Billie Eilish celebrated the first anniversary of the release of her second album happier than ever Friday with a surprise performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood.
The Grammy Award-winning singer was accompanied by her brother and songwriting partner Finneas on guitar for the intimate appearance. Eilish performed four songs during the midday set: “Billie Bossa Nova”, “Getting Older”, “TV” and “Happier Than Ever”.
“That’s so cute”, Eilish said to the crowd between songs. “You’re just the best, and it’s been the most amazing year. You’ve been so kind and respectful about this album and I just love you. The singer also responded to requests from the public, but felled fans who had asked her to perform some of her most emotionally charged songs. “I hear ‘everyone dies,’ but it’s so depressing,” she said.
After the performance, Eilish was mobbed by fans as she drove her Dodge Challenger out of the parking lot adjoining the famous record store.
Earlier this month, Eilish dropped her guitar songs mini EP, with new tracks “TV” and “The 30th”. In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the 20-year-old described the songwriting process behind both tracks, revealing that mention of the reversal of Roe vs. Wade in “TV” was included in the song long before the landmark decision was confirmed. “We wrote this line a few weeks before it was officially undone. It was a placeholder of doom,” she said.
Long known for her political activism, Eilish recently teamed up with voter registration non-profit HeadCount in a bid to encourage more Gen Z voters to go to the polls. “With what is happening in our country, we need to go to the polls and vote for what we believe in,” she said in a statement. “Not showing up is not an option.”