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Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 'On the Run II' tour is officially happening

By: Elahe Izadi The Washington Post
March 13, 2018 Updated: March 13, 2018 at 4:20 am
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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at Stade De France on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

You might 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. Pre-sale starts Wednesday, with tickets going on sale March 19. The tour does not include a stop in Colorado.

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, and they kept that on-the-lam vibe with the 2014 tour. At the time, the super-private couple also were plagued by rumors of impending divorce.

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 more critically acclaimed and revealing work yet.

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.

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 also have collaborated on tracks in 2017, including "Family Feud" on "4:44" and on DJ Khaled's 2017 "Shining."

While the cost of the North America tickets for On the Run II isn't available yet, Ticketmaster UK announced that in the United Kingdom, they would range from 25 to 160 pounds, plus fees (so that's $34 to $222).

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 deleted quickly from the websites, but the Beyhive already was kicked up into a frenzy over the possible tour.

Last month, Ticketmaster UK also had posted some concert dates before promptly removing them.

Rumors no more. Now it's time to check the couch for tour pennies.

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