Going to a P!nk concert, you expect to hear some rocking vocals, amazing ballads, see some out of this world acrobatics and just be blown away by the concert experience in general, but nothing prepares for “The Truth About Love” tour. In her second of four shows at London’s O2 arena, P!nk, aka Alecia Moore, whipped the crowd up and took them through a journey exploring what is the real truth about love.
Since her break out hit, “There You Go” in 2000, P!nk has been an unstoppable force taking the world by storm. In her sixth world tour, and first since 2010 and the birth of her daughter, Willow, in 2011, she shows why she’s known for putting on one of the best concert’s you’re ever going to see.
Given her recent illness which forced the postponement of her second Birmingham show on Monday night (22 April), fans were wondering whether it would affect the pace and energy of her London gigs. So much so that one of the gifts that she received from the crowd over the evening was a tub of Vaporub, which P!nk admitted that sh could definitely use some of. However, full of passion, breathtaking acrobatic displays, and a great mix of classics and songs from her latest album, few fans would have left the arena disappointed. You screamed, you laughed, you cheered, you went hoarse chanting lyrics and you cried, and all that was just from the girl standing in front of me.
P!nk certainly has a diverse group of fans and the make up of the crowd definitely reflected that – there was your usual teens and early 20s fans, but what surprised me was the number of couples in their 40s and older (including a couple who had to be in their mid 40s rocking out next to me on the floor – more power to them and I hope I’m doing the same at their age). It was a predominantly female audience, with one group of girls in front of me commenting that there’s “no point looking for talent here as the only guys would be gay or dragged by the girlfriends”. What impressed me was that though everyone was singing along to the songs, you still could hear mainly P!nk and her band. If I’m paying all this money to go to a gig, I want to hear the singer sing their hits. I don’t want them to be drowned out by the crowd singing along or screaming (as I’ve experienced at other gigs).
The crowd was suitably warmed up by Churchill, an alternative band from Denver, and Ohio’s Walk the Moon. If you haven’t checked out Walk the Moon, I definitely recommend them and try and catch them in action as they rocked and certainly were the perfect lead in to P!nk.
After a half an hour break, the screens changed to “ON AIR” and cameras started following an interestingly dressed man as he worked his way through the audience, mainly harassing them such as giving a bald man a head massage before proceeding to lick his head. It turns out that this man was our MC for the night and he introduced tonight’s “game show” before searching the audience for a ‘victim’ that needs to be taught about love. Unsurprisingly, the camera lands on P!nk who is welcomed to the stage and is subsequently suspended high above it by three muscular male dancers and slingshotted around while singing a rocking version of “Raise Your Glass”. For the next 2 hours, fans were treated to P!nk at her best.
The stage was very simple – at least in terms of modern concert experiences – it consisted of five video-screens directly above it (including a massive heart-shaped screen in the middle) plus one more on each side, staircases and light posts. The screens were put to great use providing graphics for the game show, behind the scenes video of the tour preparation and rehearsal as well as clips of P!nk growing up and allowed for fun.’s frontman, Nate Ruess to join her for their duet, “Just Give Me A Reason”.
Joining her on stage was a crew of dancers, a five-piece band, two backup singers and our clown-like MC who made regular appearances allowing P!nk to catch her breath and/or have a quick costume change. While the dancing and acrobatic songs were amazing to watch, she also allowed room and time to really savour her soul-wrenching ballads - “The Great Escape” (on which she played the piano for, though claiming she was still “learning” and she made “one mistake” it was fantastic), a cover of James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain”, “Who Knew” and the family-friendly version of “F**kin’ Perfect” (her 4-year old niece was in the audience and she didn’t want to get in trouble from her mum).
However, the highlight has to be the encore of “So What”. Wearing a gold leotard and suspended on a harness, she was flung around the packed arena stopping to perform somersaults, twists and turns and engage with everyone around the arena no matter if they were on the floor or right up the back in the nose bleed section. It took your breath away and left the audience on such a high.
I have wanted to see a P!nk show for years but for a number of different reasons always seemed to miss out. I certainly wasn’t disappointed and would recommend seeing her live to anyone. Even if you are not a massive fan of her music, the sheer theatricality of her shows needs to be seen to be believed and would suck even the non-fan in.
P!nk has two more nights at the O2 this Saturday (27 April) and Sunday (28 April) before moving on to Antwerp, Belgium (30 April) to continue her European and Australian legs of the tour.
London 25 April Set List:
The Truth About Love (intro)
Raise Your Glass
Walk of Shame
Just Like a Pill
U + Ur Hand
Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
Wicked Game (Chris Issak cover)
Just Give Me A Reason
Are We All We Are
How Come You’re Not Here
Chaos & Piss (Guitar Instrumental)
The Great Escape (Acoustic)
Fire & Rain (James Taylor cover)
Most Girls / There You Go / You Make Me Sick
Slut Like You
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
True Love (Outro)