Musicians like Billie Eilish come once in the blue moon. She plays by her own rules by being authentic and her earnest, uniquely broody music resonates well with fans. Her music resonates so much that the Los Angeles-based 17-year old singer-songwriter sold-out three LA shows in minutes and the rest of her tour is also completely sold-out. The excitement was palpable on the first back-to-back LA show at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on Tuesday night, July 9.
Fans pushed as hard as they could to score a spot in front of the barrier. It got so intense that security had to step up and carry out fans who were on the brink of fainting. When Eilish appeared on stage in her signature neon-colored, baggy T-shirt and long-shorts outfit, fans jumped with excitement and the place was filled with deafening screams. Eilish began with her current hit “Bad Guy” and was nearly drowned out by her adoring fans. Something I've never witnessed before.
Watching Eilish perform live is exhilarating. She exudes confidence, owning the stage with her dance moves and presence. She can snarl like a rock star on songs like “my strange addiction” and "you should see me in a crown" and strip down for ballads like “when the party’s over.” A group of dancers even came out on a bed that was suspended from the ceiling for the song “idontwannabeyouanymore.” It was similar to the setup she had during her Coachella performances in April. Later, Eilish effortlessly hopped on the bed for a creepy exorcist-like rendition of “Bury a Friend” and during the performance of "i love you" with fellow musician, brother, and producing partner Finneas.
What made the night truly special was hearing Eilish talk about growing up in Los Angeles and experiencing the music scene. Eilish revealed her very first concert ever was at The Shrine. She pointed directly to the spot towards the back where she stood and told the story of how she and Finneas went to see the rock band The Neighborhood.
Eilish's setlist was comprised of songs from her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and EPs she's released through the years. Eilish is currently on tour supporting the album. For more information visit site.billieeilish.com.
Photos by Jacqueline Naranjo