Earlier this week, after Ticketmaster and Beyoncé’s Facebook page prematurely published the announcement of an “On the Run 2” Tour, the pages (including one for a July 30 stop in Philadelphia) were quickly retracted. Sources have since confirmed the rumors to Billboard, saying a hold has been placed for the tour at a number of North American stadiums! The site reports that Jay-Z also renewed his Live Nation contract in 2017, meaning they’re the likely promoter of “On the Run 2.” Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m just going to quickly sell all my plasma/limbs/organs in order to afford floor seats...
Apparently it’s totally normal for Coachella organizer Goldenvoice to require that performers hold off on announcing their own tour plans until after the festival is over. So yeah, it’s safe to say Yoncé’s Coachella performances (April 15 and 21) will be a BIG reveal, probably bookended by some new music releases, and almost certainly followed by an official tour announcement.
But could Jay-Z and Beyoncé come to Portland? Well, despite a very vague Facebook event that's popped up, probably not. While I would love for the Queen to come to my city (she hasn't played a show here since 2017!), we unfortunately don’t have a viable stadium in Portland proper. We can, however, hope the Carters will add a stop at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Autzen hasn’t been that popular as a music venue since the ’80s and ’90s, but it's been trying to get back into the concert business as of late, and take advantage of that expansion in 2002 that increased its capacity from 42,000 to 54,000. (For comparison, Seattle’s Safeco Field has a capacity of roughly 48,000. So like, Bey and Jay could make even more money here than in Seattle.)
Last August, Mike Duncan, a senior associate athletic director for facilities, events, and operations, told the Register Guard the facility would like to start booking big-name entertainment again (despite already making plenty enough dough from ticket sales to UO athletic events). This summer is already going to mark a new beginning for the stadium, with Dead & Company—a band comprising former Grateful Dead members well as John Mayor, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti—set to play a show there on June 30.
With the football stadium being free'd up anyway, it may be our best shot at seeing Beyoncé in the great state of Oregon for the first time in over a decade.