Written by Stephanie Siau from Hazze Media | Photos by Alden Bonecutter (@aldenbonecutter) | April 14, 2022
The three-time Grammy winner took the stage on her first night in Denver Monday night, beaming with joy and gratitude. With a sold out tour, the day started with fans lined up as early as 10am, and continued throughout the day. From fans ranging from 8 years old to late adulthood, everyone had one thing in common: to see the Disney star take the stage.
Olivia’s opening song “brutal” teased the eager crowd. For a minute straight, her fiver person band took a start-and-stop approach getting screaming fans excited for the 19 year old super star to perform. Her punk-rock songs quickly turned into ballads and softer melodies, creating a more intimate connection between her and her fans.
Singing “All I Want” from High School Musical: The Musical for the second time on tour, fans drew up their flashlights and continued to belt every single word with her. With tears streaming down a few fans' faces, you could tell this song meant the world to many. Rodrigo then debuted another cover “Seether” by Veruca Salt, a more upbeat rock vibe in thanks to her mother. Finally, she ended the night with “deja vu”, with butterfly confetti falling from the sky.
Throughout the night, Rodrigo continued to express her thankfulness for everyone for attending, and asked how the crowd was doing. Her gratitude and humility was unmatched, even taking the time to thank opener Gracie Abrams for being on tour with her. Unfortunately, in the beginning of “Traitor” a fan in the middle of GA had to seek medical attention. Rodrigo immediately stopped playing the piano and called the staff for help. Staff and surrounding fans quickly fled to her safety and the show presumed.
Stage presence wise, Rodrigo moved across the stage gracefully, showing off her musical talents from playing the piano and guitar, to belting the higher notes. She seemed a bit winded after continuously running around the stage and jumping up and down, but she did not care. You can tell she had a blast and was exactly where she was meant to be. It seemed like there was nothing the Grammy winner could not do.
For her first tour ever, Olivia Rodrigo definitely set the bar high. From mixing her love of pop and rock in her music to being quick to attend to her fans' needs, Rodrigo was a joy to watch and a girl with talent far beyond her years.
If you were lucky enough to snag a coveted ticket to one of her sold out tour dates, get ready to scream, cry, laugh and everything in between.