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Billie Eilish is spreading the green gospel.
Amid the music and joyful screams, fans also got a global warning message at the Billie Eilish “Happier Than Ever” concert on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Prudential Center in Newark.
A video accompanying her performance of “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” presented images of dying whales, entangled sea turtles and raging forest fires.
“You know how much I talk about global warming and how (blanked) it is right now,” said Eilish after the song. “It drives me insane and the footage drives me insane every time I see it. It's hard to look at but it's really, really important that we know what is going on in the world. We're trying to do better and we're trying to protect our planet and our friends and our families, and we need to stand with each other.”
Stand is the operative word. The very enthusiastic crowd of mostly teenage and 20something girls only sat when Eilish told them to do so for the intermittent ballads. They were so few guys at the show that most of the men's rooms were converted to women's rooms.
Eilish and her two-member band, which included her brother and collaborator Finneas O'Connell, delivered bottom-heavy mid-tempo rhythm bangers and dreamy ballads. The songs provided a portal of self-discovery and a counter message to self-image obsession in an image driven world.
Eilish, 20, pushes back. Where other pop stars reveal plenty of skin on stage, Eilish was happy in a baggy graphic T-shirt, shorts, Nike knee pads and sneakers.
No peekaboo costume changes for this star, thank you.
It would have been nice to have seen her perform with a full band instead of relying on bass-heavy backing tracks. The loud bass mix was detrimental on quieter ballads like “Halley's Comet,” and “No Time to Die.”
There's time to smooth out the rough edges. The big boom should mark the onset of a long career.
“Bye sexy!” yelled a female fan at the end of the show. “I can't scream anymore!”
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Billie Eilish setlist at Prudential Center, Newark
Bury a Friend
I Didn't Change My Number
Therefore I Am
My Strange Addiction
You Should See Me in a Crown
Billie Bossa Nova
No Time to Die
When the Party's Over
All the Good Girls Go to Hell
Everything I Wanted
Happier Than Ever
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Billie Eilish saves the whales, locks up hearts in Newark NJ