Post Malone brought his impressive Runaway Tour to Philadelphia for a sold out show at Wells Fargo Center with special guests Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh. Post Malone touring in support of his highly-successful third studio album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, which propelled him even further into superstardom, spawning seven hit singles and this massive headlining arena tour.
Kicking off the evening was rapidly-rising hip hop artist, Tyla Yaweh, who perfectly combines R&B with Hip Hop while holding a rockstar attitude and bringing fans a lively performance. His infectious live energy definitely grasped the sold out crowds attention, not wasting a single inch of the stage as he ran around singing songs like his Wiz Khalifa collaborative effort “High Right Now,” “Novacane,” “I Think I Luv Her,” “Salute” before paying tribute to late rappers, Juice Wrld and XXXTENTACION with cover performances of “Armed & Dangerous” and “Take a Step Back,” respectively. Tyla Yaweh has an amazing stage presence that definitely showcased that his star power will continue to rapidly grow as he conquers the U.S. and Canada with Post Malone on this Runaway Tour. After his set, he even went down into the crowd, hugged fans and took some photos as well.
Next, was Swae Lee, half of the rap-duo Rae Sremmurd, and although the other half of the duo was not present that didn’t stop Swae Lee from bringing a stellar performance to the sold out Philadelphia arena. Opening his set with “Swang,” as he entered the stage dripping in diamonds and gold even his microphone was encrusted with jewels. Then, during Wiz Khalifa’s “Hopeless Romantic,” Swae gave out roses to some lucky fans in the crowd, some of whom happily and tearfully accepted the rose with excitement. The crowd really got hyped when Swae Lee performed the viral Rae Sremmurd hits like “Black Beatles” and “Come Get Her” as well as his performance of “Unforgettable” which made for a massive sing-a-long. He also performed several other Rae Sremmurd songs including “No Type,” “Throw Some Mo” and “Powerglide.” He also threw in some covers of Jhene Aiko, Travis Scott, French Montana and even Post Malone.
At about 9:45pm, Platinum-selling artist Post Malone exploded onto the stage as a silhouette in a cloud of heavy fog that filled the sold out arena as the title track to his latest album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” haunted with its instrumental introduction. He wasted no time to demand the attention of the capacity crowd with his hit single “Better Now,” from his sophomore album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, which conquered radio waves across the country.
It is without a doubt known that Post Malone has become one of the hottest rappers out right now and this show was the perfect showcase of why he is. With a 21-song setlist full of hit songs, most of which became massive radio hits and topped the charts for weeks at a time. Malone also stunned with his stage, a massive catwalk, something of the sort that you would see during New York Fashion Week more so than a concert stage. However, it was very impressive how well Malone worked the stage.
“A big f-cking thank you to each and everyone of you who showed love ever since the beginning. Because without y’alls love and support, I wouldn’t be able to come up and do the shows. I went from sleeping in a closet to being able to tour and come and play and sing these songs for people who want to hear them. And it is the biggest blessing in the f-cking world and I cannot thank you enough. Thank you so much. Shoutout to Allen Iverson,” Malone expressed to the sold out crowd before singing “White Iverson,” while dressed in white pants and a black Sixers, Iverson t-shirt.
We must note that Malone also showed his gratitude for his fans support to him as he gratefully thanked the sold out crowd several times throughout his performance. Showing that their support doesn’t go unnoticed.
There were several notable highlights throughout his set as well including when he performed “Take What You Want,” the track that Malone collaborated on with rock icon Ozzy Osbourne. He made sure to include Osbourne within his set with his face appearing throughout the track. Another would be when he slowed down his energy-filled set with “Stay,” which he performed at the tip of the stage while playing acoustic guitar. Malone brought out Swae Lee for a breath-taking rendition of their collaborative track “Sunflower,” which appeared on the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack. Finally, we thoroughly enjoyed his exceptional “rockstar” performance which included an explosion of pyro and Malone smashing his guitar at the end of the song before breaking into his breakout single “Congratulations.”
We really love how Post Malone displays his songs live with a more rock appeal to them, it is no surprise that Malone is heavily influenced by rock and that is heard within his live show not only within his stage presence but also with a more rock sound to the songs live.
Overall, the Runaway Tour is a spectacular production not to mention every artist on the bill put on an incredibly energy-filled set, each of whom play hit after hit song live. See the remaining list of tour dates below.
Check out our exclusive photo gallery from the show below by @AWendowskiPhoto:
Post Malone’s Remaining ‘Runaway’ Tour Dates
Monday, February 24 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Thursday, February 27 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
Saturday, February 29 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
Sunday, March 1 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Tuesday, March 3 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center
Wednesday, March 4 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Friday, March 6 Memphis, TN FedExForum
Monday, March 9 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Tuesday, March 10 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center*
Thursday, March 12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Saturday, March 14 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, March 15 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Arena*
Tuesday, March 17 Ontario, CA Toyota Arena*
Thursday, March 19 San Francisco , CA Chase Center
Saturday, March 21 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
*Swae Lee not performing