The Homecoming of ASTROWORLD

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By Amanda Compian
Music Journalist

As Travis Scott proceeds with the second leg of his Astroworld Tour, the night of Valentine’s eve he landed in his hometown of Houston, Texas to deliver an electrifying, unorthodox experience at the Toyota Center. From roller coasters to space aliens to a massive inflatable astronaut and firework displays for days, it was a show like one I’ve never been to.

Scott began his set with the first track of the album “STARGAZING,” as he was projected up into the air from a stage with a loop-styled rollercoaster atop while multicolored lights, flames and fog invaded the stadium. Following up with hits “NO BYSTANDERS,” and “CAROUSEL” in tracklist order, Travis also provided some tunes from previous discography for the OG ragers including “Upper Echelon,” “Drugs You Should Try It,” and “Through The Late Night.”

During the show, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made a special appearance on stage with his daughter accompanying him. Turner expressed his gratitude towards Scott and all of his contributions to his hometown.

Travis Scott jumping in the air as a giant inflatable astronaut blows up on stage in the background.
The huge astronaut was one of the main visual elements of the show along with the rollercoaster, flames, and fog. Photo by Amanda Compian.

“We owe so much to this guy for keeping Houston on the map,” Turner said. “Because of him, we want to bring another amusement theme park back to Houston.”

Turner then granted Scott with a key to the city while the crowd flourished into a frenzy. In celebration, Scott performed his first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 “SICKO MODE,” with his key in hand.

“The vibes my city gave me when I was a child to what I am now; I just wanted to put it in an album,” Scott said.

The record is a nostalgic ode to the place that raised him, Space City, and the theme park that inspired him. The closing of the park is what ultimately motivated Scott to channel his newfound free time into music.

Scott prophesied the revival of his childhood theme park in a verse from the Astroworld opener “STARGAZING.” “‘99, took AstroWorld, it had to relocate/ Told the dogs I’d bring it back, it was a seal of faith.”

As a self-proclaimed Houstonian, witnessing Scott’s career from its infancy to being at the sold-out Astroworld Tour was a revolutionary experience I’ll never forget. Even as we walked to the Toyota Center prior to the show the streets rang with his voice. You heard Astroworld songs on every street corner, bike trolley and car radios for miles. It was a fulfilling, community moment; much bigger than any Grammy could surpass.

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