Beyonce talks world tour, new videos
Mar 10, 2009, 01:50 PM | by Simon Vozick-Levinson
As if 2009 hasn't already been jam-packed for Beyonce Knowles, the
singer-actress is currently preparing a year-long world tour with dates
in Canada set to launch later this month. "I've been working on this
tour for eight months," Beyonce told EW when we caught up with her on
the set of a TV ad she was taping. "It's crunch time! I've been
rehearsing and trying to make sure I put my set list together. Right
now I'm anxious and I can't sleep -- I'll be wanting to be at
rehearsal. That's the only thing I can think about. But I can't wait."
While details are still being worked out, she has dates tentatively
penciled in for the U.K., Ethiopia, Japan, Brazil, and more, plus a run
through the U.S. this summer. She'll be backed once more at each show
by the all-female band from 2007's The Beyonce Experience tour.
Beyonce has also finished two new music videos to keep fans happy
while she's crisscrossing the globe: "Broken-Hearted Girl," from the
ballad-heavy I Am... half of her recent double album, and ...Sasha
Fierce's up-tempo "Ego." Beyonce co-directed the latter clip with her
choreographer. "My goal for [the 'Ego' video] is simplicity," she says.
"In 'Single Ladies,' I saw this old tape of Bob Fosse's wife, and I
used that as inspiration. I thought in this world, with all the
technology and everything that's going on, to strip everything down --
great idea. So I kind of did the same thing, but glossy and black, for
One thing that the video for "Ego" won't share with "Single Ladies
(Put a Ring on It)" is a certain animatronic appendage. "I didn't have
the Sasha Fierce hand [in the video]," she laughs. "But I have it on
the tour. It's actually even more wild -- I have to figure out how I'm
going to perform with that hand!"