Article By: Taylor Davidson
I first saw Post Malone open for Fetty Wap in February of 2016. “White Iverson” was the only song he had at the time. Malone played the track four times in-a-row for the overwhelmingly excited crowd. Fans screamed along to every word, and at that moment, I knew Post Malone had a bright future ahead of him.
Last week I had the privilege of witnessing Post sell out The Boulder Theater, encouraging a line of anxious fans to wrap around the entire block of 14th and Pearl Street. When I made my way to the photo pit, I was amazed not only at how packed the venue was, but by how genuinely excited everyone in the crowd was.
Smokepurpp opened the show with an energetic performance, ending with his hit single “Audi.” From the moment Smokepurpp left the stage, fans were screaming Post Malone’s name (Austin), unable to endure the wait between sets.
Finally, Post Malone walked onto the stage, with lights shining brightly off his smiling diamond grills. He had a drink in hand, and quickly introduced himself before paying homage to the late A$AP Yams, Pimp C, and Bankroll Fresh. Pouring out some liquor for his lost friends, he immediately began to sing “Too Young” off of his debut album “Stoney.” As the lyrics rang “I don’t want to die too young, too young, too young,” the emotion in Malone’s voice echoed throughout the venue as he paid his tribute.
Following his emotional opening, Post did not hesitate to jump right into his more upbeat songs. The audience bounced and sang along to every word, while his contagious sparkling smile lit up the room.
Earlier in the week, a video surfaced of Post Malone attempting to stage dive, however the audience at that show failed to catch him. He later spoke out on the incident via Twitter, joking: “I felt like Jack Black in School of Rock tonight when I stage dived and nobody caught my fat a**. Wish I had Lil Uzi body.” Mentioning the hilarious fall, Post stated “… If you have been on the internet at all, you probably know that at my shows I either fall or cover Nirvana. Well, I’m fat and I smoke cigarettes and I can’t really breathe the air up here, so here is a Nirvana cover.” He then pulled out a completely bedazzled guitar and put his all into a completely flawless cover of “All Apologies.”
Wrapping up the set was a huge for Post Malone, as he performed his newly released song “Rockstar.” Only out for a week before the show, Post expressed his amazement with how well the new song (featuring 21 Savage) was already doing. “It isn’t number one this week, it’s number two. But next week this song will be number 1. I want to thank you guys because we broke an Apple Music record, imagine every song on Apple Music ever--Rockstar has been streamed more than any of those songs,” he announced letting out a laugh of disbelief and pride and the crowd erupted into congratulatory screams.
“Congratulations,” Malone’s hit featuring Quavo from the trio Migos, ended the show after a brief inspirational speech from the rapper. He recalled how when he began making music, few believed in him and he felt as though he had no support. Instead of giving in, he followed his heart and made an incredible debut album, that in turn gained him an extraordinary fan base and huge successes. Leaving the stage, Post Malone turned around and advised: “never listen to the haters. Do what you want to do and follow your heart.”