Yes Billie Eilish seemed a little happier than ever when the “Happier Than Ever” tour hit Glendale, who could blame her, really?
She began her week at the Oscars, where she and Finneas – her brother and singer-songwriter – shot a stunning version of “No Time to Die”, the James Bond theme for which the siblings won Best Original Song at the Oscars.
A week later, she is due to perform at the Grammys, where she landed seven nominations, including Record, Song and Album of the Year.
The “Happier Than Ever” tour hit Glendale for the first of two non-consecutive dates the day before the Grammys.
Sunday’s concert was pushed back to Monday after the Grammys were forced to postpone to this weekend due to the spike in COVID-19 in January.
As she noted toward the end of Saturday’s performance, “It’s been a whole week, folks.”
It wouldn’t be the first time she’s enjoyed a big night at the Grammys.
It’s been two years since she became youngest artist to win all four major categories – Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year – all in one night.
She is 20 now.
Eilish played many songs from ‘Happier Than Ever’
Or “Getting Older”, as she sang it, accompanied by old home movies of her and her brother as adorable young children, in one of the sweetest moments of a concert that hasn’t left no doubt what made Eilish a Grammy-winning superstar at such a young age.
From the moment she seemed to magically appear as a sinister Marilyn Manson-esque “burying a friend,” she commanded the scene with the confidence of a much more seasoned veteran while still acting in her own right. age, especially when interacting with the crowd that filled Gila River Arena with cheers of approval.
At times, these young fans sang with such enthusiasm that it threatened to drown out Eilish’s own voice.
She’s a charismatic presence who spent the night telling fans who so clearly adore her as equals, repeatedly telling them how much she loves them and their handmade signs.
“I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me every night,” she said.
She led them into the wave and got them down as low as they could to the ground, then jumped up and down with abandon.
She was joined on stage by Finneas, of course, and drummer Andrew Marshall – just the three of them on a visibly empty stage, Finneas alternating instruments throughout the night while fleshing out the sound with plugged-in instruments.
The set list favored “Happier Than Ever”. She did 13 of the album’s 16 songs, including career-defining highlights like a screaming rendition of “Therefore I Am” and “Your Power.”
She returned to her debut EP, “don’t smile at me,” for three songs, singing “tummy ache” and “ocean eyes” while soaring above the crowd on a crane.
And that still left plenty of time in a concert that lasted an hour and 40 minutes for eight songs from “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, the first feature for which she chose the album of the year in 2020.
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Eilish was going through a cold
Despite the minimalistic staging, it was a visually stunning performance, thanks in large part to the lighting but also the visuals playing on the giant screen behind her.
Eilish was battling a cold, as she told the crowd on more than one occasion. On several occasions, she coughed into his arm at the end of a line and then sang the next line flawlessly, as if she weren’t sick at all.
And no matter how she felt, she rarely stopped moving in the show’s most energetic moments, bouncing around in her white leather sneakers while rocking an oversized t-shirt and pigtails, making good use of the massive ramp that linked the main stage to a second floor.
These high-energy moments, of which there were plenty, were offset by jaw-dropping ballads that illustrated what an underrated singer she was, from a deeply moving “idontwannabeyouanymore” to the even better “Halley’s Comet.” .
She was seven songs into the set when Eilish shared her two rules for the night.
“No. 1, don’t judge anyone here,” she said to wild applause. “No. 2, have fun (expletive).”
Afterwards, she encouraged fans to “collapse” and relax.
“There are a lot of stiff bodies here,” she said. “It’s very simple. I want all of us to feel free and loose and just plain powerful.”
Halfway through the concert, she and Finneas sat on stools in the center for understated, acoustic guitar versions of “I Love You” and “For Power,” which had loud bass sounds.
It was after “Your Power” that Eilish delved into the relative merits of different brands of bottled water. She dislikes Dasani, calling it the #1 grossest water and saying it “tastes like an (expletive) inhaler”.
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‘Your Power’ was the highlight of the evening
She was two minutes in the water when the conversation shifted gears in one of the most heartfelt moments of the night about how much she loves “Your Power.”
“I’m really proud and attached to it,” she said.
“I think it’s really important that he exists and I just think it’s good that we remember not to abuse our power, A, and to protect young women, for (expletive). Young people girls must be protected at all costs.”
By then, Finneas had returned to his station and Eilish sat alone center stage playing guitar to a powerful version of “Male Fantasy”, with Finneas joining in on the shadow harmonies.
Video footage featuring the body-positive ‘Happier Than Ever’ track ‘For Your Consideration’ gave the singer time to walk to the back of the arena and board the gondola for a set of four songs that ended with a melancholic “Bored.”
Back on the main stage, Eilish poured her heart out into one of the concert’s emotional centerpieces, “Getting Older.”
This gave way to “Lost Cause”, after which she asked that everyone put their phones down for a while and log in as humans.
“I want us all to be in this moment and to be present and grateful that we’re alive and breathing and that we’re together again because it’s so important,” she said in a statement. speech that ended with her. encouraging everyone to close their eyes and breathe deeply.
“I want you to think only good thoughts,” she said. “Leave none of the bad thoughts in your head. And know that you are loved and safe.”
Then it was back to the music for a melancholic flavored with gospel “when the party’s over”.
At the time, she was in the home stretch, following a moving “all the good girls go to hell” with a huge single on the disco-flavored, fan-dedicated “everything I wanted”, which she has said, “I owe you everything.”
After bringing the energy level back to a boil with her chart-topping debut single, “Bad Guy,” Eilish signed on with the title track of “Happier Than Ever” in a shower of confetti that felt like he was snowing.
On disc, “Happier Than Ever” is a tour de force filled with emotions. In concert, it was somehow even better, a triumphant end to a night that made a solid case for Eilish as a legend in the making who definitely grew into her role as an arena headliner.
Billie Eilish’s set list
“bury a friend”
“I haven’t changed my number”
“So I am”
“my strange addiction”
“I don’t want you anymore”
“you should see me in a crown”
Billie Bossa Nova
“Oxytocin” (with excerpt from “COPYCAT”)
“I love you”
“Not my responsibility”
“the eyes of the ocean”
“To get old”
“when the party’s over”
“all good girls go to hell”
“everything I wanted”
“Happier than ever”
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