For a set so steeped in the concept of escapism, it oddly and unintentionally suited a moment in which 100,000 fans were seeking just that by attending the first major festival to return since the start of the pandemic — and as the COVID-19 Delta variant is on the rise. While Tyler never made any remarks on the return of live music as night one headliner Miley Cyrus did, to do so would have also pulled attendees out of the scene he aimed to set.Here are the five best parts of Tyler, The Creator’s Lolla headlining gig.The TheatricsFrom the moment Tyler came on stage to the final second of his set, he acted as if every spare moment was part of a music video, moving intentionally with each step and smile. In fact, under his bellhop outfit was the very same look he wore in the “Lumberjack” visual — from the nail polish color to the leopard print shirt to the powder blue furry hat (under which he later revealed his slightly longer bleached blonde hair). Over an hour later, not much past his scheduled 10 p.m. end time, though he was no longer wearing his bellhop suit, the rapper snapped right back into character, loading up the luggage cart and slowly pushing it off stage… Only to then turn around as the camera zoomed in on his face, filled with a longing expression, before flashing a dazzling smile and exiting for good.His Use of PropsToward the beginning of his set, Tyler grabbed a Louis bag from the cart and brought it into the onstage boat with him for a quick ride. As the prop made jerky movements, as if floating over an uncertain sea, he performed the first five tracks off his latest Billboard 200 No. 1 album, Call Me If You Get Lost. And though Tyler ditched the bellhop costume quickly, he was soon replaced by the anonymous character of a fisherman in a bright yellow raincoat who was responsible for holding up a backdrop as Tyler set sail — and, of course, mock-mopping up the water on the dock once Tyler returned to land.He didn’t stay on the ground for long, though. Moments later, Tyler was high in the clouds — he quite literally was lifted above the stage in a particularly fluffy-looking prop — to perform the swanky and affectionate “Sweet.” He mostly performed songs in segments, grouping tracks together by album starting with his latest, then into 2017’s Flower Boy, followed by his 2011 debut album, Goblin, then into a trio of tracks off 2013’s Wolf and finally, into Igor before delivering the latter half “Sweet,” “I Thought You Wanted To Dance,” to bring the show full-circle.The Igor CameoNot only did Tyler perform the first few tracks off Igor, but he did so as Igor himself. Tyler momentarily disappeared as the stage lights dimmed, leaving the crowd to question where he might emerge from next — but no one thought to question who he would emerge as. Dressed in a lemon-lime green suit and donning Igor’s signature platinum blonde cut, Tyler managed to crank the energy up a notch — the festival grounds did in fact quake during “Earfquake” — as he went into rage mode for “New Magic Wand.”His Self-ConfidenceWhile Tyler didn’t directly mention the pandemic, he did recall the top of 2020 as a time when he felt “super proud of myself for where I’ve got in the past 10 years. It was interesting for me to see how I got there, so I wrote a song about it.” He then went into “Massa,” on which he sings about leaving L.A. for the first time, being a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon, and how even as his tastes started changing, “first impression is everything, ain’t wanna let me go.” But as Tyler proved throughout his set, he’s on his own journey whether you’re coming along or not.His Commitment Tyler has so clearly proved his commitment to characters and entertainment over the years — evidenced during his headlining set by subtly returning to his role as bellhop for his grand exit, creating a narrative arch. But what he also proved was his commitment to himself. After swapping out his Igor apparel for a pair of shorts and plain tee, Tyler told the crowd “I’ve been doing this since 2011. N—-s told me for real, ‘You’re s—’s too weird, you’re gonna last six months.’ Now I’m headlining motherf—–g Lollapalooza.” “And I’m petty — that s— pushed me,” he continued as fireworks for Marshmello’s headlining set on the opposite end of the park lit up the sky. “It took 10 years, but if any of y’all got s— you’re working on, it might work in five days, 10 years, 20, but keep that s— running, please. I mean that.”
Lauren Patten Thanks Trans and Nonbinary ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Colleagues While Accepting Best Actress in a Musical
Patten’s comments follow the news that the show’s lead producers, Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price, had hired the external firm Jay Hewlin and The Hewlin Group to investigate allegations made by former cast members, including nonbinary actor Nora Schell, who alleged in a social media post mistreatment by stage management and…
Patten’s comments follow the news that the show’s lead producers, Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price, had hired the external firm Jay Hewlin and The Hewlin Group to investigate allegations made by former cast members, including nonbinary actor Nora Schell, who alleged in a social media post mistreatment by stage management and other members of the show’s creative leadership in regards to their health care. The producers also announced they are immediately launching an external review of the show’s policies and procedures.That followed a lengthy Sept. 17 statement to the production’s website and social media, acknowledging missteps in how they publicly spoke about and identified Patton’s character Jo, a lovestruck teen dealing with religious parents, their sexuality and a souring relationship while also going on their own gender journey, which has no confirmed outcome in the show. The letter also outlined significant changes to the productions on an off-stage approach to trans and nonbinary identities.A day after the statement, Patten shared a video conversation with Shakina Nayfack, trans writer, actress and activist, to increase transparency around the conversations that were being had about Jo, and to be accountable for harm resulting from the erasure of Jo’s gender journey. Patten linked her comments to a broader conversation on Broadway about transparency and the production changes that have occurred in regards to representation, particularly over the last year.“The truth is that I did not know as much as I should and stepping into something that I did know would resonate with a lot of folks — a lot of queer folks and a lot of trans folks,” Patten said. “I should have known more how to talk about it. I should have known how to exactly, as you said, affirm the experience without trying to be it.”This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.
Britney Spears Thinks These ‘Cheesy’ Instagram Photos Look Like Her Yearbook Pictures
Britney Spears returned to Instagram after a brief hiatus recently, and she’s back to sharing some of her selfies.Friday night (Sept. 24), the pop star posted a pair of pictures of herself in which she’s seen sweetly gazing up at the camera. With a floral crop top and her hair pulled half back, Spears’ look…
Britney Spears returned to Instagram after a brief hiatus recently, and she’s back to sharing some of her selfies.Friday night (Sept. 24), the pop star posted a pair of pictures of herself in which she’s seen sweetly gazing up at the camera. With a floral crop top and her hair pulled half back, Spears’ look in the snapshots apparently reminded her of some old photos — her yearbook pictures.Some of Spears’ actual yearbook portraits have circulated around the internet in the past. (A quick Google image search will pull them up.)
Saweetie & Darren Criss Talk Performing at the ‘Celebratory’ SHEIN x Rock the Runway
“I love that SHEIN’s goal for this event is to create a one-stop destination for fashionistas to discover up and coming creators across all aspects of the industry,” Saweetie tells Billboard of the opportunity. “I love that SHEIN is opening that door for everyone by shining a light on the biggest of stars to the indie artists.…
“I love that SHEIN’s goal for this event is to create a one-stop destination for fashionistas to discover up and coming creators across all aspects of the industry,” Saweetie tells Billboard of the opportunity. “I love that SHEIN is opening that door for everyone by shining a light on the biggest of stars to the indie artists. I’m passionate about so many things… music, fashion, beauty, and I’ve been so fortunate to pursue my dreams. Music is my ultimate love and it’s opened the door for all these other amazing things.”Fellow performer Darren Criss is equally excited to be included in such a unique opportunity, telling Billboard, “I really like the idea of not your typical fashion show and it being more of a celebration of dance and music and contextualizing the clothes via the music and performative elements and seeing how clothes look on all different kinds of people with different kinds of movement and music. That thinking out of the box factor of a typical fashion show was immediately appealing to me.”Saweetie shared that for her performance, which will showcase the Ski Party looks, fans should expect “lots of dancing” choreographed by Brya Woods and assistant choreographer Aahkilah Cornelius.Criss is gearing up to perform his new single “For a Night Like This,” which he describes as an “unapologetically celebratory jam.””It’s all about celebrating with the people you love,” he adds. “It’s such a vibrant song and the creativity that they were going for with this fashion show was a really great match for the song I wanted to perform. I’m happy I can showcase that vibrancy and colorfulness.”Criss, whose performance will accompany the City Sleek styles, emphasized his gratitude for SHEIN bringing his song to life with “a hundred dancers of all different backgrounds, shapes and sizes, with a variety of movement. That is something that really takes a song to the next level. It takes it from a song to a spectacle and a visually exciting experience. It’s something we all hope can happen with our songs when we write them.””Any opportunity I have to be around dancers and have dancing in my life – I’m not a dancer myself, but any time I can have that in my life, whether it’s through one of my songs or walking through life, I embrace that opportunity,” he continues. “The more dance, the better.”SHEIN x Rock the Runway will also help raise awareness and donations to benefit National Action Network, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations and Youth Emerging Stronger, which helps to build futures for foster and homeless youth. SHEIN is donating $350,000 across both charities.”While I love to use my platforms to entertain, it’s just as important for me to educate and make a positive impact on the world and I love that SHEIN is acting on this by partnering with these organizations,” Saweetie says of the event’s charitable aspect. “I’m huge supporter of education and giving everyone access to the knowledge that will help them to grow and succeed in the world regardless of their background.””It’s obviously the bonus for anything you do,” Criss agrees. “You’re happy to support anything that supports others beyond the preliminary presentation of ‘Here are some cool clothes, here are some amazing dancers, here’s a cool song.’ In the process, we’re also shining a light on an organization that are doing a lot of good in the world. I always prefer that to be a component in anything I do.”Since this is a fashion show, after all, how would Saweetie and Darren Criss describe their personal style? “My style is always growing and evolving,” Saweetie explains, “Because I am constantly researching and studying designers and their collections throughout the past. I love to play with fashion and take risks with my style – anything glam! I draw a lot of inspiration from the 90s and early 2000s and try to mix these retro and nostalgic elements with the feminine aesthetic of old Hollywood glamour.””I’m a big believer in dressing for the party,” Criss says. “This is a much larger idea that goes into music, that goes into how I approach everything in life, which is knowing what the venue is, honoring what the dress code is and then doing your own spin on it to be a little unique and not like everybody else. Just enough of something that is accessible so that people feel comfortable around your choice, but you’re also pushing it a little bit. I like toeing that line in general. I’m not saying I’m a fashionista at all, but it depends what day of the week it is, what coffee shop I’m walking to and what part of town. All those variables have their own set of rules that I like to abide by. But I’m definitely not one type of thing and am never thoughtless, that’s for sure.”Catch the SHEIN x Rock the Runway event when its streams on Sunday (Sept. 26) at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on the SHEIN app, and the company’s Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages. Shop the SHEIN x Rock the Runway looks here.