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A B-stage
B-stage
is a small, secondary stage, featured at pop and rock concerts held in arenas and stadiums, and is usually located in the middle of the concert floor, connected to the main stage by a walkway.

Contents

1 Origins 2 Current examples

2.1 Britney Spears 2.2 Madonna 2.3 Aerosmith
Aerosmith
and Bon Jovi 2.4 Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
and Backstreet Boys 2.5 Coldplay
Coldplay
and Beyoncé 2.6 Kiss 2.7 Other examples

3 External links

Origins[edit]

The B-stage
B-stage
on U2's Zoo TV Tour
Zoo TV Tour
of 1992–1993 is considered one of the first examples of the stage.

The B-stage
B-stage
was originally used in the early 1990s by U2 on their Zoo TV Tour. It provided a more intimate setting for stripped-down, quieter versions of songs, that could be played in greater proximity to the audience. Current examples[edit] B-stages are still commonly used, having become a standard feature of large rock and pop concerts. Britney Spears[edit] Britney Spears
Britney Spears
has used a B-stage
B-stage
on her 2001-02 Dream Within A Dream Tour. In the Dream Within A Dream Tour
Dream Within A Dream Tour
she would use a mini helicopter to get to the B-stage. Madonna[edit] Madonna has used a B-stage
B-stage
in four of her nine tours starting with The Girlie Show, Confessions Tour, Sticky & Sweet Tour and The MDNA Tour, connected by a catwalk. In The MDNA Tour, she has employed a "V" catwalk to connect the main stage with the B stage. Aerosmith
Aerosmith
and Bon Jovi[edit] Aerosmith
Aerosmith
has employed a B-stage
B-stage
on almost every tour since 2001 (sometimes connected by a catwalk). During their outdoor amphitheater performances from 2001–2003, Aerosmith
Aerosmith
would play three songs on this stage during the middle of the show, and in more recent years, the band members go back and forth between the main stage and the B-stage
B-stage
throughout their performances via a catwalk. Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
made use of such a stage during their 2008 Lost Highway Tour
Lost Highway Tour
in which Jon Bon Jovi (and sometimes Richie Sambora) would sing ballads such as "Bed of Roses", "Always", or "Living in Sin" from a smaller stage closer to the crowd, while the rest of the band performed on the main stage. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
and Backstreet Boys[edit] Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
also used a B-Stage in her The Adventures of Mimi Tour. Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys
employed a B-stage
B-stage
on their Black & Blue Tour in 2001, playing several ballads from the small circular stage in the middle of the audience. The band appeared on the B-stage
B-stage
via a platform in the center that raised the band from beneath the stage after a blackout and segue video which concealed their travel to the B-stage. They returned to the main stage during the final B-stage
B-stage
song on a bridge over the audience that descended from the rafters, and was raised again after the song. Coldplay
Coldplay
and Beyoncé[edit] Coldplay
Coldplay
have been using a B-Stage since their 2008/2009 Viva la Vida Tour. Coldplay
Coldplay
make use of a B-stage
B-stage
and a C-Stage at different points in each show. The B-stage, located at the end of a catwalk, attached to the main stage, was used in the middle of the set to perform a remix of "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" and "Talk", as well as a piano version of "The Hardest Part". The C-stage was used at the end of the main setlist to perform three songs acoustically, and was located at the back of venue, in the audience. On the following tours, the Mylo Xyloto Tour
Mylo Xyloto Tour
and the A Head Full of Dreams Tour, B and C-Stages remain in use, with the B-stage
B-stage
located at the end of the catwalk with a giant screen on the floor. Beyoncé
Beyoncé
has used a B-Stage on every tour since her 2009 I Am... World Tour, in the middle of her show she appears from under the stage wrapped in a harness and taken up and over the audience where she performs "Baby Boy", she then runs through the audience back to the main stage performing "Say My Name". During The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013/2014 her "BeyStage" included two VIP pit sections with a catwalk in the middle. She also used a B-stage
B-stage
during her 2014 On the Run Tour with Jay-Z, and her Formation World Tour
Formation World Tour
in 2016. Kiss[edit] Hard rock
Hard rock
band Kiss is using a B-stage
B-stage
when they perform songs like "I Was Made for Lovin' You" or "Love Gun", songs which lead vocals are done by Paul Stanley. Stanley is "flying" to a B-stage
B-stage
located in the middle of the crowd. After having performed his "blood spitting" show, Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
flies to another B-stage
B-stage
located above the stage before performing one of his "theme songs" like "God of Thunder", "Unholy" or "I Love It Loud". Examples of this can be seen on the Rock the Nation DVD. Other examples[edit] In their 2009 Out of Control Tour, Girls Aloud
Girls Aloud
had a B-Stage, and during the middle of the show they would get on a moving platform and fly over the crowd to the B-stage
B-stage
for a few songs and then get back on the moving platform to go back to the main stage. Powderfinger
Powderfinger
used a B-stage
B-stage
on their 2010 Sunsets Farewell Tour, located at the back of the venue. Midway through the show, the band would leave the main stage and make their way to the B-stage
B-stage
while historical video footage played out on the main video screen. The clip ended with a boxer "punching" the camera, alluding to the video of the song "Like a Dog", which they would then perform on the B-stage. The band would perform another song, then return to the main stage. External links[edit]

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