Halsey certainly isn’t forgetting where she came from.
On Sunday night (June 4), the songstress, who released her new album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom on June 2, performed a very intimate Sirius XM show at New York City’s Studio at Webster Hall. In line with the special setting, she left her entire heart on the stage.
The 22-year-old’s fans — many of whom had been camping outside all day — eagerly awaited Halsey’s arrival, singing along to the music that was playing in the venue, from Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem” to Kanye West’s “Famous.” At about 8:30 p.m., Halsey, rocking a blue wig, white top and jean shorts, opened the show with “Eyes Closed” as fans rushed to the front of the very small stage to get as close as they could.
She played songs old and new, from “Colors” and “Gasoline” to new jams off Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, include a very heartfelt performance of “Lie” and “Strangers,” her collaboration with Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui. Even though Halsey’s album was released only two days prior, the room sounded like a choir as fans sang along to every word of all 18 songs in the set, which is no surprise considering just how dedicated Halsey’s fan base is.
After performing Hopeless Fountain Kingdom cut “100 Letters,” she explained that the track was inspired after she dug back into Romeo & Juliet. “Shakespeare literally tells you the end of the story before he even begins it. Something about that is so special, it tells you the ending but you still care to know what happens. So I wrote this song where I tell you ‘I don’t let him touch me anymore,’ but this is a song about when I used to let him touch me.”
There were quite a few candid moments in the show, like when Halsey caught a rose that a fan threw to her on stage. “It’s the only time I’ve ever caught anything that’s been thrown at me in my whole life,” she admitted. “That’s why I’m a musician and not a professional soccer player. You don’t even catch stuff in soccer, that shows you how good at sports I am.”
In true Halsey fashion, she took a few moments throughout the show to talk to fans and let them know how much she cares about them, even throwing water bottles into the crowd to encourage people to stay hydrated. The Studio at Webster Hall is an especially sentimental venue to Halsey, as she played the room just two years ago four months before Badlands had even been released. Because of the venue’s significance, she insisted that she “fought very, very, very hard” to play there following her sophomore album’s release. “I was not gonna let this show not happen!”
After jumping around on stage for about an hour and a half (even hopping into the crowd at one point), she ended the show with a reminder that she’s still the same Halsey she’s always been — something that was highly evident from her heartfelt performance. “I will not forget where I came from, and this is where I came from. I f–king love you guys, goodnight.”