Beyonce and Jay-Z doing an On The Run summer tour, eh? July 4th weekend in Philly just got a lot more intense

Go to about 2:30 on the above video, if you wish. Beyonce is doing “Upgrade U” live in Los Angeles, wearing a flowery yellow dress, and suddenly, Jay-Z — who is a part of that song if you were to purchase it on iTunes — emerges from beneath the stage to do his part, sending the crowd into (literal) hysterics. I won’t lie: back at an old job I had, when bored, I’d watch this clip maybe 2-3 times a day. It’s just really cool, intense, a good vibe, and it makes it seem — as do many things about them — that they’re a power couple, but also a legitimate couple (say what you will about the Blue Ivy isn’t theirs rumors; in my mind, that’s all bollox).

They’re touring together this summer. It should be pretty awesome. Here’s the preliminary list of dates, with more likely to be announced at some juncture:

      June 25 – Miami, FL, Sunlife Stadium
      June 28 – Cincinnati, OH, Great American Ball Park
      July 1 – Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium
      July 5 – Phiadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park
      July 7 0 Baltimore, MD, M&T Bank Stadium
      July 9 – Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre
      July 11 – East Rutherford, NJ, Metlife Stadium
      July 15 – Atlanta, GA, Georgia Dome
      July 18 – Houston, TX, Minute Maid Park
      July 20 – New Orleans, LA, La Mercedes-Benz Superdome
      July 22 – Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium
      July 24 – Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
      July 27 – Winnipeg, MG, Investors Group Field
      July 30 – Seattle, WA, Safeco Field
      Aug. 2 – Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl
      Aug. 5 – San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park

Pretty much all major venues — football stadiums, etc. — as you’d expect. July 4th is a Friday this year, so that weekend could get a little bro-y or girl-time-y for some residents of Brotherly Love. Beyonce and Jay-Z closed out the Ms. Carter tour together in Philly last year, and ’twas also pretty intense:

Jay-Z has ties to the city through Made in America, as well:

The other date that might be totally off the proverbial chain on this tour is July 18th (a Friday night) in Houston, which is Beyonce’s hometown. She gets fairly emotional doing shows there, as referenced by:

There are other very anticipated tours this summer — Lorde, Haim, Arcade Fire, Outkast, etc. — but this On the Run situation should be pretty awesome.

Ted Bauer