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02 August 2009 @ 04:11 pm
Girlcrushing on Pink  
The P!nk concert! It was actually her 39th on tour, I believe--she's sold out stadiums around the country for months. To be honest, not being exactly hip with mainstream music, I hadn't realised that Pink is bigger in Australia than in any other country. But apparently so. We are NUTS for her. Her singles top the charts here all the time--way more than in the States. And I guess that's why she's practically been living here for the last year or so, while she tours.

Anyway, I'm not really a stadium concert kind of girl (or rarely) so despite thinking she's the most awesome mainstream female artist out there, I hadn't got off my ass to get tickets until work colleagues mentioned that they had the chance to get really good seats. And I went 'what the hell? Sign me up!'

OMG, why did I wait SO DAMN LONG! I could have gone to 10 of her concerts by now! After last night I feel like I might do that... I've become instantly uber-fannish about her. Live she has this insanely warm charisma, that was far more than I expected, and her stage act, well...

Firstly there were about 10 different costume changes and as many changes in mood. Yet the whole concert felt like a coherent work, linked by the circus theme of course.

The stage was built in a T-shape, and there was a general admission area around the stage, but we were in the very front row, right at the end of the stage, which put us a few metres from her for a lot of the concert, and gave us a very comfortable way of viewing the aerials without neck-strain!

The entire atmosphere was so upbeat and fun. People from all walks of life were there--families with kids and grandparents, alternative/indie kids, big groups of friends, and lots of people dressed up, either in pink (e.g. pink wigs, feather boas or clothing), as Pink, or just for the heck of it (fairy wings). I'd say the audience was skewed towards women (lots of young girls too) but there were also heaps of guys, and definitely a gay & lesbian following as well.

Before the concert there were Mexican waves going round the arena, and camera crews picking out people in the audience to put on screen.

The concert opened with video footage of Pink climbing on a motorbike for 'Highway to Hell' before the little (she's so adorably teeny!) ball of energy herself was lifted out of a trapdoor on the stage in front of us on wires above the audience.

Ok, pics! I've borrowed photos (both official and taken by fans) from www.pinkspage.com for this review. My camera shots are mainly dodgy as I was too busy squealing excitedly. Here's a couple of my own pics to begin:

My best shot of an aerial (most of the time I was too awestruck to even try):

Further down the stage:

This little boy behind us had a really big night! Pink saw his sign which read 'Marry me!' and said she would. Later she asked him how it was going and he said he had something for her so she climbed down off the stage and got his gift (a ring, we hear!) and he got a cuddle. Very cute.

So here are some of the official shots. You can see how many costume changes there were!

How can she sing while doing that!?! (She made some jokes about 'lip synching'--that's just totally not her!)

Some of the content wasn't entirely appropriate for 8 year olds but here's hoping it went over their heads. ;)

So pretty, OMG!

Check out her stomach! *blinks* It was mesmerisingly muscled. It seems to me like she has a perfect martial artist's physique (or at least for tae kwon do). Her fitness level must be insane.

And again with the stomach... also look how pretty! and how caught up in the emotion she is. I was really impressed with her ability to shift emotional tone throughout the concert.

The concert managed to capture the poignancy and wistfulness of the circus in moments like this.

The final act totally blew my mind. It started with four dancers hanging from red draps being lowered to the stage as Pink strode out in a long black cape.

Then Pink herself was raised up in it, while singing. Her leotard was mainly nude or see through but with silver stripes running around her.

You can kind of see here (as she sings):

The most amazing part was that they lowered her into the stage, immersed her in water and then raised her again so that water droplets fell from her over the audience as she spun. This was to 'Glitter in the Air'--a song I'd never even much liked, but it brought me to tears with the imaginative beauty in concert.

If you can overlook the watermark, this gives you the best idea of how it looked in person:

As you'd expect, she sang just about everything from Funhouse, and also older classics like 'Just Like a Pill' 'Get the Party Started', 'Who Knew' and 'Trouble'. She also sang a number of covers including 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (yuh, she's one of the only people in the world who can pull that off that!), a verrry cool version of 'I touch myself' (on a red sofa with hands coming up out of it to touch her) and 'Crazy' by Gnarls Barkly.

She chatted really naturally, and it really felt like was at home in Australia in front of the crowd. She talked about going to the footy the night before and about accidentally spoiling people via Twitter for the result. She said 'I'm a loud person, I was born that way' (love) and nattered during quiet acoustic songs after promising to be quiet. She put a massive grin on my face and her star quality was awesome, but I also came away feeling that if I ever met her I'd be totally comfortable talking to her because she's a really nice person and treats people like equals. Her warmth with her dancers, musicians and trapeze artists was totally genuine. Yeah, she's the star, but there was way more of an atmosphere of 'come on, let's all have a great time together! I want to share this night with you!' It rocked.

I've saved this (fan-taken) shot for last as it is my favourite. It shows her warmth, cuteness, prettyness and killer biceps.

Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Everywhere and Nowhereallzugern on August 2nd, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
I *love* Pink! Her voice is awesome and I think she's extremely under rated in the US. I also really dig the person she seems to be (considering I don't actually know her personally, it's what I've surmised from her interviews and the messages she sends in her Music videos).

I'm glad you had an awesome experience, but with Pink, how could it be anything else??
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I realise now that she is totally underappreciated in the States. I'd assumed she was their biggest star! But apparently she sells way better here and in Europe.

She's been in the media so much here while on tour, she's kind of part of the Australian scene at the moment, and she definitely comes across as very down to earth, with understated humour and a lot of warmth to her personality.
bofoddity on August 2nd, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
That looks and sounds like an awesome concert! I like her music a lot, and it seems like she's great as a person too (and so very hot too; I want those arms!), so I'm envious here! I'll be keeping my eye open for leaked concert bits, her version of Bohemian Rhapsody sounds like something I'd especially like to see.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair yelloqbop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
Do, do! I have Bohemian Rhapsody on dodgy mobile phone footage if you're interested. I mean REALLY dodgy footage-wise but the sound's not too bad. I could email it?
bofoddity on August 3rd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
If you could that would be great, thank you so much! ♥♥♥ I'm at Gmail as my LJ-self.
The First Evilasta77 on August 2nd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
It looks like an amazing show and something more suited for Broadway or Vegas than a concert tour. Applauds her showwomanship. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bellydancebop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, she's such an entertainer, in the all-round sense of the world.
daybreak777: daybreak mountains-no namedaybreak777 on August 2nd, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Wow! That was really a show. Aerials and she sang too! And she looks so strong and flexible. Go ahead, fangirl her! She looks like she totally deserves it!

You totally have to see her in concert again. You sound like you had a blast. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Batgirlbop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Extremely strong, extremely flexible, extremely awesome! She's such a kickass role model for women, I swear.
Call Me OneTrack: Sep at Birth 2callmeonetrack on August 2nd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Aw now I'm even MORE excited for the show in October. YAY! Can't wait!

Excited for dualbunny's I'm Not Dead too! When is Vividcon again?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Batmanbop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
I knoooooooow! It's my most anticipated vid of the year! :D VVC is on weekend of 14th.

You will love the Pink concert, definitely.
thrace_adama: take some pretty picturesthrace_adama on August 2nd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, NEAT. Glad you had such a good time! I've never been a *huge* fan of P!nk's music, but I do love some of her songs and also her attitude. And now I really want to see her in concert, 'cause that definitely sounds like one hell of a show.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
I realised it didn't really matter how much you liked her music... it was still a terrific performance. If I'd known I'd have dragged along a lot more people who quite like a few songs and like her overall strong-girl vibe.
serenography: LoisExpserenography on August 2nd, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Every single person I know who saw her the last time she came here on tour absolutely RAVED about her. My daughter and I both love all her music and would love to see her in concert. I love your description or how fun and amazing this tour is.

Omg, her body... *wants*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, I am RAVING! :D She gave me such a high! There were heaps of mums and daughters (of all ages) in the audience--I think it would be great to go to together. In general it made a terrific 'girls night out'.

Her body is INSANE!
Talitha: ingrid_m Mr. Bubbletalitha78 on August 2nd, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, that looks like a hell of a show--the kind where you definitely feel you got your money's worth. I'm glad you had a wonderful time.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
So worthwhile!! \o/ I was just grinning the whole time.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bellydancebop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
The eight year old beside me was very self-contained. Hard to tell what exactly she took in!
chatchien: butterflies hatchatchien on August 2nd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
It was mesmerisingly muscled. It seems to me like she has a perfect martial artist's physique (or at least for tae kwon do). Her fitness level must be insane.

I think that I read that she was a gymnast (and a pretty good one) when she was growing up. She didn't quite have the success in that field (US team), so she concentrated on her music.

It looks like Pink gives as good a show as Bette Midler. I went to a Bette Midler show a few years back, and it was so good that that's the one I compare all the others to.

Thanks for sharing your pics and comments.

Edited at 2009-08-02 06:59 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bellydancebop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I could definitely believe she'd been a gymnast with that body!
dianora: kellydianora2 on August 2nd, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Very cool. I'm a lowercase "f" fan of hers, but would love to see her live. She is awesome.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
She's definitely one of those people who you know will put on a fabulous show, even if you're not the biggest fan. A true entertainer!
Dualbunny: Squee! Kaylee - thesuthernangeldualbunny on August 3rd, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Yay, picspam! Even without having that wonderful experience it's kinda hard to not fall for her. ;D I bought the DVD of her last CD tour and it was *amazing*. I'm hoping they get one of those out for Funhouse too, so I can enjoy vicariously. *G*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on August 3rd, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
It's very hard not to fall. *nods* I am TOTALLY buying any concert DVDs now. *nods* I pretty much want to devour everything Pink-related! SO squeeful!

(Can't wait for your vid either!)
redteekalredteekal on August 6th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
YAYS!!! Just foundout I've got a ticket to see Pink at Burswood dome Saturday night woohoo! Can't wait and your post has just made me even more excited for it....maybe I'll try and get some pics:)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on August 6th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
OMG! YAY! You'll have a BALL. It's hard work catching everything that goes on in parts of it--she has so much going on on stage, but that means it's perfect entertainment. I nicked some audio as well and have been playing it to myself and reliving it.
indigo419: Katee Burn by kidblink83indigo419 on September 12th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
OMG. Taragel linked me to your post as I missed it the first time around! So excited as we are seeing her later this month. The show looks incredible and Pink looks stunning. Love that shot of her in the red sparkly outfit. I want that stomach! And the biceps!! Gah. Thanks for the sneak preview!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Roslin Kara yaybop_radar on September 13th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Oh, YAY! You will have a ball! :) She's such a ray of sunshine.