Kacey Musgraves Triumphantly Overcomes Heartbreak With Theatrical Showcase Of ‘Star-Crossed’ In Philadelphia

Kacey Musgraves; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

Kacey Musgraves brought her highly-anticipated Star-Crossed: Unveiled Tour to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening (Jan. 26). The tour, which is in support of her fifth studio album, Star-Crossed (2021), also featured support from King Princess and MUNA

Days prior to Musgraves’ Well Fargo Center concert, the pop country hitmaker made a surprise appearance at the piano bar inside of Tavern On Camac, Philadelphia’s longest running gay bar. During her appearance she covered Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” with a few of the bar’s patrons.

Musgraves’ special appearance took place on one of her days off in the City of Brotherly Love, during which she said she also ate some “dank food,” went to the Mutter Museum to see “all the dead sh*t,” among other things.

The six-time GRAMMY-award winner kicked off her impressive show with the title track to the tour and her latest album, Star-Crossed, a project which chronicles her divorce from singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly. After powering through “Star-Crossed,” “Good Wife,” and “Cherry Blossom,” the Texas native greeted the audience.

“It feels good to be off the couch and out of your PJs, amirite?” Musgraves asked. “Though honestly, it looks like some of you still have your PJs on.” 

The show, which marked Musgraves’ first-ever headlining arena show in Philadelphia, featured all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a superstar, including confetti, a money gun, stunning visuals, a heart-shaped stage and a curtain that looked like something you’d see on Broadway in New York City.

The “Justified” singer brought a theatrical performance with a flair for the dramatic, making for a perfectly fitting showcase of her latest project. “If you have any kind of broken heart, we’re gonna heal that sh*t,” Musgraves told the crowd. “We’re gonna have fun even though my album is pretty f**king depressing.”

Musgraves’ 18-song set included 10 songs from Star-Crossed, including “Justified,” “Breadwinner,” “Camera Roll,” “Hookup Scene,” “There Is A Light,” “Gracias a la Vida” and more. In addition to the aforementioned tracks from her latest album, she also performed fan-favorite hits such as “Golden Hour,” “Space Cowboy,” “High Horse,” “Merry Go ‘Round,” “Slow Burn,” “Rainbow,” and more. 

A highlight of her performance was when Musgraves’ brought her Kaceyoke segment back, asking a fan from the audience to choose a song for her to cover from a list of country hits, including Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly,” TLC’s “No Scrubs,” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” One fan, who has been following Musgraves for years chose Parton’s “9 to 5,” which the singer slayed.

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@kaceymusgraves covering #DollyParton in Philly is EVERYTHING! 😍 #KaceyMusgraves #9to5

♬ 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

The singer/songwriter truly shined while delivering a confident performance that flawlessly showcased her new era, which finds her triumphantly overcoming heartbreak and finding true happiness.

Genderqueer indie pop-rock artist King Princess served as direct support and had the crowd singing along with performances of hits such as “1950″ and “Talia.”

Los Angeles based group MUNA opened the show with a charming five-song set, which ended with their viral hit “Silk Chiffon,” that had the audience swooning over their infectious sound. 

Kacey Musgraves Set List
star-crossed
good wife
cherry blossom
simple times
breadwinner
Golden Hour
Butterflies
Lonely Weekend
Space Cowboy
High Horse
camera roll
hookup scene
Merry Go ‘Round
9 to 5
justified
there is a light
gracias a la vida
Encore:
Slow Burn
Rainbow

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