Last Thursday was a night that was 14 years in the making. I finally got to see one of my favourite artists perform with my best friend and my dad by my side.
Due to a wrong turn or two and a full parking lot, we were a bit late to the Pink show but luckily we only missed the majority of the opening band, The Kin and none of the important stuff. Not that The Kin isn’t important, they were actually pretty good. I could have sworn they were Australian, but turns out they are from New York, womp womp. I mean, playing a didgeridoo gives me the impression that they’d be from Australia, no? Anyways, I digress.Wait, one more random fact. The drummer for The Kin doesn’t actually use drumsticks! He had some sort of metal thing on his hand and just used his hands to beat the drums. Seriously, impressive.
The star of the show was Pink and she gave an unforgettable performance. I mean she may seem like just another pop star, but you won’t find Gaga or Spears actually singing while doing acrobatics through a stadium. Pink exploded out of the stage, belting out the first song Raise Your Glass while suspended in the air. It was like watching something out of Cirque de Soleil.
My favourite part of the show was probably the beautiful dance sequence during Try followed by a haunting cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game. I could only hope that she one day records that cover because it truly showcases her vocal talent, real vocal talent!! Of course the cover was followed up with Just Give Me a Reason with prerecorded vocals by Nate Ruess.
Showcasing more of her real talent, Pink did some drumming of her own before passing off a drumstick to the adorable little girl in the front row who very clearly stole Pink’s heart. She was precious! Pink also played piano for The Great Escape which she did without messing up for the first time ever on tour. The ballads continued with Who Knew and the ‘mom song’ F**kin’ Perfect. An interesting observation that Pink didn’t sing a single swear despite her songs being littered with them. Being a mom really changes a person.
My second favourite part of the show came with the medley of songs from her first album Can’t Take Me Home. I hadn’t heard these songs in years and was so pumped that she included Most Girls, There You Go and You Make Me Sick over some more recent singles. Unfortunately the end of the show was coming, but not without an acrobatic encore that had Pink literally flying throughout the entire arena during So What.
I’m not going to say this was the best concert I’ve ever been to, because every concert is the best in their own way. But Pink really does knock all other female pop artists out of the arena with her talent and personality. Even though the show was postponed for four months, it was worth the wait and I hope Pink will grace us with her presence again someday.