From headlining the Rodeo Tour at Concord Music Hall in 2015, to causing mayhem at Lollapalooza, to selling out the United Center in Chicago – Travis Scott has officially reached the astronomical level of certified superstar.
The journey to the top thus far hasn’t been an easy one for Travis Scott, people and critics alike didn’t understand his onstage antics and the concept of “rage” he brought out of each and every audience member who were in attendance at one of his early shows. Fast forward to 2018, the rage is now more than ever apart of hip-hip and its culture.
Thursday night, Chicago fans packed the United Center for Travis Scott’s first headlining arena tour, ASTROWORLD: WISH YOU WERE HERE TOUR. From the get-go, people were ready to experience Astroworld – of course lines for merchandise were insane both before & after the concert.
It should be noted, there was not a lot of OG Travis Scott merch worn by concert goers, a person could count on one hand at how many people were rocking vintage threads, but there were plenty of 2018 Astroworld bandwagon supporters repping the #1 album in the country by dawning new t-shirts, hoodies, and hats.
The night kicked with Sheck Wes and Gunna. Trippie Red has reportedly quit the tour. First up was the “Sheck Jesus” rapper who turned up the crowd level from 0 to 10 with his performance of the hit “Mo Bamba”. Drip Season was in effect as Gunna would take the stage next, performing cuts from his numerous projects, including “Drip Too Hard”.
As with any Travis Scott concert, there will be ragers, some will rage so hard mere minutes before the headlining artist takes the stage. This statement would be true as a fan would throw up close to my section minutes before Travis was set to take the stage. Not only that, the foul eruption would land on seats in front of fan who flung up chunks and to no surprise it also landed on an unfortunate onlooker’s back, as it was splattered with the stuff. He necessarily wouldn’t be the only one, a couple of unaware patrons would make the gravely mistake of “taking a seat” in the mess, right before anyone in the section could get the chance to warn them. The said fan who caused the mess was escorted out.
As the light went low, the main stage displayed Astroworld graphics welcoming everyone to the experience. While the crowd’s attention was focused on the main stage, the Man of the hour, Travis Scott would appear on the smaller stage, towards the back half of the arena, shouting in autotune “I’m behind you”. Of course this caused people to rush to the smaller stage as Travis opened with “Stargazing”.
The show was off to an explosive start as Travis Scott would dig deep into his discography, performing rare gems from his early projects Owl Pharaoh & Days Before Rodeo – including the tracks “Quintana”, “Uptown”, “Skyfall”, and more. The special effects, pyro and stage setups were prodigious to see in person.
During the first half of the show, the “No Bystanders” rapper would perform on the smaller stage that included a one loop around roller coaster – Handpicked fans had the opportunity to go round and round while Travis performed.
This wouldn’t be the only coaster inside the arena, as the instrumental of “Piss on Your Gave” echo throughout the United Center, a fan and Travis boarded a two-seat cart and it would then ascend to the top of the arena and proceeded to take off. This is where “Antidote” & “Can’t Say” would be performed.
Travis even took a moment to slow things down to perform “Drugs You Should Try”, a rarity from the Houston rapper. La Flame would even crack a smile (another rare sight) when fans came unglued for the transition from Drugs You Should Try to “90210”.
Throughout the show, Travis Scott’s high octane energy was on full display. The concert came to a close with Travis thanking everyone for getting “Sicko Mode” to number one, before closing and setting the stage ablaze with a intensified and commanding performance of said track.
Check out photos from the Chicago stop of the Astroworld Tour.
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