Post Malone – Rod Laver Arena

Post Malone – Rod Laver Arena

Support from Jaden Smith and Tyla Yaweh

Written by Tara O’Brien

Photos by Nick Tucker


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Last night Post Malone (Austin Richard Post) kicked off the first of his three headline shows at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, as part of his huge Australian tour. Supporting Malone was Jaden Smith and Tyla Yaweh. Smith, Karate Kid turned rapper, had a stint in hospital that morning but still showed up to pump the crowd for Malone with bassy drops and an impressive visual show to back up his tracks from the 2017 album Syre and the forthcoming Eyres is Coming.

Teens decked out in adidas and nike gear from head to toe are here to see Malone who they clearly idolise. Comments like “I’m just going to fuck*** die when he comes on” can be heard around me and indicate Malone’ cult-like status among teens. Every teenager in Melbourne appears to be there by the time Malone starts.

Malone entered wearing a white suit with embroided snakes and flames, accompanied by intermittent bursts of flame on either side of the catwalk-like runway. Being a one-man show Malone has all the attention as he pumps out most songs in his reportoire coming from his 2016 album Stoney and 2018 Beer Bongs & Bentleys. Notable moments are well-known Better Now, Candy Paint and Psycho, and new single Wow which he says is about “turning up to a party and looking cool as f***”. Malone pauses to do a shoey volunteered by an eager punter in the crowd, getting everyone to chant “here’s to Posty he’s true blue” and gives us a glimpse into his carefree character. This is the first time during the show his greasy, unkept looks are put into full focus by the lighting with sweat pouring off his heavily tattooed face.

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Malone slows down the pace about half way and plays the guitar in ‘Stay’, which he introduces by saying “let’s see if I don’t royally f*** this up”, laughing in his self-deprecating way. His voice shines through in the slower, more personal tracks, as the more mainstream ones rely sometimes a bit much on backing tracks. He brings it back up with his apparently “only good song” White Iverson, catchy Spider-man tune Sunflower and huge Rockstar. He takes his guitar out and smashes it up with his feet in a ridiculous spectacle, gives a somewhat inspirational speech “do what ever you want to do cause no one can tell you f****** anything” before fininishing on Congratulations.

You can see why Malone is popular with the gen z crowd as he traverses across several genres ranging from pop-rap to country and expresses emotional confusion about himself and the world around him during songs like Up There and Too Young. At the same time his show feels like a big celebration and reminder to not take things too seriously.

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