Post Malone pokes fun at his own music on Outside Lands

Post Malone showed up during his headlining gig on the final night of San Francisco’s Outside Lands with a bit of a bang for his buck.

“My name is Austin Richard Post and I’m here to play some music with you and have a blast while we do it,” he said with a laugh to cheers.

Say what he (or you) will about his music, but Post Malone may be the defining pop star of the 2010s: a songwriter who’s melancholic by default, adept at genre crossovers and, depending on your tolerance for musical background extremely vibrated. He pioneered a brand of sad white boy rapper slash pop rock star that broke into Top 40 radio – see The Kid Laroi and Machine Gun Kelly as contemporaries who used the same formula with diminishing returns.

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

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The closing four songs of his set are so ubiquitous that even the most radio-neutral listener would nod in recognition – his first hit “White Iverson”, “Sunflower”, a scene-on-fire of “Rockstar” and filled with fireworks closer “Congratulations.” He has a string of chart-topping singles that any artist would envy. His best songs have titanic pop songwriting; you’ve probably had the drumbeat of “Sunflower” or that “Better Now” hook stuck in your head against your will (this writer certainly has).

But Post, with his face tattoo and drunken ramblings, is much more alive live than any of these songs suggest. His flexibility has at times held him back from achieving a definitive identity, but he is a living person. If he sounds clean and perhaps narcotic on record, he let the cracks and gravel in his voice show during his set. It made even his most terrible songs more compelling. “Eha.” is one of the finest records in his discography, but he delivered a rocking scream that made it feel bigger and more epic than ever. His song with Ozzy Osbourne, “Take What You Want,” felt really intimidating; literally a fire and brimstone tribute to (and with) the Prince of Darkness.

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

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The post was goofy, clumsy and menacing. He balanced the glass of beer on his head, then let out a guttural cry, hunched over and kneeling. He’s a natural showman, albeit one who dropped his beer a few times on stage. It’s also hella fun, introducing the superficial acoustic section of the show – just Postie and his guitar – with a pee disclaimer.

“By the way, if you need to pee, now is the time to do it, because this is the most boring part of the show,” he joked.

But his Outside Lands set was a testament to the fact that Post Malone just seems incredibly grateful to be a musician. When he thanks you after almost a song, you’re too tired to believe him; he also got the crowd cheering for Dennis, his beer-drinking sidekick. He is grateful for everything.

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Adam Pardee/Special to SFGATE

“I want to say the sincerest thank you in the fucking universe,” he said, ending his show. “… I want to express how incredibly grateful I am for how patient everyone has been with me and how supportive everyone has been with me during this long period that we’ve had.”

Post closed his set with “Congratulations” featuring Quavo. Even during this victory lap, he thanked the audience for rocking with him, especially after the pandemic shut down live music. He even dropped a little joke.

“Other than it’s a little fuller, nothing’s changed,” he said. The Post is an endless pot of charm, even as people exited to catch the shuttle home and the last of the fireworks turned into a blur. What a nice way to end Outside Lands.

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Adam Pardee/Special to SFGATE

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Post Malone performs on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Adam Pardee/Special to SFGATE



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