Billie Eilish briefly stopped her show this weekend to help a fan in the crowd who needed an inhaler, according to concert footage captured by fans.
After early November’s Astroworld festival tragedy that saw 10 people lost their lives, many musicians took more caution for their concerts to avoid the same fate as Travis Scott’s hometown show. Whether it be Playboi Carti’s tour issuing conduct warnings or SZA stopping a show to check on a fan, performers were on notice.
In a video clip that surfaced on social media, the singer, currently on the road for Happier Than Ever, The World Tour, is seen putting safety first as she looks out into the audience with concern. “You need an inhaler?” she asks before addressing her stage crew. “Do we have an inhaler? Can we just grab one?”
“It’s OK, we got one,” Eilish says, pointing to a concert attendee. “Give her some time. Don’t crowd.”
Most recently, Billie Eilish was hyper-aware of her surroundings, haltering her concert to aid a fan. Saturday night (Feb. 5), Eilish paused her show in Atlanta when a fan had trouble breathing. She stopped the music and had stagehands find an inhaler for the attendee. As she waited for things to normalize, she seemingly threw a shot at Travis Scott for failing to do the same at Astroworld: “We’re taking care of our people, hold on. I wait for people to be okay before I perform.”
“I wait for people to be OK until I keep going,” she noted in another short video from the show obtained by TMZ, who reports that the moment was from Saturday night’s (Feb. 5) performance at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
As this subtle diss was met with applause, Billie then had her fans create more space between themselves in the pit and had everyone take a deep breath before she resumed the show: “Take a deep breath, go get water, whatever you need to do to be happy and healthy right now. We’re all good, everybody’s okay, we’re going to keep it going.
In another fan clip, as fans cheer her on, Eilish is seen blowing a kiss and asking, “You need to come out or are you OK? Are you sure?” before mouthing “I love you.”
Currently, Travis Scott and Live Nation face a massive lawsuit by hundreds of the festival-goers, but it is currently not clear when the case will begin proceedings. Travis Scott has not performed since that fatal day, as his April Coachella performance was cancelled and he was replaced with Billie Eilish and Kanye West as headliners.
The tour just kicked off last week, on Feb. 3, in New Orleans before heading to Atlanta. Eilish next performs in in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday night. See more about her tour dates here.
Happier Than Ever, The World Tour requires ticket holders to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48 hours prior to entry, in addition to wearing a mask, in an effort to keep fans, Eilish and her band, and the tour crew healthy.