Billie Eilish Is Back with Spectacular Show

by Christopher Ehlers

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday February 23, 2022

Billie Eilish at Boston's TD Garden, February 20, 2022
Billie Eilish at Boston's TD Garden, February 20, 2022  (Source:Brian Babineau)

Two years after scrapping her sprawling world tour as a result of the pandemic, Billie Eilish is finally back on the road with "Happier Than Ever, The World Tour," which she will take to 14 countries, performing 71 shows over seven months. And as one might expect from a concert by one of the biggest stars on the planet, the show is an awe-inspiring showcase that highlights all the reasons why she's one of the most enigmatic singer-songwriters of our time.

It's remarkable to think about the level of fame and success that Eilish has achieved in a relatively short amount of time, from releasing the stunning "Ocean Eyes" on SoundCloud at the age of 13 to winning Grammy Awards for Album, Record, and Song of the year at 18; by 19, she'd win her second consecutive Record of the Year Grammy for "Everything I Wanted." Now, at 20, not only is she touring the world with one of the most satisfying live concerts I've seen in years, but she's up for seven more Grammys and an Academy Award this spring. Not bad for someone who can't even legally order a drink.

Eilish's success is even more astounding when you consider the kind of music she makes: weird, experimental electro-pop infused with genre-bending production and unique vocal stylings that, on some songs, rarely rise above a whisper. While her Grammy-winning album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" occasionally felt like the work of a precocious teenager, her latest album, "Happier Than Ever" (which could win Eilish her second consecutive Album of the Year Grammy this spring), is a mature and brilliantly constructed album that you can't help but be awed by.

Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish  (Source: Brian Babineau)

Giant arena tours can be tricky things for artists whose music does not lend itself to dozens of backup dancers and a handful of costume changes, and I've seen performers more seasoned than Eilish get totally swallowed up by cavernous and characterless performance venues. But one of the remarkable feats of this particular tour is that Eilish manages to make moments of stark intimacy feel larger than life while also making a 20,000-seat arena feel like a living room.

And most of that is due to Eilish herself, with her easy (and frequent) banter, addressing the audience far more than most pop stars do during a concert, with her effortless charm and megawatt personality. But some of it is also the ingenious lighting, sound, and stage design, which are among the most state-of-the-art that I've ever seen.

Whether in the concert's most intimate moments, like "Halley's Comet," "Your Power," and "When the Party's Over," or in the moments that make your chest thump and your ears ring, like "Oxytocin" and the second half of "Happier Than Ever," Eilish exudes an effervescent and intoxicating intensity that you can't help but be bowled over by. It doesn't hurt matters, either, that she seems genuinely humbled by her success and deeply grateful to her fans.

This rave review, mind you, comes from someone who never imagined that he'd be a Billie Eilish fan, and that speaks to just how impactful she is in live performance. Eilish is the real deal, and part of the reason that "Happier Than Ever, The World Tour" is such a thrill is that we are afforded the opportunity to witness this lightning-in-a-bottle talent in the early years of her meteoric rise. And boy does this star burn bright.

For upcoming dates on her tour, follow this link.