The Life Support Tour with Madison Beer and Maggie Lindemann
New York, NY – October 24th, 2021
On the evening of October 24th, I arrived at New York City’s Terminal 5. The venue, which sits just one block east of the Hudson River, was swarming with teenage fans. That evening, TikTok superstar, Madison Beer, was bringing her Life Support tour to New York for a sold out performance. The line wrapped all the way around the venue, a line so long I had never seen something like it before at Terminal 5.
I entered the venue and fans of all ages were packed in. Young kids with their parents and teenagers with their friends were all pushing closer to the stage, trying their best to get a memorable view. Kicking off the show was pop-rock sensation Maggie Lindemann. I recently discovered Maggie — not on TikTok, like many do these days — but from the good old Spotify algorithm. I liked what I heard, the classic pop sound with a little hint of rock n roll grittiness, so I was excited to see her performance that evening.
Maggie opened her set with “Knife Under My Pillow”, before delving into my personal favorite “Crash and Burn.” Wearing an oversized t-shirt with the sleeves cut off and boots that radiate big “I will step on you” energy, Maggie twirled around the stage, flipping her hair left and right. She was oozing hardcore rock n roll energy and I was loving every second of it. It was clear that Maggie had quite a handful of her own fans that evening, as fans hooted and hollered words of affection towards Maggie in between each song. Lindemann closed out her short but sweet set with her newly released single, “She Knows It.”
After Maggie’s performance, the stage was cleared until all that remained was a small tree and swing on stage left and a massive, floor to ceiling LED screen. I’ll be the first to admit that I went into the performance not having a clue about Madison Beer, but sometimes that’s the best way to go into things. I didn’t know what to expect, but given the dedication and love that I was seeing from her fans that night, I knew she was well loved and talented.
Around 9:30, Madison Beer took to the stage. Accompanied by two dancers, Madison stood atop a rolling cubicle of sorts. Like the stage entrances of pop stars who have come and gone, Madison emerged from the darkness and was rolled to center stage. Opening with her hit song, “Baby”, I could barely hear Madison over the screams of her young fans throughout the venue.
I felt like I was witnessing history — was I photographing the next generation’s Hannah Montana? Maybe I’m dating myself too much here, but the one thing I will say about Madison is that she’s insanely talented. Madison put on a captivating performance that evening and a lengthy setlist that was chock full of fan favorites including “BOYSHIT”, “Stained Glass”, “Sour Times” and her finale song, “Everything Happens for a Reason.”
I went into the show not having a clue what to expect and I left the show thoroughly impressed. I can definitely say that I understand the hype. Madison is an extremely talented, young performer and it’s going to be very exciting to see how her career grows in the coming years!