WORTH A LOOK?: ****
WHERE? Wembley Stadium
WHEN? 30/6, tour runs to 2/11/19
SETLIST: Get The Party Started; Beautiful Trauma; Just Like A Pill; Who Knew; Funhouse; Hustle; Secrets; Forest; Try; Just Give Me A Reason; River; Just Like A Fire; What About Us; For Now; 90 Days; Time After Time; Walk Me Home: I Am Here; F**kin’ Perfect; Raise Your Glass; Blow Me (One Last Kiss); Can We Pretend; So What; Glitter In The Air
We marvelled at the acrobatics of the cast in the Bridge Theatre’s production of `A Midsummer Night’s Dream recently but US pop star P!nk takes those skills to the next level here (see picture above).
- Read on for reasons including which Cyndi Lauper song she covers to great effect here
P!nk, real name Alecia Beth Moore, last played London in April 2013 with 4 nights at The 02 and it is a tribute to her staying power that she has graduated to stadium gigs when contemporaries like Madonna and Lady Gaga are scaling back their ambitions.
It’s the last night of Glastonbury Festival and P!nk is playing the final of 2 sell-out dates at the 80,000 capacity Wembley Stadium and our Golden Circle tickets mean we are able to arrive shortly before the US superstar takes to the stage and to enjoy a reasonable view from stage left (see picture below).
We’ve always been slightly suspicious of P!nk because, although she appears to be an authentic rock star, she co-writes rather than originates most of the material for which she is best known. She has co-writing credits on all but 1 of the 13 songs on latest and 8th studio album Hurts 2B Human which topped the UK and US charts on its April release.
However, while many of her contemporaries could be accused of occasionally lip-synching, it’s not a criticism which lands here even when P!nk literally swings from a chandelier during appropriate opener Get The Party Started.
She’s in fine voice throughout not least when she’s whizzing the length of the stadium on wires during anarchic almost show-closer So What. The stand-out cover is a slowed-down version of Cyndi Lauper’s beautiful Time After Time as she stands on the walkway within the Golden Circle in which we are standing.
The set is almost 2 hours long and is punctuated by short films with inspirational titles including Women Are Strong and My Daughter Is Beautiful. We glimpse a Bin Brexit sign during the former but it is in the latter, where P!nk rails against the classmate who criticises her daughter for her androgyny, that the show is at its most powerful.
Embrace your difference and be authentic is P!nk’s message and it has served her well. It’s a theme echoed in her best song Raise Your Glass with its chorus of: ‘So raise your glass if you are wrong,
In all the right ways, All my underdogs, We will never be never be, anything but loud And nitty gritty, dirty little freaks.’
There’s actual glitter in the air during the finale Glitter In The Air and, although we may not have been at Glastonbury, that festival’s feeling was much in evidence here as P!nk proved herself a natural future headliner for the event.