It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for a concert by music’s fastest-rising star than an open-air, rooftop venue beside New York’s East River, with the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges illuminated behind the stage and stunning panoramic views of the harbor and the city everywhere else. It’s mid-June, school is about to let out and the summer vibes can be felt everywhere — particularly in a place as loaded with teens and pre-teens as a Billie Eilish concert.
But instead of balmy breezes and sparkling sunlight, this particular Tuesday was one of the dreariest days in the soggiest Spring in memory, and the weather, as we emerged onto the Pier 17 rooftop venue, was downright gloomy: Dark, clammy, cloudy and threatening to rain at any second.
In short, an absolutely perfect setting for the unsettling pop music of America’s spooky sweetheart. [Jem Aswad for Variety]
Billie Eilish, who doesn't want to be "the face of pop," is currently supporting her massively successful and hugely acclaimed debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? on a tour with Denzel Curry, whose album TA13OO she appeared on before blowing up. The tour just landed in NYC for two big sold-out shows: the Rooftop at Pier 17 on Tuesday (6/18) and the iconic Radio City Music Hall last night (6/19). That's an excerpt of Variety's review of the Pier 17 show above, and we have pictures of the Radio City show in the gallery above.
As you might expect, the crowd at the Radio City show was singing along nonstop, and you could hardly hear Billie's stage banter over all the screaming. Billie gave the energy right back, jumping around on stage -- which was lit by mirrors and an LED wall -- all night. She even climbed one of Radio City's balconies at one point.
Denzel, who recently released the new album ZUU, sounded great too, but unfortunately we weren't able to get photos of him. You can see some videos of both him and Billie, though, below.
photos by Ryan Muir