Pop Break Live: Kacey Musgraves ‘star-crossed: unveiled’ Tour with King Princess & MUNA at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
On October 25, 2019, Kacey Musgraves played the final stop of her Oh, What a World II tour. She had no idea that it would be the last tour stop she would make for over two years. A few months later the world would shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, which would halt all industries, especially live events.
Musgraves did stay busy during that time. She released a Christmas Special on Amazon Prime in November 2019, filed for divorce from her husband and fellow country musician, Ruston Kelly, and dropped her fifth studio album, star-crossed, in September 2021. Now two years later, Kacey is back on the road supporting star crossed with a world tour that made its way to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for an unforgettable night filled with cherry blossoms, and a Dolly Parton cover.
Electronic pop three piece, MUNA opened the show with a fun and energetic set. The band has been growing in popularity ever since signing with Phoebe Bridgers’ record label, Saddest Factory, back in May 2021. They teased new music from their upcoming third studio album and ended their set with their latest smash single, “Silk Chiffon.”
After MUNA was King Princess, whose energy and musical talent was electrifying throughout their set, is no stranger to playing larger arenas like the Wells Fargo Center. They have opened up for artists like Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes, and Red Hot Chili Peppers and are signed to Mark Ronson’s label Zelig Record. King Princess played songs from their 2019 debut album, Cheap Queen, as well as singles “House Burn Down” and “Little Bother” from their yet-to-be-announced follow-up.
When Kacey finally took the stage, the crowd went wild. She opened with the title track from star-crossed and was supposed to have a heart behind her that would be engulfed in flame. The heart was there, but due to a technical issue, the flame only lit part of it. Luckily, that was the end of the tech issues, and the rest of the show went off without a hitch. She played through five star-crossed tracks diving into her discography with songs like “Golden Hour,” “High Horse,” and Space Cowboy.” Later in the show, she gave one of her lifelong fans the opportunity to pick the next song, which would be a one of four covers. They chose (wisely) “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton and the band went into an incredible cover of the classic song with the words appearing on the giant screen behind them so the whole crowd could sing along.
In the moments she spoke to the crowd, she mentioned that earlier in the week she popped into the historic Philly gay bar, Tavern on Camac, and performed a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” When she took off her shoes to dance around, she joked with the crowd that fans often tell her that she could be selling pictures of her feet on Only Fans and that she shouldn’t be giving them away for free. She closed the show with an encore featuring hits “Slow Burn” and “Rainbow” as the crowd sung along.
Merry Go ‘Round
9 to 5 (Dolly Parton cover)
there is a light
Gracias a la vida (Violeta Parra cover)