Likewise, Billie Eilish’s concert in Frankfurt

Here she is. Popping out of the underground, Billie Eilish catapulted herself onto the Frankfurt Festhalle stage. Cracked “Hello, it’s me” exclamation mark. The rest screams. Mostly young and female audiences greet the goddess of the tribe With this piercing, high-pitched tone that has been the soundtrack of ecstasy since the Beatles at the latest.

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The evening starts with “Bury a Friend”, one of her first hits, and Billie Eilish gives another exclamation point. She jumps and jumps and pogos with herself, and sometimes she seems to take dance lessons from fans of Rage Against the Machine or Body Count. But that might upset some of the audience.

“No matter where you are or who I am. We are all the same here “

The concert at the sold-out Festhalle at the Frankfurt Trade Fair is the first of Billie Eilish’s three appearances in Germany. And the Californian is not the goddess of any generation. Because although most viewers still have to finish school, this age group is not alone. Moms and dads, and even adults without accompanying children, dance, sing and jump with enthusiasm. “No matter where you are or who I am. We’re all the same here, ”says Billie Eilish at one point.

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Of course, not everyone is the same here. Such sentences are part of a popular concert speech. Like the constantly repeated “I love you” that the 20-year-old calls out to her viewers. The answer of the notorious lover is always the same monotonous, it’s just that piercing scream at an unimaginable height of thousands of throats.

The fascinating thing about this evening is how many fantastic songs Billie Eilish, and especially her brother Finneas O’Connell, wrote over the course of several years. We remember that their breakthrough song “Ocean Eyes” is only six years old. Since then, the EP “Don’t smile at me” has been released and two albums, most recently “Happier than Ever” last year. Many songs of the evening come from this album: “I Didn’t Change My Number”, “Billie Bossa Nova”, to which he dances freely and freely, “Oxytocin” and “Not my Responsibility”. He also sings older songs such as “My Strange Addiction”, “You Should See Me in a Crown” and “Bellyache”. They could almost be called classics, but doesn’t that sound strange to such a young artist?

When every song becomes an event

Billie Eilish, back to intriguing, has no bugs or fillers tonight. Each song becomes an event. And that’s at the age of 20! One can already speak of a completed work, at least one that is filled with the evening. So it’s no surprise that Billie Eilish will be the youngest headliner in Glastonbury history this week.

Recently, at an acoustic concert in Bonn, she proved that Billie Eilish does not have to hide behind her brother Finneas’ synthesizers and electric guitar and Andrew Marshall’s drums (an American does not need more than these two on stage). In Frankfurt, he sings and also plays two acoustic songs, including “Your Power”. In doing so, Billie Eilish is actually forgetting the two lines of text, but what’s the point of having an audience choir that sings each line by heart?

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Billie does her job – after the last song

Meanwhile, Billie Eilish is swimming through the festival hall on the lifting platform so that the first and second tiers can say “Hello” as well. But for the rest of the approximately 100-minute evening, the Oscar-winning singer of Bond played on an absolutely sparsely furnished stage (very rarely Billie Eilish is surrounded by laser rays or surrounded by light columns) that is only filled with it. presence and a runway that leads to an audience. There, loyal fans, warmed by the already opening act of Jessie Reyes, were sweating in the incredible heat. “Overheating” to paraphrase Billie Eilish.

And the singer herself also has to fight between them in her thick batik sweater and despite the short pants. With his newly presented song “TV”, which he also presents acoustically, he comes with oh and noisy. She is exhausted by the heat in the hallway. She keeps tugging on the sweater, but doesn’t allow herself any more freedom than rolling up her sleeves. In the second half of the evening, although the water bottle becomes a faithful companion.

The evening ends with their super hit “Bad Guy”, with “Happier than Ever” and “Goodbye”. On an ordinary concert folklore – the band leaves, the “encore” calls, the band comes back, the band leaves again, the “encore” calls again, the band returns … – it leaves without it. It does its job, after the last song it’s all over. Lots of fans behind, you can see “Happy Than Ever”. Whether it’s because of the music and physical presence of Billie’s idol, or rather because of the many cell phone videos and countless insta story materials, it’s fair to guess. Either way, the evening can be summed up in the words of a 13-year-old representative of the target group: “It was worth every penny!” Is right.

Billie Eilish will play on Tuesday in Cologne and on June 30 in Berlin. Both concerts are already sold out.

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