April 27, 2018
VANCOUVER – In the crowd of thousands at Rogers Arena, no one was more excited to be there than Post Malone himself. Emerging onstage at exactly 10:00 p.m. after openers Paris, Tyla Yawah, and Saint Jhn – the original lineup of 21 Savage and SOB X RBE were unable to cross the Canadian border – he proceeded to ask fans if they’d heard his new album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, yet, and if they’d be able to sing along. After all, it’s a risky move to release an album mere days into touring; Beerbongs & Bentleys came out April 27, the same day as this show. When the response was a 50/50 divide of yeses and noes, the rapper reassured everyone that they likely knew it better than he did, as he was “a little drunk right now.”
What followed was a high-energy performance proving Post Malone’s fears unwarranted, as the audience raucously sang and danced to every song, new and old alike. Occasionally, he’d pause to make quips like “I’m too fat for this shit, man,” or to take a hit of a joint. Then he’d slide right back into singing, unphased. While most of the show was spent hopping around from one side of the stage to the other, the artist would also intermittently sit down to strum a guitar and sing more acoustic, melodic tunes than his usual rap.
After his set, Malone smashed a guitar and walked calmly offstage. But there was barely time to scream for an encore before he was back to perform fan favourite “White Iverson,” followed by an emotional speech about how he’d always been made fun of for his musical dreams – a perfect segue into “Congratulations,” the final song of the show.post malone, Rogers Arena