Beyoncé Week: In 2000, Destiny's Child stole the show from Christina Aguilera in Tampa
Beyonce may be headlining stadiums today, but everyone starts out somewhere. For Bey, that somewhere was in Destiny's Child.
Going back through the Tampa Bay Times' archives, it's amazing just how many times Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (or whoever) came to town.
In 1999, they played Wild 98.7's Last Damn Show with Eminem and Busta Rhymes. In 2000, they played a Guavaween music festival alongside Godsmack and Foghat. Seriously.
Also in 2000, they played the Ice Palace (now Amalie Arena) in Tampa, opening for Christina Aguilera. They were chart-toppers at the time, but not so big that they couldn't squeeze in an afternoon album signing at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg. Good luck getting Beyonce to agree to that today.
At the show, Destiny's Child appeared alongside a local group, Signature, along with another outfit called Soul Decision. Here's how our reviewer, Valerie Q. Carino, wrote 'em up:
"Aguilera could have taken a few pointers from her opening act, the soulful, beautiful trio Destiny's Child.
"Now they know how to put on a show.
"As elegant as the Supremes with strong voices to match, Destiny's Child outshone Aguilera. From their breakthrough hit Bills, Bills, Bills to the funky Bug A Boo, these girls, like Aguilera, distinguish themselves as singers first. The kind of group that doesn't need flashy backup dancers, a mammoth set or a billion different outfits to emerge as bang-up entertainers.
"In fact, one of the best parts of their show was when they took a break from their club hits and went back to their gospel roots with a goose-bumps version of Jesus Loves Me.
"Talk about cool.
"We wonder if Aguilera could one day glam herself up a la Destiny's Child, bleach out the pink and black streaks in her hair, eat a little more and go back to the recording studio with her focus on a better, clubbier album."
Fun fact: Carino was one of two Times reporters who covered the show that night. The other was 11-year-old Ally Sikora, a fifth grader at Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary, who wrote for the paper's X-Team for kids and teens.
"The crowd went crazy when Destiny's Child hit the stage, starting with Say My Name," Ally wrote. "The two dancers were good (they threw out fake money during the song Bills, Bills, Bills) and the a cappella Walk With Me was amazing. Bug A Boo and Jumpin', Jumpin' ended the performance."
-- Jay Cridlin