Technical Difficulties and Venue Changes Lead to Less-than-Ideal Concert Experience


Courtesy of AP Images

Phoebe Bridgers on the red carpet at the Grammys

Grace McGinness, Sports Editor

Phoebe Bridgers’ “The Reunion Tour,” promoting the singer-songwriter’s second complete album, “Punisher,” had its first show Friday at the sold out Chesterfield Amphitheater in Chesterfield, Missouri.  

The tour, which was originally supposed to take place at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri, moved when Bridgers relocated all tour dates to outdoor locations. According to Bridgers’ social media, all dates were moved outside for the safety of attendees.  

All guests at this particular show were required to show a vaccine card and ID to enter. 

The Chesterfield Amphitheater seats 4,000 on its lawn according to its website, a number of guests it seems the venue has never actually seen.  A sold out show culminates in impossible-to-find parking and even harder-to-find seats on the minimal lawn space available.   

Even though I got to the venue an hour before the opening act, performed by R&B artist Bartees Strange, it was a seemingly impossible task to find any open space.  I ended up sitting as far away from the stage as possible with a mostly obstructed view.  

After Strange performed a mix of five songs from his newest album “Live Forever,” there was an hour-long break before Bridgers even stepped onto the stage.  This was later clarified to have happened because of technical issues with the speakers.  

Once the show started, Bridgers’ set consisted of all 11 songs from Punisher starting with the instrumental “DVD Menu” and transitioning directly into “Garden Song. As well as four songs from her first full-length album Stranger in the Alps including “Funeral,” “Smoke Signals” and “Scott Street.” 

Though live music is generally more flawed than the recorded versions of songs, Bridgers successfully hid those flaws with beautiful musical accompaniment by her band.  

Haunting violin solos in almost every song and a variety of new instruments being played every other song created an entirely new and different experience from listening to her recorded album, especially since the selection of songs from Stranger in the Alps came out almost four years ago on Sept. 22, 2017.

More up-to-date political lyric changes also created a newer listening experience for listeners.  

The concert ended with Bridgers’ cover of That Funny Feeling from Bo Burnham’s newest special, “Inside,” which came out on Netflix May 30 of this year.  

All in all, after technical difficulties were resolved, the first concert of 27 in what is only Bridgers’ second tour went as well as somebody could hope, with myself and everyone else leaving with a satisfying live viewing of what can only be referred to as Bridgers’ greatest hits.