Olivia Rodrigo Plays Final U.S. Tour Stop at SF’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

The 19-year-old singer-songwriter, who since the release of her debut album Angry in May 2021, has become the reigning star of the Gen Z era – playing her impressive discography to a sold-out crowd in San Francisco on Friday night, cementing her place in pop culture and her ability to dominate a stage.

Think back to January 2021 for a brief moment: it had been less than a month since the FDA granted emergency use to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines, a riot in the Capitol Building caused widespread chaos (as well as safety concerns) . Inauguration Day) and an 18-year-old singer — shot out of the Disney talent cannon — broke streaming records on multiple platforms with their now ubiquitous song “Drivers License.”

Fast-forward to the present moment, and Olivia Rodrigo took the music on a refreshing whirlwind, spinning from hit to hit, all culminating in her sold-out, 33-stop North American leg of her “Sour Tour,” which ended in San Francisco , Friday evening. The occasion was objectively monumental; It even got City Hall to light up the tour’s main color scheme: purple and a golden-hued orange.

SFGate reported that the lines stretched twice – twice! – around the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and up towards City Hall, leading to their Friday night show at 8pm. Concert-goers were decked out in purple regalia, carried signage and took photos in front of the Sour tour bus, which sold tour merchandise to an overwhelmingly young crowd of teenagers and early 20s.

Once arrived, fans were apparently treated to an hour-long extravaganza that cemented Rodrigo’s reign as a pop tour de force. As she meandered through her twelve-track LP – with what SFGate noted, a demonstration of her “theater kid skills” – Rordigio mesmerized the 8,500 attendees with her vocal range, lyricism and cathartic dances, the teens with joy, tumultuous nature and glee recalled obvious clumsiness that leads to being barely old enough to drive a vehicle.

During the tour, Rodrigo’s shows also served as a soapbox for social and political commentary. She took the time to discuss this Importance of abortion rights in this country (and their support of them) and recently the need for Better gun control laws and regulations following this week’s massacre in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of nineteen children and two adults.

Through the otherwise heartbreaking, despondent events of the last few months, Rodrigo has proved to be a balm and a source of both cathartic exhilaration and escapism during these chaotic times. And their San Francisco stop may just have been the culmination of their previous stage presence, introduced on this tour.

“Damn, I really saved the best show for last,” she apparently joked at one point, smiling as the crowd howled and sang back to her.

If you weren’t among the thousands of ecstatic, raucous fans at Rodrigo’s San Francisco concert last night, you’re welcome to relive some of the concert’s best moments, uploaded to social media.

Photo: Olivia Rodrigo performs during her 2022 SOUR Tour at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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