Beyoncé
5.26.2012

Beyoncé Covers Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill at Comeback Concert

Less than five months after giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé was back on stage for her first concert in nearly a year—and she didn’t disappoint. The new mom’s hard work over the past month came together on one brand new stage at the billion-dollar Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City on Friday, the first of four consecutive shows over Memorial Day weekend.

Following an opening set from Def Jam singer Luke James, B took the stage, showcasing new choreography, a new stage design, and new musical arrangements. Shimmering in a fringe dress, she kicked things off with “End of Time” before delving into her catalog of solo hits and Destiny’s Child classics, not missing a step as she performed against a giant LED wall with a full band and dancers including French duo Les Twins.

She changed five times during the two-hour set with “modern showgirl”-inspired looks, including a black and silver pinstripe vest and Swarovski-studded red bandage dress, all custom designed by Ralph & Russo.

In addition to her own material, Beyoncé covered Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” and paid tribute to Donna Summer during “Naughty Girl,” which samples the late disco queen’s “Love to Love You Baby.” With just a spotlight on her, she sang her idol Whitney Houston’s classic “I Will Always Love You,” before transitioning into “Halo.” The sold-out show came to a triumphant close with her 2008 single “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).”

“I’m tryna become Sasha Fierce again,” said the 30-year-old superstar during rehearsals. “She’s dead, but I need to bring her back to life.”

Sasha Fierce is alive and well. Check out highlights from her dazzling comeback below.

“I Will Always Love You” / “Halo”

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On it)”

“Naughty Girl”

“Irreplaceable”

“Crazy in Love”

“Get Me Bodied”

“Ex-Factor”

[Videos via Atlantic City Beats and Miss Jia]