Post Malone makes fun of his own music on Outside Lands

Post Malone introduced himself at his headlining concert on the final night of San Francisco’s Outside Lands with a little jab at his own expense.

“My name is Austin Richard Post and I came to play cool music and have fun,” he said to laughter and cheers.

Say what he (or you) will about his music, but Post Malone is arguably the defining pop star of the 2010s: a songwriter who’s naturally melancholic, adept at genre crossovers and, depending on your tolerance for background music, exceptional vibe. He pioneered a kind of sad white boy rapper slash pop rock star that smashed Top 40 radio — see The Kid Laroi and Machine Gun Kelly as contemporaries who have exploited the same formula with diminishing success .

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

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The final four songs of his set are all so ubiquitous that even the most radio-shy listener would nod in approval — his debut hit “White Iverson,” “Sunflower,” a stage-fire version of “Rockstar,” and the firework-filled closer “Congratulations.” He’s had a string of chart-topping hits that any artist would be jealous of. His best songs have titan pop songwriting; it’s likely that the drum fill of “Sunflower” or that “Better Now” hook was stuck in your head against your will (this author certainly has).

But Post, with his facial tattoos and drunken ramblings, is so much more alive in person than any of these songs would suggest. His versatility has at times kept him from gaining a definitive identity, but he is a vibrant personality. When he sounds clean and well-numbed on tape, he let the cracks and gravel in his voice shine through during his set. It made even his darkest songs more compelling. “Wow.” is one of the best entries in his discography, but he let out a bone-shattering scream that made it seem bigger and more epic than ever. His song with Ozzy Osbourne, “Take What You Want,” felt really intimidating; a literal fire and brimstone homage to (and with) the Prince of Darkness.

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

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

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Post was goofy, clumsy and menacing. He balances his mug of beer on his head, then lets out a guttural scream, falls over, and kneels. He’s a natural showman, albeit one who has dropped his beer on stage a few times. He’s also hilarious as hell, ushering in the show’s superficial acoustic stretch — just Posty and his guitar — with a forgoing pee-break.

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

But his Outside Lands set was proof that Post Malone just seems incredibly grateful to be a musician. When he thanks you after almost a song, you’re crushed to believe him; He also got the crowd cheering for Dennis, his beer-laden stagehand. For that he is grateful.

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

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

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“I want to say the most sincere thank you to f—king in the f—king 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 everyone has supported me throughout this long time that we’ve had.”

Post ended his set with the Quavo feature “Congratulations.” Even during that lap of honor, he thanked the crowd for rocking with him, especially after the pandemic shut down live music. He even made a little joke.

“Apart from being a bit chubby, nothing has changed,” he said. Post is a never-ending vessel of charm, even as people headed out to catch the shuttle home and the final fireworks turned to fog. What a lovely way to end Outside Lands.

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

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

Adam Pardee/Special for SFGATE

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

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

Adam Pardee/Special for SFGATE



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