After witnessing the extravaganza of a lifetime can I do P!nk justice in a written review? No, I don’t believe so, but I will give it a red hot go, sit back, relax and enjoy my snapshot of what is P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma.
The Rubens are playing to a packed house, the crowd are enjoying them but are finding it hard to look past the billowing pink curtain from ceiling to floor hanging behind them. It is a gig of a lifetime for The Rubens and they are reveling in the experience, giving us hits such as Hoops and Hallelujah in their 40-minute set. As they departed DJ Kidcutup took to the decks and gave us a kick arse set of tunes getting everyone well and truly warmed up. With Aussie flare being the flavor of the night with AC/DC, The Angels, and even Daryl Braithwaite’s Horses getting a spin. The energy was high by the end of his set and as far as DJ’s go Kidcutup had the bassline pumping and the mash-ups mixed to perfection.
MGM’s intro played (badly) by a bearded recorder player gave us all a chuckle, then Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again belted out in its entirety as we counted down to the curtain drop. The excitement was palpable, the wait was almost over and Rod Laver Arena exploded as P!nk swung onto the stage hanging from a glorious chandelier no less. Stunning in a glittering bodysuit P!nk was literally swinging from the chandelier as Get The Party Started opening the nights’ proceedings. The stage was a dazzling display of eye candy, with pink the colour of choice. Neon runways, and a supersized screen creating depth I have never seen before, the illusion was exceptionally good and made Rod Laver feel twice the size that it was. Backed by her pink-clad dancers the show took off a warp speed with acrobatics high on the agenda. Never missing a beat as she bounced, spun and even sang upside down. Beautiful Trauma was the height of elegance with P!nk gliding from lamppost to lamppost that was being ferried around the foggy floor, no stone left unturned to make this bigger and more beautiful than ever.
Costumes changes were rapid and Just Like A Pill saw P!nk brandishing a black and pink floor length jacket as she sailed along travelators that ran down the stage and into the crowd. Dancers appeared from nowhere on the runway than ran around the crowd as Who Knew was belted out. Holes opening and closing to facilitate their rapid materialization, it was quite the magic show. The Revenge Land video playing on the big screen gave us all plenty of laughs, and the larger than life Eminem inflatable that traveled down the stage during Revenge was mind-blowing. P!nk took to the sky again and gave the bag of hot air a swift kick to the head for good measure. The runways constantly changing colour and the screens awash with colourful videos it certainly was a Funhouse as P!nk did an alternative version of just that with Just A Girl mashed in between. Then a grungy cover of Nirvana’s famous Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Secrets took P!nk and one of her dancers to the sky in a stunning display of air acrobatics worthy of any Cirque du Soleil show. Her training and fitness so extensive and evident every time she took to the ropes, it was beautifully emotive and left the audience speechless. The arena turned into a fairy tale straight out of Wonderland complete with a forest and dancers dressed as animals and P!nk in a red hooded cape. Try was the song of choice and the whole scene was mesmerising, the dancers superb, and a real show stopper on every level. Just Give Me A Reason had a four poster bed flying carrying the amazing lady across the audience while her dancers twirled in the sky on lamps. I’m Not Dead, then Just Like Fire heated up the arena as flames were thrown throughout the duration, creating a fiery spectacle. Another costume
change saw a flowing white jacket and the dancers in similar costumes as the film clip for What About Us. This song was sung with passion it deserved, P!nk never wavering from her beliefs about our wonderful world. It was time to take things down a notch, as a small band were assembled on the front of the walkway to perform For Now and Barbies, P!nk took the opportunity to chat to the crowd, read signs and wave to her beloved fans, it was a lovely moment making the large venue feel almost intimate. I Am Here and F**kin Perfect opened to a lovely tribute to P!nk’s daughter Willow then another change of costume for Raise Your Glass which saw dancers flying through the air and P!nk spinning like a circus performer. It really was like the greatest circus on earth and P!nk the most beautiful of ringmasters. The crowd was pumping enjoying every second as Blow Me (One Last Kiss) saw out the set with red confetti flying and the fans screaming for just a little more. I have given nowhere near enough credit to the dancers or band in this review, they were all truly amazing, but P!nk demanded every bit of my attention so I gave it to her willingly. When introducing the band P!nk’s daughter Willow made a surprise entrance for a hug with her mum, such a lovely moment.
When you think there could nothing left in the P!nk returns fully harnessed up and takes to the roof of Rod Laver in a spectacular display of aerial acrobatics seeing her flying from pillar to post, somersaulting, hand standing and all the while singing So What, it had to be seen to be believed, so much talent in one small package. Finishing the night was Glitter In The Air, the arena a sea of phone torches, a sublime finale to a most magical evening.
While P!nk may sing So What, I’m still a Rock Star, tonight she proved she is way more than just a that, she is a mother, a believer and a most phenomenal human being.
Pink’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour will play 35 arena shows in Australia, performing to approximately 150,000 people across the 11 Melbourne shows.
Melbourne shows continue tonight at Rod Laver Arena – July 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, August 28, 29 (last night of the national tour). Pink is also still to play Sydney and Brisbane. Final tickets available at www.livenation.com.au.
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale