Seattle welcomed home favorite son Macklemore as he concluded the stateside portion of his “Gemini” tour with an exuberant, sold-out show Friday night at KeyArena.

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Seattle welcomed home favorite son Macklemore as he concluded the stateside portion of his “Gemini” tour with an exuberant, sold-out show Friday night at KeyArena.

After opening acts Xperience, Travis Thompson and Sol all showed love for their city, it was finally Macklemore’s turn to throw down in front of his hometown, something he said he’d been waiting for all year. Bursting onto stage to “Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight” as cannons fired and singer Eric Nally wailed, Mack immediately turned the first of two weekend shows into a giant dance party.

It was telling that the arena floor was general admission; Ben Haggerty knows his people and Friday night they were there to burn the place down. The evil ambience of “Firebreather” and “Marmalade” — his daughter Sloane’s favorite song — helped keep the momentum up before he tore into the crowd pleaser “Thrift Shop.”

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Macklemore: Gemini Tour

At KeyArena Friday, Dec. 22. Another show 7:30 Saturday, Dec. 23; https://www.keyarena.com/events/detail/macklemore

Despite the raucous party atmosphere, the fractured state of the nation wasn’t far from Macklemore’s mind, and like many artists recently, he took some time to speak out. “Thank you for leaving your homes and interacting and celebrating live music,” he said to a thunderous roar of applause. “This is what community looks like.”

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He capped off the cathartic moment with 2012 hit “Same Love,” the hook provided in person by Mary Lambert. She was joined in that role by several others, including Hollis on “White Walls” and Donna Missal on “Over It,” giving the night a special feel.

Perhaps that was also just the interesting dichotomy between Friday and Dec. 13, when Jay-Z played a stripped-down show at the same venue where he appeared alone on stage in the middle of the arena, almost more a piece of art to be ogled than an artist at work.

Much like Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, whom he referenced several times, Macklemore enjoyed a distinct home-court advantage within the friendly confines of KeyArena. The crowd, an undulating sea of humanity that notably had many young kids and teens with parents in tow, was as loud as an NBA playoff game all night long, their civic pride just as evident.

One final burst of pure joy, the sugar rush of “Can’t Hold Us” was a fine way to close things out, but of course Mack wasn’t done. He used two more songs off “Gemini” to bookend a generous five-song encore that stretched the show well past 90 minutes, starting off the encore with “Excavate” before reluctantly saying goodbye with the celebratory “Glorious.”

If Macklemore wasn’t quite ready for things to end, he’s in luck. He has one more show Saturday before things kick back up in February as the tour heads to Australia, New Zealand and Europe.