Billie Eilish Is ‘Happier Than Ever’ In Happy Valley
“What is that thing? We are?” Billie Eilish asked the crowd. “Penn State!” fans replied back without missing a beat.
Eilish took the crowd by storm at the Bryce Jordan Center, the sixth stop on her “Happier than Ever” tour. With incredible stage presence paired with support from her band, Aron Forbes, and FINNEAS, Eilish delivered a show sure to live on in the hearts of Penn Staters for years to come.
Before Eilish appeared on stage, Tkay Maidza charmed the crowd with her enigmatic personality and a set stacked with catchy songs. Maidza went the extra mile, teaching fans the lyrics to two of her songs, “Awake” and “Kim”. Soon, regardless of hearing her work prior or not, the whole crowd was jamming out to her performance.
Shortly after, Eilish appeared by seemingly jumping up from underneath the stage, and the crowd erupted into screams. Before saying a word to the crowd, Eilish performed “bury a friend” and let her remarkable opener speak for herself. “Penn State!” Eilish exclaimed, before following up with “I Didn’t Block Your Number”.
After playing a slew of amazing songs like “Therefore I Am” and “idontwannabeyouanymore”, Eilish asked eager fans to stand up and jump around to the next song. She stated she wanted them to “fuck around” and “just have fun with it” before giving a killer performance of “you should see me in a crown”. With the whole crowd going crazy, and Eilish performing with unbelievable energy, the performance was a highlight of the night.
Similarly, Eilish requested the crowd “get low” as the beat began to build in the last minute of “Oxytocin” before everybody sprung up and started to dance once again as she sang her heart out.
Eilish found time to slow it down in the night, as she delivered stripped-back performances of “Your Power” and “Male Fantasy” where her voice truly shined. Likewise, Eilish was able to be a bit more personal with the crowd, telling them she has to make sure they were all safe.
“Are you all drinking enough water? I know you’re not!” Eilish joked.
After playing more hits, including “Bellyache”, “Ocean Eyes”, and “Lost Cause”, Eilish shared another intimate moment with the crowd, telling fans to be happy they’re living in this moment. Requesting that fans put their phone away, Eilish sat down to perform one of her most heartbreaking songs to date, “when the party’s over”.
Eilish began to wrap up the night with performances such as “all the good girls go to hell,” which featured several images showing the effects of climate change in the background. Later, during “everything i wanted,” she was able to pay tribute to the fans by displaying their faces on screen.
Ultimately, she chose to send fans off with the title track of her sophomore album, “Happier Than Ever”. Confetti filled the arena, as Eilish started the song out mellowly, but soon built up to the hard-hitting, angrier backing half. Fans danced and let some much-needed screams out with the lyrics, as Eilish belted her heart out, making it the perfect way to end her stay at University Park.
Along with a night of memorable performances, fans with general admission tickets were throwing tokens of their affection up onto the stage for Eilish. A scarf, bras, and even a Penn State t-shirt were among some of the things given to Eilish, making sure Penn State was just as memorable for her. Eilish herself even uttered a few memorable phrases like, “Can I sign your boobs? Somebody just fainted!” and the iconic “We Are” chant.
It’s only fitting that Eilish brought her “Happier Than Ever” tour to Happy Valley. Although fans exited the Bryce Jordan Center as “goodbye” played in the background, one thing is for certain: We hope this isn’t our final goodbye, Billie Eilish.
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