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MGK Recap

In late July, the Fargodome welcomed international rockstar, Machine Gun Kelly to its stage… from the sky.

Check out some of our favorite photos from the memorable night!

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The star released his critically acclaimed, emo-punk album, Mainstream Sellout, in March of this year. Shortly after, the rockstar began touring across the country, including a stop in Fargo in July. When the singer appeared on stage, he remarked that it’s been just over a decade since his first time performing for his Fargo fanbase.

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As a foreshadowing of the surprises and theatrics to come throughout the evening’s performance, Machine Gun Kelly kicked off his night by soaring in above the crowd, hanging from a large pink and black helicopter.

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While some know MGK from his years in the rap genre, recently, he has made a statement with his music, having more of a pop-punk sound—and that’s definitely what he was going for. From the chain-link shirt to the pure punk-angst he brought to the stage, he radiated the same energy as the heavy bass and loud drumset surrounding him.

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Making a statement about the negative comments and backlash he’s gotten online about his newer rock star persona, he was joined onstage by a giant computer-like robot… complete with a static displaying monitor and monotone chants to the crowd.

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Despite these grandiose theatrics, the crowd, filled with die-hard fans, came for one thing and one thing only: his performance. Rumors have swirled the internet regarding if his vocals are autotuned, pre-recorded or if he’s really playing the instruments on stage. Fear no more, as the artist put on one memorable show for his fans. Singing and screaming his heart out, the artist bared his soul, and shredded that guitar, for Fargo fans.

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The artist boasts an impressive array of opening acts throughout his “Mainstream Sellout” tour, ranging from rapper Trippie Redd to rock icon Travis Barker of Blink-182. During his stop at the Fargodome, the singer had assistance from singers WILLOW and Avril Lavigne.

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Machine Gun Kelly performed an impressive 29 songs in total, as he stuck to his more recent, heavier, punk rock sound. Taking minimal (smoke) breaks to lighten the crowd, the artist knew that he had a long list of fan-favorite songs with only so much time to perform.

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The artist may find himself enveloped in controversy occasionally, yet it’s evident that he’s far from deterred by it. He may not please everyone with his rotating media headlines, but it’s clear that he’s willing to be a “Mainstream Sellout” to bring his fans what they want.

Check out more photos from the night!

Photos by Geneva Nodland

Written by Grant Ayers

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