P!NK’s concert signature is her usage of high-wires and cables, with which she’ll propel herself into an acrobatic display as she suspends at various heights throughout the upper levels of the arena in which she is performing. For this tour, P!NK takes to the stage by way of a descending pink chandelier onto which she is hanging on as it lowers from the ceiling to the stage floor. In addition to her high-flying acrobatics, she has interpretive dancers also vaulting into the stratosphere as they hold onto pink-colored lampshades, and during ‘Just Give Me A Reason’, P!NK takes to the sky again whilst rolling around a bed that is also lifted up off the stage toward the upper level of Amway Center.
What I really enjoyed about this concert was that P!NK offered up A LOT of personal commentary and insight in between songs – fans got a very introspective glimpse into how she thought and felt about a multitude of topics. For instance, as she introduced ‘What About Us’ she said to the crowd, “I don’t want there to be gay marriage, just happy marriage,” which sent the crowd into a roar of applause. As she offered up her insights, she actually spent the time to read some of the posters her fans were waiving above their heads causing her to stop and sign autographs and even take a few selfies with many of the fortunate fans who had floor seats. She shared with us that the first concert she ever had was held in Orlando just up the road at Hard Rock.
If she wasn’t likeable enough, she was also forgivable. Within moments of her beginning ‘Barbies’ she seemingly forgot a few of the lyrics. Instead of getting rattled, she immediately owned the situation and said, “It’s a lot of words,” and laughed about it. Her fans escalated their own singing of the lyrics in order to allow for her to remember her place and get back into it.
P!NK spotted that one of the concert-goers had a rainbow flag. She quickly asked for it, wrapped it around herself, and sent the crowd into a supportive and unified frenzy. She shared a discussion she had with her daughter when the daughter was just 6 years old. The daughter said to her ‘I’m the ugliest girl in the world.’ To the shock of P!NK, her defensive maternal instincts kicked in and she made a PowerPoint montage of androgynous rock stars such as Prince, Janice Joplin, and Michael Jackson. After sharing the montage of androgynous faces, P!NK asked her daughter was she looked like, to which her daughter responded ‘beautiful.’ In just a few short moments, she encouraged the tens of thousands in attendance to be proud of who they were and to embrace everything that made them ‘different’.
P!NK’s 2018 concert is solid. Her vocal abilities continue to strengthen and improve year after year. The different stages she used were intricate and complex which – when coupled with the high-flying acrobatics of her dance team, pyrotechnics, and sophisticated light effects – could have been a show in and of themselves. Her personal commentary injected in between songs was the perfect blend of inspiration and humor.
For 2 solid hours, I was fully immersed in P!NK’s beautiful world, with the only ‘trauma’ being that the concert had to eventually end. ‘Beautiful Trauma’ is a must-attend, and we’re looking forward to seeing her the next time she comes back to central Florida!!