On December 23, Seattle's own Macklemore returned home. Playing back-to-back shows to his hometown crowd, Seattle showed up en force to the tune of 13,000 strong, selling out the legendary KeyArena both nights.
Ever the showman, between songs, Macklemore told stories of his youth. He interacted with the audience at times, embracing fans at the barrier, walking out over the top of the crowd, and during "Willy Wonka," he even dangled from the roof of the KeyArena.
Macklemore performed nearly every song from his Gemini album, and of course, his hits from his first two albums. It was pretty clear, however, that this show wasn't just another tour stop, another performance. This was a homecoming. Midway through the set, a brief video played, with several of Seattle's heroes including Pete Carroll, Ciara and Russell Wilson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Ken Griffey Jr. and Shawn Kemp acknowledging Macklemore's five sold-out shows at the KeyArena before a banner was revealed displaying this accomplishment. With the king already crowned, Macklemore took a moment to acknowledge his homecoming court—all of the musicians, dancers and many of the collaborators who have been a part of his incredible career. As for who would be homecoming Queen? Clearly, it could be none other than the city of Seattle.
Be sure to catch up with Macklemore when he embarks on a nine-week "Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore" tour. That tour is set to kick off in the summer of 2018 in Phoenix, Ariz.