Phoebe Bridgers, the bisexual breakout singer-songwriter whose 2020 album, Punisher, earned her four Grammy nominations, was almost rained out at her Tuesday night show at The Aretha Franklin Amphitheater in Detroit.
The single show, which had been consolidated and moved from two nights at the Royal Oak Music Theater due to COVID concerns, was delayed thanks to torrential rains and lightning, but Mother Nature provided a unique backdrop to the outdoor show. At one point, water even flooded the venue and cascaded down its steps, wetting the feet of the concertgoers who appeared too excited to complain.
“Rain was worth it,” @slut4pheebz tweeted.
“100 percent worth it,” responded @loganlazorka.
Bridgers moved all shows on her fall tour to outdoor venues in response to nationwide COVID outbreaks. Proof of vaccination is required to enter except in cities where it is not allowed by law.
“It was chaotic for a bit as water started pouring in,” said concertgoer Ren Pierse. “But once everyone got under the awning and the storm died down a bit, everyone was just waiting around to see if the weather would clear enough for Phoebe to take the stage.”
When she finally emerged, delighting her patient fans, she put on a show not even torrential rain could dampen. Judging by the social media response, Bridgers’ weather-soaked performance will be one concertgoers won’t soon forget.
“Best concert I’ve ever been to” tweeted @topherdisgrace.
— 🌲heather🌲 (@heyyfeather) September 15, 2021
— Logan (@loganlazorka) September 15, 2021
Rain delay at the Phoebe Bridgers concert just sparked a swipe surge 🤭let’s go lesbians pic.twitter.com/d00taQTIuc
— emily (@ThatKidAmazing) September 15, 2021
Saw Phoebe Bridgers in Detroit last night with @donut87_. Phoebe put on a great show (I’m a Pharb now), the venue was awesome, and there was torrential rain before and lightning striking during. Best concert I’ve ever been to. pic.twitter.com/Z5Nmoxw7yp
— Regular Chris! (@TopherDisgrace) September 15, 2021