Billie Eilish in Dallas & Roadtripping with my Roomie

Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep World Tour is coming to an end this November in Mexico City after 66 mind-blowing shows that had people flocking from all over to see the 17-year-old singer. With sold-out concert venues, appearances at music festivals like Coachella and Austin City Limits, it’s no wonder that her debut album has chart-topping hits such as “bad guy” and “wish you were gay”.

I was fortunate enough to have a roommate who is a die-hard fan of Billie’s, and we scored tickets for the Dallas show this past October 18th. It was my first time driving to Dallas with someone other than my parents, so this trip was super exciting for me! Road tripping is one of my favorite things, so we got Slurpees from 7-11, jammed out to music from our early 2010s playlist (as well as Billie’s album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), and talked about our home lives. It made me realize that there is so much more of the getting-to-know-you process than living and hanging out with each other these past two months. Madison gave me a grand tour of Garland & her old high school before we got to her house and got ready for the concert.

City centers are honestly my favorite environment to be in. On the drive to the American Airlines Center, I felt a little bit nostalgic, remembering all my fun city adventures with my besties back home. The hustle and bustle of the city and the busy streets make me feel energized and pumped up no matter what time it is. This was me living in the moment in a city across the country from the one I call home. Evidently so, this was Madison’s night. She had been counting down the days to see her favorite artist and I wanted her to have the best experience possible. I was just happily going along for the ride.

It was crazy to actually immerse myself in what the media calls “Billiemania”. You had people of all ages and genders all dressed up in neon and/or latex outfits and chain necklaces. Quite honestly, it was e-girl central, as Madison and I lightly joked about. The crowd accumulated was pretty diverse otherwise, with families and dates scattered around the sold-out venue. Denzel Curry did a pretty good job of opening for the main event, keeping the crowd super hyped. 

Billie’s setlist ranged from songs from her debut album to songs only OGs would know, and it was interesting to hear fans sing along perfectly to her smooth, breathy crooning. This girl has an amazing vocal range; through her music you could feel the emotion reverberate throughout the AAC. Everyone in that stadium, or anyone that likes her music for that matter, can relate to the truth in her lyrics and how she still shows us her quirky, absentminded giggling in the background of her tracks. Despite some rather gothic subject matter, her overall nonchalant attitude during her performances remind us that she’s one of us, and she’s clearly enjoying the ride. Billie Eilish distances herself from the overrated pop formula of teen idols in the industry today, but her eye-opening theatrics and interpretation of teen angst is something you should definitely look out for.

Catch Billie on her Where Do We Go? Tour, the second installment of promo for her debut album, in 2020.