On March 11th, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mac Miller[/lastfm] released a mix tape called Best Day Ever, proclaiming that he had been having the time of his life since his music took off. Well, as he said at his show last night on November 8th, “I lied. Today is the best day ever.” That fateful Tuesday marked the beginning of Mac Miller’s foray into commercial music. His first album, Blue Slide Park, was officially released.
At the House of Blues in West Hollywood, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pac Div[/lastfm] opened the show with incredible energy. The opening act of Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park Tour got the crowd at just the right energy level to erupt when Mac began singing the chorus to his song “Best Day Ever” in the dark, curtains still closed. And that’s how the whole night went. Electric!
When the lights came up, he put on an excellent show, performing some of his most popular songs from his previously released mix tape. He also showcased a few songs from his brand new album, out now, Blue Slide Park, including the lead single, “Frick Park Market.”
Show Open: “Best Day Ever” & “Get Up” Live @ House of Blues”
Every aspect of the show was entrancing, from the set pieces to the rapport Miller had with his crew, especially long time collaborator and DJ, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]DJ Clockwork[/lastfm]. The night was accented by the fact that his new album debuted at No.1.
Mac had his Most Dope crew represent Pittsburgh in full force with a painting of the blue slide projected behind him and real park bench in the middle of the stage. Mac took a moment to comment on how much his show’s have evolved, ” I wanted to step the shows up to another level,” he told the crowd before he had his hype man bring him his “secret weapon.” The secret turned out to be that Mac Miller can wail on the guitar a little bit!
Starting with the classic intro riff to “Sweet Home Alabama,” Mac also strummed to “Thugz Mansion” by the late [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tupac Shakur[/lastfm], and closed with a sing along to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Weezer[/lastfm]’s “Say It Ain’t So.” Miller showed off is musical prowess and eclectic ability to sing, play instruments, and play the guitar behind his head.
“Mac Miller Playing Guitar on His Head”
Throughout the show, the Most Dope General, kept the crowd involved by asking them to sing along and reminding them that the day was very special for him because his album was out and his parents were in the audience to share in his celebration.
The entire show was filmed live and broadcast on Ustream. You can still check out the entire show there! Mac Miller’s many nuances, including his exhilarating stage presence created energy among the crowd that I’ve only ever seen with veteran performers.
My best suggestion, if you have time to kill, check out the UStream, spend an hour and half with Mac Miller.
His energy is crazy and he makes you want to have a good time. The ebb and flow of the show had the crowd bouncing to music about “weed, alcohol, and girls,” as some of Mac’s biggest critics like to insist are his only topics, but he also had the crowd swaying to more personal songs about his family, like “Poppy” and his dreams, like “Kool-aid And Frozen Pizza”. Still, the party persisted and the audience never lost their flair.
Well done, Mac. More to come we hope!
“Donald Trump” LIVE by Mac Miller
Watch “Frick Park Market” by Mac Miller here.
And go grab that album!