Post Malone – Xfinity Center – 5.24.2018
Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA – 5.24.2018
Words and photos by Brittany Isaacson
At 22 years old, not many musicians can say they are selling out arena-sized shows and have broken records set by names as big as the Beatles. Austin Richard Post, aka Post Malone, is doing just that.
Upon the release of his latest album, beerbongs & bentleys, the genre-bending artist broke the record for most simultaneous Top 20 Hits on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing the Beatles and J. Cole. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and achieving the biggest streaming week ever for an album, beerbongs & bentleys far exceeded expectations.
Late last month Post Malone kicked off his North American tour with multi-platinum rapper 21 Savage. The tour touches down in 28 cities across the country and wraps up on June 24 in California. Last week the tour stopped in Mansfield, MA and sold out the 20,000+ capacity venue.
Happy tail-gaiters lined the parking lots and lines half a mile long formed at every entrance as fans began to pour into the Xfinity Center. Opening acts Paris and SOB X RBE began hyping up the crowd with their performances, leaving fans anxious with anticipation. By the time 21 Savage took the stage, the venue was packed from pit to lawn. A cinematic video was projected on the screen leading up to 21 Savage’s arrival. While his performance was vocally pleasant and his production was well done, his stage presence was little-to-none and the bass was far too overwhelming. However, fans fed off the energy of his set and grew in excitement for the final performance of the night.
The stage turned black, and the background music faded out as anticipation grew wild. Post Malone walked onto the stage with a smile on his face and a beer in his hand, and the crowd roared in unison. The singer/songwriter opened with “Too Young” off of his debut album, Stoney, before diving into popular hits “Better Now” and “Takin’ Shots” off of his latest work, beerbongs & bentleys.
The set continued with hits sampling all of Post’s discography, including “Psycho,” “Paranoid,” and “I Fall Apart.” To break up the extensive setlist, Post slowed things down with a few acoustic songs. “Feeling Whitney” was a pleasant surprise to hear live, along with “Stay.” The rawness of the acoustic performances really highlighted Post’s multifaceted musical talents and vocal abilities.
The final part of Post Malone’s set was packed with some of his most popular songs, including “Go Flex,” “Rockstar,” and “White Iverson.” Ending the night with “Congratulations,” Post had the entire crowd singing along one last time.
Complete with a smile, a cigarette, and a beer, Post’s down-to-earth personality made for an intimate and real performance. The constant smile on his face alluded to his humbleness and showed that he was really happy to be playing for his fans. The atmosphere of the show was very uplifting and “feel-good.”
Beerbongs & bentleys is out now and available on all major streaming platforms and postmalone.com. There’s about a month left of this tour, so be sure to catch Post Malone live at a date near you!