Jon Bellion took the stage this Wednesday night on The Human Condition Tour Part II at the Ogden Theatre in Denver and did not leave fans with one bit of disappointment.
Bellion’s newest album, “The Human Condition” is currently sitting at number 15 on iTunes, with his single “All Time Low” soaring on the radio charts. He is touring the world with Twenty One Pilots in the spring, and his name is finally starting to pick up traction is the music industry after working tirelessly for 10 years. 25-year-old Long Island singer and rapper has written and produced songs for countless other artists, his most popular one to date being “Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna. He also sings on Zedd’s hit single “Beautiful Now.” Despite the recent fame, Bellion’s fans have been with him since the beginning, a decent portion of the crowd seeing the artist attended all four previous shows that he has performed in Denver.
Before the show, Bellion allowed fans who purchased a VIP package to attend a private Q&A session and watch the soundcheck for the show. Fans got the opportunity to ask the Bellion, Travis Mendez and Blaque Keyz any questions that they wanted to; the questions ranged between everything from politics to music to family, and Bellion answered as thoughtfully and genuinely as he could.
A fan in the audience asked “When is your first Pixar Movie coming out?” This is Bellion’s lifelong dream. He has stated in multiple interviews and on social media that his biggest goal in making music is to create the music for a Pixar film. Recently, executives from Disney visited the singer at a show and invited him to visit Pixar Studios, which he did last week in California while on tour, according to Bellion. He confirmed to fans that nothing is in the works as of now by answering the question with “I really wish I knew.”
When asked how he came to be friends with Travis Mendes and Blaque Keyz, Bellion answered: “We met in college. And umm, it was a really small performing arts school, so if you were good everyone kinda knew you, and they’d all check out your music and stuff, so a lot of people kept telling Travis and Blaque Keyz like ‘yo you gotta work with this guy Jon, you gotta do it.’ And so we finally met them and I was like ‘hey wanna come listen to some beats in my dorm?’ And then me and Travis did a song together and the rest is history,” Bellion said.
When asked the inevitable question of what he thinks about Donald Trump being the president elect, he answered.
“The thing is, I’m extremely ignorant when it comes to the topic and I can’t give you a proper answer,” Bellion said. “I know nothing about politics, I don’t know anything about either of the candidates because I don’t believe in politics. So to answer that, I have no opinion, because in all honesty I’ve never paid attention to politics and I’m just extremely ignorant about the whole thing.”
A fan in the audience commented, “I really appreciate that he didn’t try to shove his views down our throats like every other person is.”
As the Q&A session drew to a close, Bellion also shared a few final thoughts. His favorite song to play live is “New York Soul- Pt. ii.” His advice to an aspiring performer would be to “never stop creating.” And the upcoming tour with Twenty One Pilots came to be when the band’s lead singer Tyler Joseph direct messaged him on Twitter asking, “Yo, you wanna go on tour with us?”
A fan in the audience said after the Q&A, “he seems like such a cool, genuine, guy, I just wanna go hang out with him and get coffee and talk about life.”
The first person to take the stage for the night was Alec Benjamin, who sings the opening line in Bellion’s song “New York Soul- Pt. ii. ” He sang a few original songs and an interesting take of Eminem’s “Stand” while accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar. Benjamin had a few of his own fans in attendance but did a great job of warming up the crowd for the show, even if an audience member had not heard his music prior to the concert. People watched silently while smiling, Benjamin’s voice captivating the crowd’s attention.
Up next was Travis Mendes, Bellion’s longtime friend who often worked with him closely on the creation and production of each of their records. The rapper and singer is featured countless times on Jon Bellion’s entire discography, so fans were very familiar with his music. Mendes recently put out an EP, which is available on Spotify, entitled “Closure.” His short, but highly energetic set was made up of the songs on this EP, which Bellion is featured on. The set started out with a technical difficulty, people could only hear Mendes’ vocals, but not the music. After the issue was fixed, Mendes quickly brought a large amount of volume, energy and an overall upbeat and happy atmosphere into the room. Fans in the audience cheered and danced, giving much praise to Mendes’ powerful vocals.
Very shortly after Travis Mendes left the stage came the last opening act for the night, Blaque Keys, another one of Bellion’s longtime friends who is featured on many of his songs across multiple of his albums and mixtapes. He got the audience off their feet and put their hands high in air to his fast paced, bass-heavy rap that got the audience in the mood to have a great time for the rest of the show. Fans enjoyed a portion of his set in which he performed older songs that have been featured of Bellion’s, which is how most of them were familiar with him. Blaque Keyz’, also short but well received, left the audience eager to check out some of his own music.
After a long wait, Bellion finally took the stage, and the audience roared with cheers. It was hard to believe how loud it was for a venue that holds only 1600 people. He started out the set with “He is the Same,” which is the first song on “The Human Condition,” then went onto perform his hit single “All Time Low,” then “Run Wild” off of his fourth album “The Definition,” which longtime fans seemed to especially enjoy.
Throughout the entire set, Travis Mendes was on stage to perform all of the bits of the songs he is featured in, further helping the audience develop a family like, ecstatic and happy atmosphere. Towards the end of the set, Blaque Keyz joined Jon and Mendes on stage to do the same.
As the crowd sang along loudly to every song, the singer had the room jumping, dancing and screaming for the rest of the set, playing crowd favorites such as “Guillotine,” “80’s Films,” “Overwhelming” and “Hand of God,” a song that he shared with the audience that took a year and three months to complete. Although Bellion did play a few songs from his older albums throughout the set, he made sure that “day one fans” did not leave unsatisfied by sticking to tradition and coming out for encore with the song that he has always ended his sets with, “Jim Morrison.”
Fans did not leave the venue as soon as the singer and his band left the stage, many stuck around to chat, take pictures together and try to get setlists and guitar picks as they took the setup down. During this time, it was easy to tell that Jon Bellion does not disappoint when it comes to live shows, fans exclaimed that it was the best concert they’ve ever been to.