Dunedin tickled; Pink is spectacular

Pink wowed the crowd with her colourful and energetic show. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Pink wowed the crowd with her colourful and energetic show. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
One of her hit songs is Raise Your Glass, and American superstar Pink had gig-goers doing just that as she raised the roof in Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night.

From the second the songstress appeared on stage, swinging off a pink chandelier and singing Get the Party Started, the crowd responded accordingly.From the opening song to the last number, the audience was in line for a visual and audio treat.

The overall production was impressive.

Three PA stacks were spaced out along the length of the stadium, the front stage runway was a travelator and the graphics, use of video content, pyrotechnics, choreography and aerial display all added to the wow factor. There were multiple cartoon caricature costume changes for her dance troupe. And when she started to sing Revenge, a huge blow-up Eminem character, the height of the stage, was wheeled on as a nod to her collaboration with the rapper. The pop star hinted at a technical glitch saying, "Oh my goodness, there almost wasn’t an Eminem."

It was just one of the many surprises. Coming back on to stage, three songs from the end of her set, she soared over the crowd to belt out So What. She flew from one end of the stadium to the other, balancing, twirling, jumping, giving high-fives to screaming fans.

The biggest cheer of the night was saved for when her daughter Willow was called out on to the stage. The 7-year-old ran into her "mama’s" arms equipped with bright blue noise-proof headphones.

However, despite all the bling, choreography and dazzle of a big-bucks show — it didn’t take away from her unique and amazing voice.

She belted out hit after hit from her new album as well as her back catalogue, and had the crowd singing along. Pink also sang numbers from other artists’ catalogues. Gwen Stefani got an airing, and the entire audience rocked out to Nirvana’s anthem Smells Like Teen Spirit.

She may not have mentioned Dunedin by name, but the local references got the crowd going. She told the 37,000-odd-strong crowd that she’d been to the farmers’ market with her kids — where she bought flowers, pies and "really good coffee".

"It has been way too long since I have been here."

During the set, Pink pointed to the crowd and said "thank you for coming along".

Many of the audience were in no doubt thanks should also be given to the songstress who put on a blooming great show in Dunedin.


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