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Beyonce’s ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ is (unsurprisingly) still fierce the second time around

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Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour returned to MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

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Beyonce — superstar and Queen of the Music Universe — brought the second night of her brand new “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour to MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 29.

Five months later (last Friday, Dec. 6), Bey was back and, to nobody’s surprise, still fierce the second time around.

“Mrs. Carter Show,” Part 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena was about 90 percent the same as the June stop, but there were small and noticeable (and significant?) changes the second time around:

* The first stop clocked in at 2 hours and 15 minutes; this time around, it was less than 2 hours. Why? Read on.

* Six songs, none of them (big) hits, were absent in Round 2: “Flaws and All,” “You Are a Queen,” “I Care,” “I Miss You,” “Schoolin’ Life” and “Grown Woman.”

* So it became greatest-hits night, with every song familiar. And some performed longer than the first time. And fierce. Sasha Fierce.

* One of the best moments of the night: The shade she repeatedly threw with her backup dancers, Le Twins, during “Why Don’t You Love Me?” That fabulous faux attitude would make Tyra Banks jealous.

* An adorable little Asian boy in a little suit/tuxedo sang along to “Irreplaceable” (Bey gave him a shout-out post-song), and she serenaded a young girl during “Survivor.”

* During the extending thank you’s at the end — to her all-female band and her backup singers, The Mamas — she sang “Happy Birthday” to Le Twins. Imagine Bey singing “Happy Birthday” to you. OK, deep breaths.

So which concert was the best? The answer: Both were Beyonce-licious.

The setlist (minus six songs the second time around):

“Run the World (Girls)”

“End of Time”

“If I Were a Boy”/“Bitter Sweet Symphony”

“Get Me Bodied”

“Baby Boy”

“Diva”

“Naughty Girl”

“Party”

“Freakum Dress”

“Why Don’t You Love Me”

“1+1”

“Irreplaceable”

“Love on Top”

“Survivor”

“Crazy in Love”

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”/“Movin’ on Up”

“I Will Always Love You”

“Halo”

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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