As I entered the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the night of April 26th, the energy was incredible. So much buzz and excitement around the arena knowing that everyone was going to witness Post Malone perform songs off his new album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, for the first time. Not only that, but Post would hop on stage merely minutes after the album’s release.
I knew it was going to be a special performance when I heard show staff report that the bass rattled the ground so hard that it messed up MRI machines in the neighboring medical facility during soundcheck, earlier in the day.
The Beerbongs and Bentleys Tour kicked off with a brief set by Paris.
Next on stage was surging group SOB x RBE from Vallejo, California. The group performed an abbreviated set of about 25 minutes. Finishing strong with “Anti,” and their 2018 hit collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the Black Panther Soundtrack, “Paramedic!”
Then came 21 Savage, coming off his first studio album Issa, and collab project with Offset and Metro Boomin, Without Warning. For stage production, 21 had a robotic statue of the horror movie character Jason, wielding a large sword. 21 rattled off hit after hit towards the end of his 45-minute set, including his feature on “Bartier Cardi” and “Bank Account.” 21’s feature on “rockstar,” of course, was saved for later in the show.
Finally (a little behind schedule), Austin Post arrived on stage following a long, bass filled introduction that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. The curtain fell, revealing Post sitting on stage as “Too Young” started to play.
Post won over the crowd early (and easily) proclaiming it would be the first time he had performed his album live, as well as that he was happy it could be in Portland. He then premiered “Over Now” and “Takin’ Shots.”
Halfway through his set, Post brought out his guitar. One of the more versatile hip-hop performers in the game, Post acoustically performed “Feeling Whitney” and “Stay.”
At the end of his set, 21 Savage came back out on stage to perform their smash hit “rockstar.” This was a very nice touch that will be appreciated by fans night after night on this tour.
Post Malone thanked his fans in attendance for vibing with him throughout the performance of all the new songs, knowing they wouldn’t have had time to listen to the album prior to him gracing the stage. It certainly created an interesting atmosphere, but I’m sure not one many would trade because of the novelty of the performance.
Post Malone is on tour in the United States until June 24th, when he will finish this leg of the Beerbongs and Bentleys Tour in San Francisco, California. Get tickets to a show near you.