While Madison Beer‘s coronation in front of fans will have to wait a little longer as in-person concerts crawl back to a semblance of normalcy, the budding pop superstar provided thousands of them with a glimpse of the possibilities in a virtual performance celebrating the release of her full-length debut album, Life Support. Rather than the buzzing of a crowd, the excitement in the moments leading up to the show was confined to the comments section of the livestream, but the enthusiasm was still present.
Madison Beer opened with the high drama of “The Beginning.” She appeared as a shadowy silhouette in front of a muted orange spotlight. The performance floor soon lit up as well. The live band instrumentation soon took over and because of how well the entire show was put together, this was a rare circumstance where a livestream makes possible to forget we’re not living in normal times. Livestream concerts often present challenges in recreating the energy of a real show, but Beer effectively delivered a compelling performance. Rather than performing to a crowd, Beer gave the occasional searing glance through the camera lens.
Following the live debuts of “Good in Goodbye” and “Stay Numb And Carry On,” Beer nimbly jumped from track to track. On “Blue” she highlighted her sneaky good vocal chops. She said few words between tracks, though banter isn’t really needed in a medium that leans on production and presentation. The shadowy green hues during “Follow the White Rabbit,” one of her best songs, cranked the tension even higher.
Beer’s all-female backing band provided a solid rhythmic backbone for the performance, fusing an alt-rock energy with pop and classical stylings. The band helped make show feel more immediate, as opposed to a canned or over-produced performance. Beer’s fans clearly appreciated the singer’s performance, with a ticker of tweets and comments from excited viewers scrolled throughout the performance.
An outfit change and the addition of a string section marked the halfway point of the show for ballad “Homesick.” It’s not hard to envision that Beer’s livestream production could be adapted to touring, providing a glimpse of what a Madison Beer concert might look like in 2021 or ’22. Beer lied down and draped off the side of the stage during “Effortlessly.”
The show’s final act kicked off with the boisterous “BOYSHIT” along with a series of strobe flashes and laser lights. The anthemic finale continued with the bouncy “Baby.” The bright smokey haze defined the bluesy swagger of “Emotional Bruises.” The show closed out with a piano-laden “Everything Happens For a Reason.”
If Madison Beer’s livestream show is any indication, fans will be lining up for tickets to see the real thing when the time comes.
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