Tyler, The Creator Causes an “EARFQUAKE” at SLU

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Tyler, The Creator Causes an “EARFQUAKE” at SLU

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On Friday, Oct. 4, Tyler, The Creator brought energy, electricity and excitement to St. Louis for his concert, here at the Chaifetz Arena.

 Opening for him that night was the rapper GoldLink and the indie rock band Blood Orange. Goldlink was the more popular of the two, causing a mosh circle to form in the crowd as he played his hit song “Crew.” Blood Orange slowed it down by playing some of their more chill music such as “Dark & Handsome.”

As the lights went down, Tyler came on stage wearing a cobalt blue suit with a bleach blonde bowl-cut wig, and the crowd screamed with euphoria. 

Standing completely still, with only a spotlight shining behind him, Tyler started the night out with his song “IGOR’S THEME.” This song is off the “IGOR” album that analyzes his encounters with love. His performance to this song, along with the others, was a beautiful representation of his past experiences. Throughout the night, Tyler, The Creator’s passionate persona animated the entire crowd. 

In this new era for Tyler, The Creator, he took it to a new, creative level with his concept of IGOR and the persona of this “character.” In the past few years, Tyler has become more adventurous and willing to open himself up, which has allowed him to step into this role and share his experiences.  

In between songs, Tyler used his naturally comical personality to connect with those in the audience. He would observe the whole arena and jokingly call out certain fans for not looking like they were having fun. At one point, he even mentioned SLU by asking if anybody went to this school. His overall on-stage performance felt very inclusive and personal. 

For one of his songs, Tyler started by slowly playing the piano in a mellow manner. As he started progressing the speed, fans began to pick up on what song was coming next. 

“For real, for real, for real this time.” The crowd started to chant the well-known song “EARFQUAKE” by Tyler, The Creator. The collective voices and dancing made the experience of this song specifically magical. Throughout most of this performance, Tyler allowed the crowd to sing passionately while he danced.

In addition to playing music off of his new album “IGOR,” Tyler created feelings of nostalgia by performing some of his older songs such as “IFHY” and “911 / Mr. Lonely.” He even recognized and noted that the audience seemed to really like the older music. 

As the concert neared its inevitable end, Tyler interacted with the crowd a bit more, said his goodbyes and sang his song “See You Again” off of the “Flower Boy” album. 

The crowd got really hyped up for this song, trying to hold on to some of the last moments of the concert. 

“20/20, 20/20 vision.” Everybody in the arena screamed the lyrics at the top of their lungs.

Tyler concluded this incredible night with his song “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” He stood on a platform and sung out to fans with amazing background visuals. Emotions ran high, and it was like the audience and Tyler existed all in one mindset. 

 

Setlist:

  1. IGOR’S THEME
  2. I THINK
  3. A BOY IS A GUN
  4. NEW MAGIC WAND
  5. PUPPET
  6. EARFQUAKE
  7. 911 / Mr. Lonely
  8. IFHY
  9. GONE GONE GONE
  10. OKRA
  11. Tamale
  12. Yonkers
  13. She 
  14. Who Dat Boy
  15. Boredom
  16. RUNNING OUT OF TIME
  17. WHAT’S GOOD
  18. See You Again
  19. ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?