The Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park was packed to capacity on Saturday night as P!nk’s fans came out in force to welcome her back with open arms and big voices. The entire venue was on their feet throughout the whole hour and a half set, singing whole heartedly, sometimes almost to the point where you could bearly hear the incredible vocalist herself. Even the outside lawn area was full of people joining in with the party atmosphere.
When you hear P!nk on the radio, you can’t deny she has a great voice. However, her voice takes on a whole different life when you see her perform live. Strangely husky and soulful at the same time, the power behind it is truly second to none. Add into the mix that it remains unfaltering even when dancing, being lifted up in the air by her dance troupe, or flying through the air while twisting and turning, and you know you have something special there. She is in a class all of her own.
She was the recipient of last month’s VMA’s Video Vanguard Award and this was well deserved. Whilst there are a huge number of female vocalists in the public eye today, P!nk has always stood out by fearlessly forging her own path, and becoming a true embodiment of female empowerment. Just listen to her VMA acceptance speech for evidence of this!
Making her way to the stage via a detour through the eager audience, what better way to kick things off than with her anthemic “Get The Party Started”. This set the tone for the rest of the evening with the energy not letting up from beginning to end.
The night started off with some of her older material, such as “U + Ur Hand,” “Trouble” and “Just Like A Pill” before jumping right up to date with the current single from her upcoming album, “What About Us”. It was a night packed with hits from throughout her career, including an impressive rendition of her biggest song to date, “Just Give Me A Reason”. Particularly noteworthy, was the perfect timing of her band who never missed a beat as P!nk harmonized to Nate Ruess’ pre-recorded part of the duet.
A number of covers were also included in the set, all of which showed the diversity of that powerful voice. First up was an incredible and intricately worked mash-up of “Funhouse” with No Doubt’s “Just A Girl”. 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” is a regular staple to P!nk’s live shows. It’s a song which struck a strong cord for a young Alicia Moore, and eventually led to her seeking out Linda Perry to help her pen some of her earlier material. It’s nice to see songs that have such a personal resonance and history being included.
The acoustic section of the night was a particular highlight. Half way through the show, P!nk is known for getting the stools out, and sitting front and center with Justin and his acoustic guitar for stripped back versions of her songs. This section not only demonstrates her voice to its fullest capacity but also puts the spotlight on the chemistry between the singer and her guitarist who she has “stolen back from The Voice.” “Who Knew” and a family-friendly version of “Perfect” saw the entire Tinley Park audience sing along with every word and high note with incredible might. Joan Baez’s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” stole the award for best acoustic song of the night with, the band bursting to life throughout the rockier sections.
Ending the night as it began, with one of her punchy anthems, P!nk took to the skies as she twisted and turned above the audience to round out the show with “So What”, all the while hitting every note (seemingly as effortlessly as when she was singing whilst sitting down).
It has to be said that P!nk’s live show benefits massively from having a band and dancers most of whom have now been with her through numerous tours and are extremely talented in their own right. There is a real feeling of the performers on the stage being a real band of sisters and brothers. Indeed, whilst P!nk is clearly the draw and her vocals and dancing are at the forefront, her live performances tend to feel more like going to see a group as opposed to a solo artist.
With the new album being released in just over a month, it surely won’t be long before the songstress is back with a full tour to showcase the new material. If this was just the taster, we can’t wait to see what is hopefully just around the corner.
Event Date: 09-SEP-2017