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The Kid LAROI ‘Can’t Go Back To The Way It Was’ In First BJC Performance

Australian singer and rapper The Kid LAROI turned up Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center during the latest stop on his “Bleed For You” tour. 

Nineteen-year-old LAROI was a protege of the late rapper Juice WRLD, who accompanied him on his tours through 2018 and 2019. LAROI released his only mixtape to date, “Fuck Love,” soon after, featuring the Billboard top 10 hit “Without You.”

He then confusingly re-released “Fuck Love” twice, calling the new editions “Fuck Love (Savage)” and “Fuck Love 3: Over You,” and slapping a deluxe edition onto the latter. LAROI collaborated with Justin Bieber on “Stay,” his first No. 1 hit, in 2021.

LAROI’s debut album, “The First Time,” is scheduled to release sometime this year.

Earlier in the day, LAROI hosted a casual meet-and-greet outside of the HUB. He posed for photos, gave away free merch, and got Penn State hyped for his concert.

Opener Jeremy Zucker came out promptly at 8 p.m. in a swath of blue light. The singer-songwriter, accompanied by his keyboardist and brother, Todd, and a drummer, performed platinum-certified hits like “comethru,” and “all the kids are depressed.”

Zucker also performed “you were good to me,” off the “Brent” EP which features friend-of-the-BJC Chelsea Cutler.

Then, it was time for the main event.

LAROI began his set silhouetted behind an opaque curtain on stage, softly singing the words to “I Can’t Go Back To The Way It Was.” The strobe lights shot on as he finished.

“Penn State, what the fuck is up?” LAROI yelled, emerging from behind the curtain atop a barbed-wire cage with three snarling dogs in it.

He started his setlist with a trio of high-octane cuts: “Let Her Go,” “Diva,” with Lil Tecca, and “Same Energy.”

LAROI danced like no one was watching as he sang, thrashing around with even more vigor than the crowd. He climbed to the top of the stage for two of his more recent releases, “Thousand Miles” and “Kids Are Growing Up.” Not satisfied, he commandeered the drum set to play the intro of “So Done,” taking the mic back to sing the rest.

LAROI paid tribute to Juice WRLD, leading a “long live Juice” chant and performing “GO” — a collaboration with his mentor. 

After a few more songs, LAROI stopped to voice his appreciation for the crowd. 

“We’ve been a lot of places, but this is exactly what it’s supposed to fucking feel like,” LAROI said.

He slowed things down with “Selfish” and “NOT FAIR,” two picks from the original “Fuck Love.” 

Pausing again, he stood on the edge of the stage and asked a woman in the front row to tell him the name of the last person who broke her heart.

“Philip,” she squeaked.

“Philip?” he repeated, mystified. “Fuck Philip!” 

As the crowd parroted him, middle fingers up, he launched into the aptly titled “FUCK YOU, GOODBYE,” featuring Machine Gun Kelly. 

It became obvious that LAROI was holding back his biggest hits as the concert went on. He confessed that he was tired of performing “Stay” at “corporate shit” but gave in anyways soon after. He followed it up with an acoustic song from his new album, before seemingly leaving the stage and ending the concert. The crowd was predictably not having it, chanting for him to come back until he gave them an encore of “Without You” and “Paris To Tokyo.” 

LAROI left his audience with a few more words of encouragement.

“If there’s one thing I want you to take away when you walk out of this building tonight, it’s that if nobody else has got you, just know LAROI’s got you, motherfucker!”

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Adam Babetski

Adam Babetski is a senior double majoring in broadcast journalism and medieval history and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He's from the only part of Virginia without tractors and southern accents, except Richmond (reportedly). You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBabetski for hot takes about sports. For serious inquiries, email [email protected].

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