Wow, what more can be said about Pink’s show last night in Oakland that hasn’t been said before? It was exciting, enthralling, athletic, boisterous, but most of all, it was just bucket loads of fun. After sleeping on it, I have to agree with what most other reviewers in different cities have stated before — this is the tour to beat in 2018.
From the moment Pink entered the stage swinging on a giant chandelier, to the time she climbed up a human pyramid and balanced herself like an Olympic gymnast, the show was a perfect mix of pop, sass, glamour and Cirque du Soleil, all rolled up into one.
In case you’re wondering, the singer’s mind-blowing acrobatics aren’t something new or a gimmick, the truth is that she’s really good at it. It’s a skill that she’s learned and developed throughout her years of performing to the level that she’s now able to pull stunts that are normally reserved for circus performers.
Pulling out songs from an impressive catalog of chart-topping hits, Pink sang each with passion and charisma all the while running and floating around the set like Spiderman wearing a Ziggy Stardust outfit.
The set design was mind-boggling, at times resembling more a Hollywood set than a concert stage. During “Revenge,” a song that features a cameo from Eminem, a 40-foot blow-up doll of the rapper came out, complete with puppet-like animation and began to sing along.
She closed the show with two of the best songs from her latest Beautiful Trauma, “Raise Your Glass” and “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” then came out for an encore for her biggest single to date “So What.” The performance featured her last and most impressive acrobatic of the night, one that had the platinum blonde singer flying around the arena suspended by just a few cables like a modern-day Tinker Bell.
After last year’s moving speech at the VMAs that she dedicated to her daughter and brought tears to all in attendance, a tour like this is sure to catapult this pop star into legendary status. She’s not only a great role model but is quickly on her way to becoming a cultural icon.
Photos by Louis Raphael