REVIEW: Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love Tour’ Sydney opening night + full set list
When you can successfully get a Mexican wave pulsing around a packed arena at least 10 times in a row with full audience participation, there’s no doubt you’ve got one amped crowd on your hands – and that’s exactly the audience that filled the Sydney Entertainment Centre yesterday for the opening night of Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love Tour’ in Sydney.
Before Pink even took the stage, her trusty tour mascot and ringmaster Rubix Von Füchenhürtz had been doing the audience rounds, licking bald men’s heads and generally being totally inappropriate –all while having the crowd in stiches and full of anticipation knowing that their idol was just minutes away.
And for one lucky punter seated in the stands this was surely a night to remember as Rubix sent the camera panning over to a very nonchalant Pink chilling casually in the audience before taking the stage – proving she’s not too big for her boots to make the day / night / life of one of her fans.
Anyone who’s been lucky enough to experience a Pink concert before knows her shows are nothing short of mind-blowing – think theatre performance meets Cirque du Soleil meets the best sing-a-long session of your life. And the 33-year-old certainly met all expectations.
After making her way from her seat in the crowd, the star disappeared for what seemed like a mere 20 seconds, before bursting out from beneath the stage and flying up into the air on a trapeze – all the while belting out a pitch perfect ‘Raise Your Glass.’
With three guitarists, a drummer, two keyboardists, two backup singers and seven dancers, the party vibes on stage were nothing short of electrifying – and there’s no denying this crew is as tight as they come.
But while Pink may have nothing but love for her band, her passion and enthusiasm for the audience was one of the stand-out parts of the show – and her acknowledgment of the crowd wasn’t just your standard ‘Thanks for coming’ type vibe. Oh no.
Pink singled out individual audience members, read out homemade signs, joked with the crowd, held hands with those lucky enough to be in the front row and even accepted gifts in the form of a fluffy backpack (for her daughter Willow) and a colourful jacket.
Having smashed onto the pop music scene back in 2000, it’s easy to forget just how many hits the star has had, but aside from playing a few lesser-known newbies from her latest record, every single tune was a crowd favourite.
For old-school Pink fans, the ‘Most Girls / There You Go / You Make Me Sick’ medley kicked the nostalgia into full swing, while slightly later tracks ‘Just Like a Pill,’ ‘U + Ur Hand,’ and ‘Sober’ were all remembered word-for-word.
Highlights of the night (of which there really were too many to choose from) included Pink’s covers of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ and an acoustic version of Cyndi Lauper’s iconic hit ‘Time After Time’; Nate Ruess appearing on screen to accompany the star for their duet ‘Just Give Me a Reason’; and every single flip, split, twirl and bend Pink managed to do hanging upside down in mid-air while singing her lungs out.
The encore was certainly one of the best moments of the night for those who weren’t seated close to the stage, as Pink was attached to bands and a harness which allowed her to literally fly across the entire floor of the arena and almost touch all four corners of the room, while singing her hit ‘So What.’
Whether you’re a diehard Pink fan or simply enjoy a good dose of pop music, this is one concert that you would never in a million years regret forking over your hard-earned cash for – a solid two-hour entertainment spectacular from whoa to go.
Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love Tour’ Sydney Opening Night Set List:
1. Raise Your Glass
2. Walk of Shame
3. Just Like a Pill
4. U + Ur Hand
5. Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
7. Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
8. Just Give Me a Reason
10. Are We All We Are
11. How Come You’re Not Here
13. The Great Escape
14. Who Knew
15. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover)
17. Most Girls / There You Go / You Make Me Sick (medley)
18. Slut Like You
19. Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
20. So What