Post Malone performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

Post Malone turned 23 on the Fourth of July, and provided fireworks Friday as KAABOO Del Mar opened at the fairgrounds.

The rapper — who won Song of the Year (for “Rockstar”) at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards — opened with “Die Young” (“I don’t wanna die too young”) with flashing bomb lights and fog while wearing an “R.I.P. Mac Miller” shirt paying tribute to the 26-year-old rapper who died last week of a reported drug overdose.

Malone has endured a tough few weeks.

On Aug. 21, he and 15 others were on a private plane that made an emergency landing in New Windsor, N.Y., after two front tires blew out at takeoff. (All are fine.)

On Sept. 1, three men brandishing guns smashed a window and invaded his former home in San Fernando, reportedly yelling: “Where is Post Malone?”

And a week ago, Malone avoided injury after his Rolls-Royce was T-boned by a Kia in West Hollywood.

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Thankfully, Malone survived his Friday night set at the Grandview Stage (aka main parking lot).

Thousands were entertained by the former Texan born Austin Richard Post in Syracuse, New York. (He made his last name first and used a “rap name generator” to find “Malone.”)

Last month on Refinery 29, Sarah Midkiff wrote: “With his 2018 album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys,’ Post Malone has beat out The Beatles for most songs in the top 20 in the same week. The Beatles co-held the position with six songs, a record Malone blew past with nine.”

She asked: “All this sudden success begs the question: Is Post Malone our generation’s most iconic artist?”

Saturday, he’ll be a headliner in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Midtown Music Festival.

(On Oct. 9, he’ll learn whether he wins Favorite Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards — where he’s up for six awards — in Los Angeles.)

Across the fairgrounds on the Sunset Cliffs Stage (aka Fun Zone) came the night’s other top act — the Foo Fighters, with ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl (now lead singer) repeatedly tossing his long flowing hair when he stopped running back-and-forth across the stage.

KAABOO, in its fourth year, made its own history by selling out, for the first time, two days earlier. The festival of food, comedy, art and music continues through Sunday.

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