6 HBO Concert Specials That Paved the Way for ‘On the Run’

Beyoncé and Jay Z’s upcoming live HBO concert special, On the Run, has garnered plenty of buzz in recent weeks. But fan anticipation seems to be at an all time high after the network released a new trailer for the event on Monday. It’s no surprise that there’s such excitement surrounding the special, given the world’s fascination with the music industry’s arguably most powerful and adored couple. Still, Beyoncé and Jay Z are actually just the latest in a long list of artists who have brought one of their concerts to the small screen. Take a look at 6 of HBO’s iconic concert specials before On The Run airs in September.

Whitney Houston, Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston

The 1991 special marked Houston’s first ever solo televised concert. The show was meant a tribute to Gulf War veterans and their families, following her famous performance of “The Star-Bangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. The concert itself was only open to about 3,100 people, but plenty of people caught it on the small screen. The special earned record viewership for the network, bringing in around 7.9 million viewers. Houston went on to participate in two more concert specials with HBO, Whitney — The Concert for a New South Africa in 1994 and Classic Whitney Live From Washington D.C. in 1997.