Post Malone brought his “Runaway” tour to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on September 26, 2019. This show is the first of two sold out Saint Paul shows. It says a lot that the show commanded upwards of $150 a ticket, yet sold out fast enough to demand yet another show in this city. Post Malone’s popularity has skyrocketed considerably in the past few years and odds are that if you have a teenager, you know his name. A downside to this show was that the doors opened thirty minutes late. With a sold out show, you can only imagine what problems that can cause. The Xcel did an excellent job corralling the hordes of extremely excited fans in as quickly as possible. However, Post Malone still didn’t go on until 9:45pm, versus the original start time of 9:00pm. Considering the fact that he has a strong fanbase of young people, the first thing I thought of was that this was a Thursday show, also know as a concert on a school night.
At this moment in time, Post Malone is kind of a big deal. He’s one of those guys that falls into that whole “white guy rapper” category and succeeds, while being incredibly loved by mainstream media. I originally heard him for the first time when they played “Congratulations” on the radio about a year or so back. The minute I heard it, I knew I had to add it to my playlist. The next day, I bought the album. The thing I really enjoy about Post Malone is how mellow his music is. I think a lot of people who haven’t heard his music have this idea that he’s going to be all hardcore, but that isn’t the case. I haven’t heard much that sounds like him in the past and that’s really cool. It makes him unique and he’s very much taking that to the bank.
The show was packed with fans dancing nonstop. The energy level was extremely high and everyone there was having a great time. The stage show was pretty simple as far as layouts go – a ramp that he made his own, complete with large screens on either side. The second song began with fireworks (a cool effect I usually don’t see until later in the evening) and laser dawned the stage for the majority of the night. Regardless of the late start, it seems to be a show that a lot of people won’t mind losing sleep over. They’ll get an extra cup of coffee in the morning and reminisce over a fantastic show.