One of my favourite singers, Pink, is touring at the moment and I went to see her at the O2 last night. Seeing as it was such a lovely day, I decided to take the scenic route and reach the O2 via the new Emirates Air Line.
This cable car takes you across the Thames from the Royal Victoria DLR station to the O2, and the views are fabulous. When I arrived I decided to pop into Tesco for a drink, hoping to avoid the ridiculously priced wine from the bar inside the arena. Unfortunately everyone had already had the same idea, and all that was left was red wine. I quite like red wine sometimes but this stuff wasn’t particularly nice. I drank it, though. No way was I going to waste wine.
So, the concert itself – named The Truth About Love Tour after the most recent album. It was fantastic! The show began with a rather odd gent who seemed to be acting as a kind of Master of Ceremonies. He introduced Pink in a rather unexpected fashion and kept us entertained in between costume changes. Pink herself was on top form: she sang brilliantly and displayed some amazing acrobatic skills into the bargain, particularly when singing ‘Sober’ inside a large hanging cage and most impressively during the closing number ‘So What’ which saw her flying above the heads of the enraptured audience. I have so much respect for this woman: how anyone can demonstrate that amount of acrobatic activity while managing to sing live at the same time must be hugely talented and committed!
She’s a fantastic singer, though, even without the distracting acrobatic feats: some of the show’s best moments came when she sat on a stool and sang accompanied by a sole guitar or piano (the latter of which she played herself). ‘Raise Your Glass’ got the acoustic treatment and sounded brilliant, while ‘The Great Escape’ (from the new album) sounded even more gorgeous with its stripped down backing. I also loved the cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’, which was completely unexpected but suited her voice completely.
Predictably, most of the songs Pink sang came from the new album: ‘Are We All We Are’, ‘Just Give Me A Reason’, ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’, ‘Try’ (one of my favourites), ‘How Come You’re Not Here’, ‘Slut Like You’, ‘Walk of Shame’. There were some surprises too: at one point she launched into a medley of songs from her debut album – ‘Most Girls’, ‘There You Go’ and ‘You Make Me Sick’. I was pleased to see her sing ‘Trouble’, as it is one of my favourites, but gutted that once again she omitted ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’ – this is one of my favourite ever Pink songs and I’m yet to hear her perform it live.
Still, I loved the show – Pink still has what it takes, she is brilliant and frankly I don’t know why she isn’t even more popular!