If you missed part 1, you can find it here.
After an hour or so went by, the show finally began.
The Hives were the opening band, and I can’t say I had very high expectations for them. I knew of them from when they were around a few years back and couldn’t recall liking them very much. They came out in black and white suits with top hats, and I can’t say they exactly proved me wrong. The songs weren’t amazing, but at least the band was entertaining. The lead singer was hysterical and had a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor. He kept referring to his band as “international rock sensations” and throughout the set, walked through the audience and took sips from random people’s beers.
Once they exited the stage, the buildup began for Pink, and while the audience was anxiously awaiting her arrival to the stage, an odd man started wandering through the audience with a spotlight following him, playing jokes on people sitting in the stands. It reminded me an awful lot of what it was like in Vegas during Cirque du Soleil, which we saw last year during our trip out there (we saw the Mystere show at Treasure Island), when a random cast member from the show wandered throughout the venue tapping people on the shoulder and playing practical jokes.
After a few minutes, this guy got up on the stage and began introducing Pink and the concept behind the Truth about Love tour. He explained how we’d be taking a journey through love and by the end we’d be closer to knowing what the truth about love actually is. He then began singing “Raise Your Glass” and when the chorus hit, Pink exploded out of the stage floor with fire behind her and bounced on a bungee cord, doing flips and her usual tricks.
Acrobatics were the theme of the night, as you would expect from Pink if you’ve seen her do any performances on TV for the past few years. They were very impressive! A lot of her flights through the air were very reminiscent of Cirque and I couldn’t believe she was able to sing and do these tricks at the same time.
>> Some blurry pics of Pink flying through the air
She did a good number of songs from her newest album, The Truth about Love, but also played quite a few from older albums, which I was happy about because those are the ones I know best. At one point mid-show, she even did a medley of three songs from her debut album when she had more of a hip hop and r&b vibe (remember the days of “Most Girls” and “There You Go”? She’s come such a long way since then!).
We were planning to leave one or two songs before the end of the show to beat the maddening crowds, but we were so engrossed in the performance that we missed our chance and before we knew it, the show was over. Pink put on an amazing, high energy show and she was so funny and personable during all of the breaks between songs. She’s an awesome entertainer and I would go to another one of her shows in a heartbeat.
If you could see any one person or band in concert right now, who would it be?