Post Malone played his first of 2 North Texas shows on Friday night

North Texas’ Post Malone made a triumphant return to his hometown on Friday night in the first of two D/FW stops — Wednesday he’ll play at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Hailed as a local hero and a national treasure, Post has proven himself putting on an energetic and heartfelt show for his town.

The American Airlines Center, which looked more like AT&T Stadium if it was hosting an “emo night,” was filled with tons of fans dressed in Cowboys gear and sporting fake face tattoos, many with the Posty’s signature “Always” and “Tired” in a big script before their eyes. While waiting for the start of the show, the crowd even surged on the wave in a real ball game.

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Roddy Ricch was the perfect opener on Friday.

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Opener Roddy Ricch was the first to get fans on their feet, filling the stadium with his viral TikTok tracks ‘High Fashion’ and ‘The Boxx’. Successful enough to sustain his own tour, Ricch did an impressive job energizing the crowd during his 40-minute act.

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Roddy Ricch could have played his own arena set.

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Appearing onstage in a cloud of smoke, Malone paid tribute to his hometown by rocking a jersey for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, shouting his excitement for the team right after his intro: “Dallas, Texas! How about those fucking Cowboys! »

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Post Malone is first and foremost a Cowboys fan.

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It should be noted that the F-bomb is a prime decoration in Posty’s vocabulary; he was heavily sprinkled in each of his brief monologues throughout the night.

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Post Malone’s set had old hits and new bops.

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The set design was bare – a three-pronged trident shape with multiple platform points for the pop rapper to park and interact with his fans in the pit. Supported by pyro, lasers and fireworks, Malone impressively dominated the stage solo, but managed to keep the interest and energy high. He did have an onstage accompaniment, however: a hand sticking out from under the platform after virtually every song offering a solo cup, presumably filled with Post’s signature drink, a Bud Light. He stayed well hydrated all night.

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Post Malone may be sober now, but he still had to have Bud Light on stage.

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Malone’s Twelve Carat Tour supports his latest project, the album Twelve karat toothache. While the setlist included some of his best upbeat pop hits and ballads – “I Like You”, “Candy Paint” and “Sunflower” – it also contained many songs from Twelve karat toothachelargely melancholic, dark and painfully honest.

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Posty circled on Friday.

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“I had been really going through it for a while and had some things to say,” Post told the new release crowd. “Thank you so much for listening to me. I fucking love you.

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Post Malone “damn loves” Dallas.

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Despite the heaviness, Malone managed to light up the evening, for the most part. His moves were wild and clumsy, straight out of Napoleon Dynamite — a harsh juxtaposition to the tortured crooning of breakup songs and self-loathing lyrics, and perhaps an encouraging signal to his fans that he’s no longer deep on slip-ups like he was when he wrote the album. ‘album.

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And the crowd loves him back.

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Post was careful to express his audience’s love and adoration and concern for their mental health, a topic that became a tangible part of the evening. “If you ever feel that one of your friends is going through something, never hesitate to talk to them. Give them a big hug,” he urged. There were hugs all around.

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Post Malone told the crowd to check out their homies.

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Highlights of the night included a mid-show acoustic stretch that featured Post’s signature vibrato, a true ‘Rockstar’ guitar smash moment, and an electric ending with a trio of huge hits, ‘One Right Now’, ‘ Congratulations” and “White Iverson.

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Post Malone was a real rockstar at the American Airlines Center.

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Posty captivated the crowd with his authenticity, sometimes twirling awkwardly and falling to his knees at others, overwhelmed with emotion. What was most evident throughout the night, however, was his gratitude for his city and the fans who helped him achieve rock star status.

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Post Malone dabbed on Friday.

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Post Malone was a gem on his Twelve Carat Tour.

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