With the WORLDS tour in full effect, chances are Porter has already come to your city and you’ve experienced his new live show, or there is a show coming near you later on his schedule and you were lucky enough to get a ticket. If you don’t fall into either of these categories, then I am truly sorry for you.
WORLDS is slated to hit New York’s famed Terminal 5 this weekend for two nights in a row, and is the only city to have the luxury of having the show twice. The first show on Saturday sold out in record breaking time, causing Porter to add a second.
I myself am lucky enough to be attending the show this Monday night at DC’s historical 9:30 club, which is the only major venue in DC that Porter hasn’t performed at (he has already performed at Echostage twice, as well as fur nightclub). Porter will join the ranks of artists such as Bob Dylan, The Beastie Boys, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few, all of whom have performed at 9:30 club. Known for its smaller and more intimate vibe (Its capacity is 1,200, and that is generous given its size), it is clear that Porter is going for a far more immersive experience with his tour, rather than his old style of raging fucking face (although I loved that style too).
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Porter described his tour as “It’s not going to be DJ sets. I’m going to be playing exclusively my own music. I’ll be singing and triggering samples and running multitracks and playing keys. I think it’s important that people realize it’s not meant to be this craziest party of all time. Overall it’s kind of a more sensitive experience.” He really means this too.
At a recent show in Illinois, Porter called out two frat star douches in the crowd who were attempting to mosh during a chilled out part of the show, saying “Yo, this isn’t moshing music, respect everyone around you, please. For fuck sake this is supposed to be pretty, rage somewhere else.”
However, just because this tour will be a more sensitive experience, it does not mean the production will be lacking. To the contrary, the production on this tour is astounding, with Porter making use of 32-foot screens, 96 lighting fixtures, 480 streamer tubes, 1,600 pounds of confetti, and 15 50-pound tanks of CO2, all whilst Porter is manipulating multi-tracks, jamming midi controllers, and triggering samples.
All in all, the WORLDS tour is unlike anything the dance music scene has seen before, and cannot be missed. Unfortunately the DC show is sold out, but if you really want to go (which you should), I would recommend using a third party vendor such as Stub Hub. Yes, this is the one time I would recommend using Stub Hub. The Hype is real.
10/11 New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/12 New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/13 Washington DC – 9:30 Club
10/15 Tallahassee, FL – Coliseum
10/16 Tampa, FL – Amphitheatre
10/17 Orlando, – FL HOB
10/18 Miami, FL – Fillmore