Pink 1 © Melanie Smith

Pink © Melanie Smith
P!nk – Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2019
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
June 25th 2019

American pop superstar Alecia Beth Moore AKA P!nk brought her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to a sold out Anfield Stadium. P!nk earned her reputation as a world-class performer after bursting onto the music scene in the early 2000s with a string of hit albums, the latest being the recently released ‘Hurts 2B Human’, which is her seventh studio album.

Pink 3 © Melanie Smith Arriving on stage suspended from a giant glittering chandelier, the show kicked off with P!nk singing her huge hit ‘Get the party started’ whilst carrying out aerial acrobatics; as her troupe of male and female dancers clad in hot pink outfits danced on the stage beneath her. Setting the pace for what was to be a dazzling, memorable show that would see P!nk perform twenty one songs from across her career, the crowd pleasing huge hits were included alongside tracks from the new album, in addition a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time after Time’ and ‘River’ by Bishop Briggs. The huge stage and T shaped catwalk (with travellator) would be fully utilised, into the bargain we had aerial acrobatics, costume changes galore, video interludes and pyrotechnics and more, the pace was relentless, she sounded and looked stunning and the crowd loved it.

During the third song ‘Just Like a Pill’ she received a huge roar of approval when she held aloft a Liverpool FC scarf that had been thrown onto the stage. The pace would change from big showy productions with the full support of the dancers and aerial acrobats, to her rocking out with the band and then just P!nk and her guitarist. This was a busy and varied show that really did aim to please the appreciative crowd who sang along, prompting her to say that the Liverpool crowd were the best singers she had ever heard.

At one point she climbed down off the stage to take selfies with members of the audience, paying particular attention to a couple of fans who had seen her perform 25 times. She was clearly loving every minute of the show as much as the audience were and it was a delight to see an artist interact so well with her fans and humbly thanking them and acknowledging their support.

Pink 17 © Melanie Smith

Interspersed throughout the show were several video messages where she spoke of love, human rights, women’s rights, acceptance, freedom, body positivity, politics and change as well as LGBTQ rights of which she is a huge advocate and an icon to that community, “I don’t want there to be gay marriage, I just want there to be marriage” she said. These messages were poignant, thought provoking but not preachy or contrived.

Pink 15 © Melanie Smith

Pink 14 © Melanie Smith
One of the biggest cheers of the night came after introducing the dancers; her six year old daughter then cartwheeled onto the stage and enjoyed cuddles with her Mum whilst waving at the crowd.

The show continued with more big hits, slick choreography and great vocals from P!nk who was clearly having a ball before the crowd were showered in confetti and she disappeared from the stage.

For the encore P!nk was launched high above the crowd on a bungee wire, whilst singing her signature mash hit ‘So what’ she then tumbled and danced through the air, literally flying around the Stadium. This was a breath-taking and spectacular finale to an exceptional show.

P!nk proved that she is worthy of her reputation and status and this busy, fast-paced packed show left the audience delighted. Anfield Stadium may be home to the Reds but last night it was undoubtedly P!nk.

Setlist

Get the party started
Beautiful trauma
Just like a pill
Who knew
Funhouse / Just a girl
Hustle
Secrets
Try
Just give me a reason
River
Just like fire
What about us
For now
Walk me home
Time after time
I am here
F**kin’ perfect
Raise your glass
Blow me (one last kiss)
Can we pretend
So what

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Words by Martin Mathews, you can find more at his Author profile and you can follow his tweets here

Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

7 COMMENTS

  1. Great article and info provided ahead of seeing her. I’ve read reviews by Martin before and I like his honest and positive approach to reviewing.

  2. My first ever concert, pink has been my idol since 2000 .totally amazed from beginning to end. Next time I’ll get a better seat .come back soon xx

  3. Fantastic and well written unbiased review. Martin always delivers a very detailed and eloquent review.

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