave, the mood did not dim. When the DVD began playing, again, guests erupted as though Beyoncé were performing right in front of them. Opening on a blurry hotel room, a dim light falling across two ambiguous characters, the first scene of the DVD met its intended task — we were sitting on the edge of our seats. Once the characters were revealed by the telling “IV” tattooed to their ring fingers, the crowd whipped into a frenzy of cheers, with guests bouncing on their seats and fist pumping (which didn’t stop until the lights came up at the very end). And then, there she was: in her spangled costume, Beyoncé, on stage, live at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.

What followed was moving, inspirational and infectious. Immaculately produced, Beyoncé’s voice cut through the screen and entered the room. The stories she told, from her early days as a 9-year-old at Destiny’s Child‘s first audition to the conception of 4, were compelling and endearing, her giggles met with the audience’s giggles, her love completely sincere, and again, met with the audience’s love. After performing her pre-4 medley, Beyoncé performed 4 in its entirety, and the one thing that struck us was that even in the slower songs like “I Miss You” and “1 + 1″, there wasn’t one yawn-inducing moment. Tight and succinct, there’s no filler in the Live At Roseland DVD — it’s high energy from the beginning to the end, and doesn’t give you a chance to lag or lose interest. Indeed, we were shouting “Again, again!” by the time the credits rolled.

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Tear Jerker Alert! Beyonce Reveals Two Live Videos In Anticipation Of Live At Roseland DVD Release

Oh Beyoncé! Why do you fill our work days with so many delicious videos to distract us from our jobs? With the much anticipated release of Bey’s Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4 DVD just on the horizon (the DVD will be released on November 21 exclusively at Walmart stores and online, and then worldwide on November 29), King B has gone ahead and released two live music videos for “End Of Time” and “I Was Here.” Both videos include footage of Bey performing at the Roseland Ballroom, and both have some titillating extras — most notably, the first ever images from Beyoncé and Jay-Z‘s wedding. Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, the quick glimpse of Bey getting into her wedding dress is gasp-inducing, as all imagery from her nuptials have (until now) been famously kept under tight wraps.

While the “End Of Time” video features clips of Bey performing at Glastonbury Festival earlier this year, the “I Was Here” clip (below) has some decidedly more nostalgic footage. With footage of Beyoncé as a child, a teenager, and during the glory days of Destiny’s Child, the clip is a moving homage to Beyoncé’s full life. It’s a touching ode to the pop-star on a mission to change the world, simply by making people smile and dance, and we had to hold back a tear or two as Bey voice over the revealing imagery gave us chills.

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Beyonce Reveals A Preview Of Her Live At Roseland DVD And We Wet Our Pants

What is Beyoncé? Some might mistake her for a performer, a pop star, but we know better. We know that she’s a phenomenon, a brilliant whirlwind, an aurora borealis in the sky at night — she’s the thing that makes your heart race and stop, inspiring you with some cosmic, almost primordial, infinite awesomeness. Try not to freeze with anticipation, feel your heart skip one beat, two, when, on slow motion film, she pops her hip violently to the side as the beat drops, her arms spread wide to the heavens and her hair billowing as she conjures a storm around her. Just try not to wonder if you felt that pop inexplicably kick inside your bowels, or if she bruised the fabric of time with the force of her movement.

As you can tell from all the gushing we’re doing, we’ve been swooning over the preview of Bey’s Live At Roseland: Elements of 4 DVD (due for release November 29, but, you know, we’ve already put our pre-orders in. 5 copies each, thanks!) and have maybe even done a little wee of excitement in the process (jokes! We did a HUGE wee of excitement). OK, so we’re crazy about Beyoncé. We’re crazy about the release of her DVD. And we’ve wet our pants, too. If you’ve got a problem with that, we suggest you watch the preview above and then get back to us. Because you will be moved. WE GUARANTEE IT (weeing optional).

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OMG, I Can’t Believe She Said That: The Best Of Madonna And Daughter Lola In Conversation

Madonna is difficult to watch at the best of times, with her surgically enhanced face, ludicrously tacky outfits, cringe-inducing raunchy dance moves and ice queen attitude. Even for the most die hard Madonna fans (us!), her public persona can be quite grating. And now, as if hell bent on a mission to destroy and annoy, Madge is holding a search for the next “Lucky Star” with her daughter Lola. We’re not really sure what the competition actually entails (due in part to the confusing video above), nor are we sure when Lourdes became Lola, but we’re both perturbed and amused in equal parts.

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