Pink rocks the Rod Laver Arena last night in the first of six dates.
Mixing pop, rock and success, US singer Pink is a smash hit in Australia. Last night she performed the first of six shows at Rod Laver Arena. All but two are sold out. "Thanks for coming to play with me tonight," she roared at the thousands, launching into Trouble and Just Like a Pill.
Pink is a feisty antidote to much contemporary pop, espousing a girl power that doesn't cater to male whims. Stupid Girls is a saucy distillation of her views. "Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back," she says, as Paris Hilton look-alikes mince around her and she kicks them away. This message is somewhat muddied by the mock lesbianism and bikini dancing that follow in Fingers, a song about masturbation. Who Knew and I'm Not Dead were early highlights in a show that bounced from R&B (Lady Marmalade) to a campfire singalong of Bob Marley's Redemption Song. Pink's stripped set and minimalist band lacked the spectacle of Beyonce's funk-filled Wednesday concert. But where B was polished perfection, P's show had spunk to spare.
Reviewer Daniel Ziffer (theage.com.au)