Swedish alt rock/garage quintet The Hives warmed up the stage, delivering a high energy 40-minute set clad in classy tuxedos. Though few in attendance seem to know who they were, they received a surprisingly warm welcome from the crowd [MORE].
Bursting onto the stage with “Raise Your Glass,” new mom Pink was not at all self-conscious about showing off her post-baby bod, and her sculpted washboard abs were just as toned as those of the parade of shirtless male dancers who joined her in feats of demanding choreography and Cirque Du Soilel-style acrobatics.
During a music video montage of clips spanning her 13-year career, she performed a mash-up of her first three charting singles, “Most Girls,” “There You Go” and “You Make Me Sick,” then dialed down the theatrics and kicked up her vocals for some slower songs. A moment of quiet striking awe fell over the crowd when she launched into a sultry cover of Chris Issac’s “Wicked Game,” the dream-like ambiance of the softening stage lights matching her low-toned raspy vocals. Then she launched into a video-screen duet with fun. frontman Nate Ruess for “Just Give Me A Reason,” belted the heart-wrenching “Family Portrait,” and followed that with an acoustic version of “Who Knew.” As the show progressed, she seemed to warm to the crowd and took a familiar, chatty tone with us, dropping a few f-bombs and discussing anything from her daughter’s bedtime to a stint working in a fast-food joint. Towards the end of the show, Pink climbed a spinning metal globe to deliver “Sober,” and it almost appeared as if she performed wires-free, floating and executing moves and somehow maintaining her vocal power all throughout.
I overheard some genuine surprise in the buzz after the show, one voice rising in an astounded, “I actually enjoyed it.” No surprise on this end — Pink delivered one hell of a fantastic performance, something we should come to expect from an artist of her caliber.
Raise Your Glass
Walk of Shame
Just Like a Pill
U + Ur Hand
Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
Just Give Me a Reason
Are We All We Are
How Come You're Not Here
Most Girls / There You Go / You Make Me Sick
Slut Like You
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Glitter in the Air
Tyler- I can't believe how talented of a writer you are. This article was beautifully…
Great interview! Give the interviewer a full time job! He's great!
The DJ was actually The Castle's very own DJ Tom Gold :)
Fabulous review Gabe! Too bad I missed it.