A few of the $50 T-shirts on sale at Xcel Power Heart on Sunday evening learn, “Submit Malone likes me,” and that slogan turned out be the mantra of the live performance.
The tattoo-faced pop singer/rapper of “Circles” and “Rockstar” fame spent a great portion of his 95-minute St. Paul efficiency telling — or exhibiting — the sold-out crowd how completely happy he was to see them. His friendliness appeared 100% real, too, given this was solely the second date on his first post-lockdown tour.
“I am unable to let you know how [bleeping] good it’s after 2½ years to come back out and simply [bleeping] rock this place,” the 27-year-old Texan mentioned upon greeting the 14,000-plus followers.
Sunday’s live performance had quite a lot of the identical party-hearty, carefree vibes as Posty’s prior journey to Xcel Heart in 2019, when he packed the sector two nights in a row. He talked usually to the group and drank rather a lot, chugging beer from a pink plastic Solo cup between songs extra usually than even Toby Keith does (whose hits embrace “Crimson Solo Cup”).
In step with his extra somber, troubled new album, although, some components of the live performance veered sharply towards severe and downcast themes. In these instances, it felt like Posty was being the type of pal that pulls you from the get together right into a darkish counter to open up and let you know all the pieces’s going to be all proper.
This therapeutic theme was prevalent from the beginning within the opening track “Popularity,” a deeply bellowed gut-wrencher that additionally kicks off his private new album, “Twelve Carat Toothache.”
“Cannot be anybody else, so do not let me go / Save your self,” he sang as he dramatically clutched a microphone stand and stood nonetheless on the principle stage at present’s begin.
Quickly, although, Posty was strutting and bouncing everywhere to happier tunes, together with a brand new one actually referred to as “I Like You (A Happier Track).” He moved round by way of three lengthy runways that ran the size of the sector flooring, with a whole lot of followers fortunately sandwiched in between them; a fairly nifty stage setup, really.
Sunday’s setlist pulled as closely from Submit’s rowdy breakthrough 2018 album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” because it did the brand new file. There was little doubt which of these followers wished to listen to extra of. The megahits “Higher Now” and “Psycho” prompted crazed responses early within the present, as did “Rockstar” and even the deeper reduce “Over Now” close to the tip.
Sprinkled all through the present, although, had been the brand new songs wherein the real-life Austin Richard Submit confessed he is been having a tough time with life. “Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol” spoke plainly about his woes. The darkest, heaviest new tune was “Euthanasia,” which he delivered from his knees on a small round stage on the far finish of the sector.
“In case you ever really feel heartbroken and by your self, you are not,” he instructed the group. “There are folks on the market who love you greater than you realize.”
As a lot as he confirmed private and musical progress, Posty didn’t actually develop a complete lot as a stay performer since final time round.
Sunday’s efficiency as soon as once more relied solely on backing tracks in lieu of a band, together with ample pre-recorded vocal components. Had opening act Roddy Ricch not proven up late within the present to hitch in on their collaborative hit “Cooped Up,” the present would’ve been nothing however Posty singing alongside to Posty — who’s a strong vocalist in live performance however in any other case does not have a lot of a commanding stage presence.
In his Michael Gallup-branded Dallas Cowboys soccer jersey and that ever-present Solo cup, he regarded like a man who got here straight from his uncle’s tailgating get together to be there. Even his dance strikes appeared a bit half-hearted. He was informal sufficient about his stage presence to gentle up a cigarette mid-song in “Sweet Paint,” with the ample backing vocals permitting him loads of time to puff away.
After all, Posty’s everyman persona is a part of why followers like him. They confirmed some severe love when he bought to a three-song phase on acoustic guitar, which included “Keep” and “Circles.”
They went ga-ga once more within the finale “Congratulations,” which he delivered bare-chested after throwing his jersey into the group. He then hung round on stage for extra 5 minutes after the music ended to signal autographs, shake arms and take selfies with followers.
Looks like a real pal.