‘Hi Germanyy’: Billie Eilish presents an acoustic evening in Bonn | free press


When was the last time you heard that? “Billy! Billy! Billy!” Screaming from dozens of throats in the hall filled with about 2,000 people.

The musical notation has not yet been played, but the euphoria is palpable. Someone worships here. Because of the 1997 soundtrack, one imagines oneself performing for a big boy band, perhaps with the Backstreet Boys, but no – Billy’s name wasn’t one. Only one Brian.

It means “Billie! Billie! Billie!” Wednesday evening in Bonn “Billie Eilish”. 20 years old, from Los Angeles and one of the biggest pop stars of our time. Wearing a black jacket, she sits on a chair, holds a microphone and sings. “I am so happy to see you guys,” she tells enthusiastic fans.

Special offer with Brother Phineas

It’s a special show given by the 20-year-old. On the other hand, it’s a vocal party that doesn’t require any fancy musical frills. Eilish’s voice, sometimes guitar, sometimes piano. Her brother Phineas plays with her on stage.

On the other hand, this is a prelude to their eagerly awaited concerts in Europe. It is expected in Germany in June in Frankfurt, Cologne and Berlin in the large halls. In Bonn you will appear in advance at the Telekom Forum, a modern but more club-like venue. Telekom and Eilish have worked together in the past. Hours before the show, her nearly 103 million followers around the world on Instagram address her “Hi Germanyy.” Hello Germany.

Eilish can also do without electric chimes

What Germany hears next is proof that Eilish is a great singer. Her fully-produced songs, played on radio or deposited with major streaming providers, sometimes live on electronic beats and the way Eilish sings — she almost breathed, without a big nod, not an octave up and down again. Sometimes you want to raise the speakers to understand everything. Now, with vocal accompaniment and live, Eilish shows that she can easily interpret it in other ways.

Of course she sings her huge “Bad Guy”, but also, for example, “Ocean Eyes”. It’s the song she uploaded to the music site Soundcloud when she was thirteen – it was the starting point for an amazing story. At the age of 17, her debut album conquered the charts, and in 2020, at the age of 18, she won Grammy Awards in all four major categories. At the end of March, she won an Academy Award for her song “No Time to Die” for the Bond movie “No Time to Die”.

Eilish: “I feel the dark things”

Various influencers, actors, and musicians are roaming the guest area this evening. Everyone wants to see Eilish. why is that? “I came because Billie Eilish is – I think – the artist of our generation,” says Luna Schweiger, Til Schweiger’s 25-year-old daughter. Young people can learn about music. Corona, the war — it’s “not an easy time to grow up at all,” she said. Eilish takes one on the shoulder. “You think: Well, I’m not alone.”

In fact, many of Eilish’s songs give the listener a darker character. She once said, “Why do I write about things I don’t understand? I feel dark things.” On stage, that evening, you don’t even feel that much. Billie Eilish Pirate Bird O’Connell, as her full name is, laughs, makes the audience scream and sing, and hands kisses. The heaviness is conveyed more in their words. And in a brief moment at the end she is holding the Ukrainian flag and raising it.

“I’ll be in Cologne in a few weeks,” Billie Eilish says. Maybe we’ll see each other there again. (dpa)

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