(PCM) As I made my way into the Wells Fargo Center for P!nk’s The Truth About Love Tour in Philadelphia, PA I could not help but notice the amazing diversity within the crowd. As far as the eye could see it was people of all ages and races proving once again the true uniting powers of music. While some activities such as the Cover Girl manicure station bordered on the girlie side of the spectrum it was still pretty cool to have some activities available for fans prior to the start of the show! My nails look awesome by the way!!
Opening band City and Colour got the show off to a start with a gorgeous blend of alt-folk rock that definitely is appealing to the masses. City and Colour is the solo project for Alexisonfire vocalist and guitarist Dallas Austin and the music is absolutely captivating. Later in the evening, Pink even shared her own little tid-bit of information about City and Colour letting the audience know that her daughter Willow was conceived while listening to some City and Colour tunes!
The time that everyone had been anxiously anticipating arrived once P!nk descended upon the stage. She has got to be one of most highly entertaining and engaging live performers, and to see this true ring mistress in hometown habitat was certainly a sight to behold! Pinks performance is no holds barred and she pulls out no stops giving the audience one of the best shows of their lifetime. I have certainly seen some spectacular stunts performed by artists on stage over the year, however nothing was as visually astonishing as witnessing Pink literally soar through the air encircling the entire arena hooked up only to a metal ring around her waist and a several cables while performing her hit “So What”. It was truly a sight to behold as she flipped and flew her way above the audience, at some points even reaching the upper levels of the arena.
Seeing Pink live is equatable to watching both a spectacular concert and attending Cirque du Soleil as it includes elements of both which are executed flawlessly. All of Pinks’ songs sounded fantastic and vocally she was right on point even as she was spinning and acrobatically flipping through their air on various apparatus all throughout the evening. That is a true statement of Pink’s skill and magnitude as a performer, as I am sure it is no easy feat to belt out a song will being swung upside by your ankles hanging 50 feet in the air over the stage. The premise of the show was that of a game show titled after Pink’s stellar latest album release “The Truth About Love”, and featured a hilarious game show host character that provided comic relief during the nearly 20 different set change/costume change interludes throughout the nearly two hour set.
There were a lot songs performed off of Pink’s “The Truth About Love” album, however she did throw in a few surprise treats with a gorgeous cover version of the Chris Issak classic “Wicked Game” and a medley of her classic songs that included hits from her debut album such as “There You Go” and “You Make Me Sick” much to the delight of the crowd. From opening the show with “Raise Your Glass” performed swinging and bouncing high above the stage on a trapeze to the closing with “Glitter In The Air” swaddled in a cloth trapeze while being dropped down into water and then spinning out over the crowd the entire production was just visually spectacular and absolutely hypnotic to watch.
There were quite a few emotional moments throughout the show as well! A few that stand-out in particular were her beautiful song “Family Portrait” that was performed with only Pink and and pianist on-stage amidst the singers own family portraits flashing on the screen and an acoustic version of “Who Knew” which Pink says is about the loss of a dear friend. Yet another moment occurred, which has since gone viral thanks to the help of fans videoing in the crowd, when Pink noticed a little girl crying in the crowd after a fight broke out amongst the adults in her area of the venue and she stopped mid-song to reprimand the adults who were fighting and then offered the little girl an adorable stuffed frog and a Rice Krispie treat saying “they fix everything”! It was a truly touching moment and prove once again that Pink is not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as a person as well. See the video below:
It is always amazing to witness an artist that is not afraid to interact with their fans and there were many times throughout the night when Pink was reaching out to touch their hands and engage with the audience. There was definitely none of the elitist attitude that can be present with some pop superstars coming from Pink and it was without a doubt refreshing to witness.
Pink urged the sold-out crowd that everyone wants to have fun, including herself, and I can say with certainty that attending Pinks’ The Truth About Love show was probably the most fun I have had at a concert in quite a long time!
There is also the good news that the fun won’t be stopping anytime soon! Due to over-whelming demand P!nk will extend her highly-acclaimed and sold out, THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE TOUR presented by COVERGIRL, to a total of 60 shows. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 30th on LiveNation.com. American Express® Cardmembers can purchase advance tickets beginning on Monday, March 25th at 10 AM local time – Friday, March 29th at 10 PM local time.
The second leg of newly announced dates will begin on October 10th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California and will make 34 stops as it works its way to the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on December 14, 2013.
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