Return of the Mack: Macklemore sells out Terminal 5 for an explosive, upbeat and personal show promoting “Gemini”

Friday November 10th, Macklemore played a sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York City. The venue was so crowded that even the upper levels of the venue were three to four rows deep. Terminal 5 was overflowed with fans of all ages, from 5-year-olds to grandmothers. It was nice to see such a diverse crowd, considering that it was a rap concert.

Macklemore’s new record, Gemini, dropped September 22nd. Produced independently, Gemini is Macklemore’s first solo studio album since The Language Is My World (2005). Previously Macklemore worked with Ryan Lewis, but the duo recently split in June. Compared to past records, both solo and in collaboration with Lewis, Gemini is more stripped back and focuses on more personal themes. While still fun and exciting with songs like “Willy Wonka” and “Corner Store” the album features songs that are more intimate. Songs like “Glorious” and “Excavate” for example present clear messages of hope and salvation, while also voicing personal feeling. “My greatest achievement isn’t the dollars / My greatest achievement isn’t the followers / My greatest achievement isn’t the accolades / My greatest achievement is my daughter” (Excavate).

Although touring to promote the new album, Macklemore played songs from previous albums including personal favorites “Otherside” and Same Love. He also had several musicians like Donna Missal and Eric Nally, who are featured on the record, perform alongside him. Some key moments from the concert include the multiple instances crowd surfing, and costume changes for songs like “Willy Wonka,” where Macklemore switched into a purple jacket and orange top hat. Macklemore was also engaging and spoke out to the crowd several times throughout the show. In the beginning he mentioned how a lot of family and friends were at the show.

As an introduction to song “Marmalade” he said, “Earlier back stage my daughter made me make a promise. She said, ‘Dad, before you go on you need to promise me that you will play my favorite song.’” As an introduction to song “Same Love,” Macklemore made a compelling speech. “No matter your race, gender, sexual orientation, or documentation you are welcome to my shows forever and always. No amount of fear or hatred that is put out in the world can overpower love.”

Macklemore made it a point to thanks the fans, along with his band and the tour team. “[With Gemini] we decided to make art for the sake of art with no help from a big record company […] and with your guys’ help it hit number one on the hip-hop charts.” The night ended with hit “Glorious,” with a remark from Macklemore who said, “My grandma would cuss me out if I didn’t play her favorite song.” It was a fun night filled with a lot of dancing, singing, and good vibes. Macklemore continues to tour the U.S until late December. Check out more regarding tour dates etc. here.

Set List
Ain’t Gonna Die (w/Eric Nally)
Firebreather
Marmalade
Thrift Shop
White Walls
Same Love
Willy Wonka
Corner Store (w/Travis Thompson)
Otherside
Intentions
Over It (w/Donna Missal)
Dance Off
Can’t Hold Us
Excavate
Good Old Days
Downtown (w/Eric Nally)
Glorious

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Return of the Mack: Macklemore sells out Terminal 5 for an explosive, upbeat and personal show promoting “Gemini”

Friday November 10th, Macklemore played a sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York City. The venue was so crowded that even the upper levels of the venue were three to four rows deep. Terminal 5 was overflowed with fans of all ages, from 5-year-olds to grandmothers. It was nice to see such a diverse crowd, considering that it was a rap concert.

Macklemore’s new record, Gemini, dropped September 22nd. Produced independently, Gemini is Macklemore’s first solo studio album since The Language Is My World (2005). Previously Macklemore worked with Ryan Lewis, but the duo recently split in June. Compared to past records, both solo and in collaboration with Lewis, Gemini is more stripped back and focuses on more personal themes. While still fun and exciting with songs like “Willy Wonka” and “Corner Store” the album features songs that are more intimate. Songs like “Glorious” and “Excavate” for example present clear messages of hope and salvation, while also voicing personal feeling. “My greatest achievement isn’t the dollars / My greatest achievement isn’t the followers / My greatest achievement isn’t the accolades / My greatest achievement is my daughter” (Excavate).

Although touring to promote the new album, Macklemore played songs from previous albums including personal favorites “Otherside” and Same Love. He also had several musicians like Donna Missal and Eric Nally, who are featured on the record, perform alongside him. Some key moments from the concert include the multiple instances crowd surfing, and costume changes for songs like “Willy Wonka,” where Macklemore switched into a purple jacket and orange top hat. Macklemore was also engaging and spoke out to the crowd several times throughout the show. In the beginning he mentioned how a lot of family and friends were at the show.

As an introduction to song “Marmalade” he said, “Earlier back stage my daughter made me make a promise. She said, ‘Dad, before you go on you need to promise me that you will play my favorite song.’” As an introduction to song “Same Love,” Macklemore made a compelling speech. “No matter your race, gender, sexual orientation, or documentation you are welcome to my shows forever and always. No amount of fear or hatred that is put out in the world can overpower love.”

Macklemore made it a point to thanks the fans, along with his band and the tour team. “[With Gemini] we decided to make art for the sake of art with no help from a big record company […] and with your guys’ help it hit number one on the hip-hop charts.” The night ended with hit “Glorious,” with a remark from Macklemore who said, “My grandma would cuss me out if I didn’t play her favorite song.” It was a fun night filled with a lot of dancing, singing, and good vibes. Macklemore continues to tour the U.S until late December. Check out more regarding tour dates etc. here.

Set List
Ain’t Gonna Die (w/Eric Nally)
Firebreather
Marmalade
Thrift Shop
White Walls
Same Love
Willy Wonka
Corner Store (w/Travis Thompson)
Otherside
Intentions
Over It (w/Donna Missal)
Dance Off
Can’t Hold Us
Excavate
Good Old Days
Downtown (w/Eric Nally)
Glorious

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