Review: Olivia Rodrigo Finds Her Teenage Dream at ‘Sour’ Tour Opener

Olivia Rodrigo has had two Quantity One singles, a three-times platinum debut album and, as of Sunday, three shiny new Grammy Awards. Now, on a cold Tuesday in Portland, she has launched her first-ever tour. It’s the kind of artist ceremony of passage that will be a large deal if Rodrigo hadn’t simply skilled one million different even greater — and rarer — profession milestones in her 12 months of dominating the music world. Nonetheless, the Bitter Tour hits simply as candy.

Kicking off in Portland’s Theater of the Clouds (a elaborate identify for the theater configuration inside the bigger Moda Middle), a number of thousand followers (largely ladies, largely below the age of 21 — like Miss Rodrigo herself), have been dressed to impress for the large evening. Following opener Gracie Abrams’ set, a scrumptious playlist of unhappy rocker lady karaoke classics pumped via the venue: Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps,” Michelle Department’s “In all places,” Fiona Apple’s “Legal,” to call a number of. The track chosen to sign Rodrigo and her band’s imminent arrival on stage? It was One Course’s “Olivia,” in fact, which performed 3 times in a row both due to some backstage delays, or Rodrigo being a much bigger Directioner than we realized.

Because the purple curtain opened up, it revealed a set that paid tribute to the singer’s Bitter Promenade live performance movie: Glittery streamers, bleachers, and a pop star within the Gwen Stefani particular of plaid pants and a mesh crop prime. Rodrigo kicked off the evening with “Brutal,” and followers within the pit rushed in direction of the stage as she yelled, “The place’s my fucking teenage dream?”

Rodrigo’s all-girl band are a quintet of powerhouse gamers who helped ramp up each single track, injecting even the extra mid-tempo album cuts with a little bit of that “Brutal” and “Good 4 U” grunge-punk rush. “Jealousy, Jealousy” benefitted essentially the most from the headbanger remix (which was teased within the latest Disney+ movie, Driving Dwelling 2 U).

In a real energy transfer, the 19-year-old selected to not save her Grammy-winning, prime of the charts-debuting breakout hit “Drivers License” for the finale, opting as a substitute to belt the sing-along primed monitor early within the set. After shortly squealing, “Holy shit! Oh my God!” whereas en path to the piano, overwhelmed on the very existence of her first actual tour, Rodrigo dove into the facility ballad that made her a family identify. It served as a very good break for her, too: she actually didn’t have to do a lot of the singing because the viewers had that half dealt with for her. 

For an album largely stuffed with ballads, Rodrigo discovered a very good stability of holding the vitality excessive all through the set. She folded in a pair covers: first got here Avril Lavigne’s “Difficult” and later, the extra stunning “Seether” by Veruca Salt. She thanked her mother for introducing her to that band. 

Midway via, Rodrigo took a while on her personal, settling on the entrance of the stage with simply her acoustic guitar. Following “Hope Ur OK,” she paid tribute to a pair of songs she wrote in her bed room earlier than her life exploded. “Sufficient for You” and the Taylor Swift-interpolating “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again” have been mashed up seamlessly for a really transferring medley.

When the band returned, the enormous disco ball that had been hanging above them shone brightly for a rowdy rendition of “Happier.” Rodrigo did a quick-change earlier than the second half of the present, returning in a shiny, child blue mini-dress and fight boots. The sequence of “Favourite Crime” into “Traitor” confirmed off her vocals earlier than she closed out the set with “Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U.”  As she wrapped up her remaining track (and second Quantity One single), she stated goodbye and skipped off the stage. The gang lingered a bit longer than they wanted to, as if she miraculously had extra songs within the financial institution than the 11 originals she had simply performed (they usually had lengthy memorized). Even when all the things labored backwards for this teen dream, her future is something however brutal.

Bitter Tour Set Checklist:

“Jealousy, Jealousy”
“Drivers License”
“Difficult” (Avril Lavigne cowl)
“Hope Ur OK”
“Sufficient for You” / “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again” (Medley)
“Seether” (Veruca Salt cowl)
“Favourite Crime”
“Deja Vu”
“Good 4 U”

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