Destinyis Child brings
down the house
By Jake McKim
Daily Cougar Staff
The piercing screams rained down Sunday,
shattering eardrums and causing the ecstatic crowd to, well, lose it. It
wasnit the Backstreet Boys or ‘NSync making the young-for-rodeo-standards
audience go nuts; this multi-platinum act was none other than Houstonis
own Destinyis Child.
Just prior to the hit-after-hit trio hitting
the stage, a group of over 200 lucky teenagers was brought out like wild
cattle to witness the show stageside. Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and
Michelle Williams came out of the gate strong, mixing older hits ("So Good,"
"No, No, No") with their newer, fresher material ("Say My Name," "Bug-A-Boo").
The groupis diverse, pop-friendly sound
was infectious, sending fans who seemed to hang on to every word, every
dance step the group members performed, into a frenzy. "Itis such a blessing
to be on this stage, Houston," Knowles said.
The energy remained throughout as Destinyis
Child blazed through its catchy, radio-dominating music a la "Independent
Women" and "Jumpini, Jumpini."
"We want you to get out of your seat and
get your rodeo on," Knowles told the adoring crowd.
The group even managed to roll out the
title track to its coming album, Survivor, which will be released
The aggressive, rock-driven single is undoubtedly
the girlsi next surefire hit. In the song, Knowles rages at ex-boyfriends,
letting them know that sheis doing just fine without them, thank you very
The beauty of a group like Destinyis Child
is that it can preach a ladies-first, pro-feminism message without turning
off its male listeners. What other group could get away with telling men
to "pay their bills" without being hated by the male population?
Another aspect of the groupis success lies
in that it can present a sexy stage presence, yet manage to maintain a
squeaky-clean image that wonit send parents scrambling for the "off" switch.
The girls even threw in a short a cappella
rendition of "Jesus Loves Me," for a time focusing the showis emphasis
Backed by an impressive band and four dancers,
the stage was always occupied, throwing visual stimulation into the mix.
The 13-song, one-hour-and-50-minute set
featured two costume changes and several call-and-response chants.
In an odd twist for an otherwise unblemished
set, the group was forced by Pay-Per-View into an extended show that dragged
on for far too long. Most of the capacity crowd headed for the exits while
the group repeated song after song.
It was difficult to determine who was more
tired of the groupis songs by showis end, Destinyis Child or the few fans
Eliminate this misstep and youire left
with, at least until this point, the best show of this yearis rodeo.