‘Wow.’ Post Malone is even better in person


Brenda Maytorena Lara

Post Malone performs on stage during his Runway Tour at the CHI Health Center Omaha on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

Grace Adler, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the music sensation, Post Malone, kicked off the second leg of his worldwide “Runway Tour” in Omaha, Nebraska. Although it may have been cold outside, Post Malone brought some much-needed heat to downtown Omaha.

Thousands of fans poured into the CHI Health Center hours before the start of the concert in hopes of buying some of the merchandise exclusively sold at his shows. While extremely overpriced, the clothing exclusively sold at his tour venues, including sweatshirts for $75 and t-shirts for $45, induced chaos across the 194,000 square feet of the convention center. Thousands of people flocked to each of the four merchandise stands scattered around and arranged themselves in many, seemingly endless, lines. 

When I arrived with my three friends, we, too, immediately rushed to get in one of the mile-long lines. We waited for about 40 minutes to reach the register, and I quickly purchased two sweatshirts and three shirts. After spending almost $275, we finally headed to our seats and waited for the show to begin.

Swae Lee, the opener for Post Malone, came out about an hour before the show started to work some energy into the crowd. He performed some of his most popular songs, including “Black Beatles” and “Powerglide,” as well as some other classic anthems like “Unforgettable” and “Guatemala.” 

By the time the show finally began at 9:45 pm with a fog-filled, rock music intro, the entire stadium was buzzing with anticipation to see the true star of the night. Post Malone emerged from the cloud of smoke in a pair of light-washed jeans and an Ozzy Osbourne t-shirt ready to go “Psycho.” 

Starting off with the title track off of his last album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” the singer instantly captivated everyone. The elaborate light show, smoke, pillars of fire and explosive fireworks, in addition to the 20-foot screens behind the stage, kept the audience engaged at all times, even from up in the nose-bleed section, throughout the many tracks played such as “Over Now,” “Candy Paint,” “Circles” and “Paranoid.”

Towards the middle of the show, Malone brought out his acoustic guitar and stool to play “Stay,” underneath a single spotlight. This relatable, emotion-provoking song struck a chord with many, especially me, as one of the most unforgettable parts of the night.

By the end of the nearly three-hour experience, Malone had exhausted his vocals. Before ending the show, he closed with his multi-platinum hit “Congratulations” and a final thank you. In a final spectacle of lights and fireworks, Malone disappeared the same way he entered — in a cloud of smoke and darkness. 

Looking back on the experience, one thing is certain. Post Malone is a “Rockstar.”