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Kid Cudi brings passion, energy to Fillmore Auditorium

Kid Cudi launched himself back into the rap scene with his sixth studio album “Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’.” After his brief brush with punk rock on “Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven,” and canceling his tour to check into rehab, Cudi is living his best life on his Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’ Tour.

Situated in downtown Denver, the Fillmore Auditorium holds up to 3,700 people in the General Admission area. Kid Cudi sold out the venue, and that was clear from the constant presence of bodies all around, pushing and shoving towards the front. The hours of driving, waiting and standing in a sea of people were all worth it when Cudi took the stage around 9:30 pm. With no openers, Cudi had the crowd to himself the whole night and had a blast from start to finish.

Starting out with his new album, Kid Cudi came out on a forest-themed stage, with chirping cricket sounds filling the empty noise between songs. From here, Cudi threw it back to his older albums, much to the fans’ liking. About a third of the way through the concert, Cudi brought out King Chip to play two songs, most notably “Just What I Am” off of “Indicud.” Cudi went on a three-song, non-stop frenzy, with “Cudi Zone,” “Memories” and “Day ‘N Nite.” The energy was through the roof in Fillmore as Kid Cudi kept the crowd raging and raving.

The only disappointing aspects of the concert were the wait and duration. Concertgoers had to spend an hour and a half inside the venue before Kid Cudi took the stage, already 30 minutes past the scheduled start time. Cudi was only on stage for about an hour and a half, including no encore. This was underwhelming and fans were chanting “CU-DI” and “EN-CORE” as he left the stage.

Despite a long wait for a somewhat short set, the building was rocking all night and Kid Cudi was partying with the crowd. Feeding off the energy, Cudi proved that he’s doing fantastic since coming back from rehab. Mr. Rager is must-see entertainment, no matter the distance or wait to see his show.

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