4 Avril 2018 – Pink : Beautiful Trauma World Tour – Madison Square Garden, New York
Before starting this column, I want to talk about American ticket quickly. Beyond the skyrocketing prices of tickets for the concerts here, it is often difficult to get seats for major events like this. Upon the sale, dealers (the brokers) buy bulk tickets through software for resale 3 or 4 times more than a few seconds later. It's official and authorized : there is nothing to do there 🤷.
Pour Pink, the average price was slightly lower 300 $. Non, you're not dreaming ... 😕 And as everything was sold out in seconds, we quickly ended up with tickets to the oscillating black market 400 $ and 600 $ ! And I'm not talking about seats in the stalls, reserved for packages, who easily reached 2500 $. Both say that I quickly given up on concert.
But I have not dropped! I watched the ticket to see the trend and I realized that these seats sold for high prices were not starting. A few days before the concert, there was one thousand tickets for the 2 performances at Madison Square Garden. The same day, I open all the sites that I know and I realize that the day thread, prices fall slowly but surely. In the middle of the afternoon, we begin to see places 150 $... It's always expensive, you say, but still more reasonable.
And bombshell! At the start of the evening, just hours before the show, Ticketmaster decides to sell off the remaining tickets ... These are not the best, but they must be sold! The places that were originally 300 $ pass 50 $ and packages down to 125 $. I rue my CB to nab 2 tickets to 50 $, at the side of the stage. I told myself that after all, too bad if visibility is reduced : it's now or never to have tickets at a decent price. Here's how I was able to attend the concert we'll talk about now!
I do not deny that I'm super excited 🤩 I'll see Pink at Madison Square Garden !!! Although I was hoping to get tickets at the last moment, I did not really believe. Arriving, we quickly toured the building : no huge queue as in France ... We enter, and everything is super fast, Controls are simple : emptying our pockets in a tray, it passes under the metal detector, and here we are in the lobby. There are snacks and merchandising stalls everywhere. I had planned to buy me the program, but when I saw the price (45 $), I thought it was very well behind the window 😅.
We sat and actually reduced visibility. These are places on the stage side, I do not really expected better! When I think they were sold 300 $ there are still a few days, I'm still happy with my case. Especially we are super close. The room is really nice shape. The capacity is equivalent to l’AccorHotels Arena, but it seems much smaller, almost intimate ... I think the visibility is better. It is installed, the seats are comfortable and there are even places to put his drink! DJ Kid Cut Up offers us a pretty cool 80s set before the arrival of the first part : The Bleachers, a pop-rock band that reminds me of The Killers at the time. Meanwhile, American audiences are back and forth to the food stalls to buy popcorn, pizzas, beers : they are unbearable 🤦 !
The scene is hidden behind huge pink curtains. The room goes off and a strange character appears in a ray of light. It offers us the theme of the 20th Century Fox flute as an introduction ... playing false over the market! Fortunately, that bad taste is short, the curtains fall and reveal the decoration on « Get The Party Started ». Pink is suspended from a giant pink chandelier while her dancers gesticulating few meters down with suitcases and luggage bound. On the big screen, the lobby of a hotel US appears. It is not far from l’Onyx Hotel de Britney Spears ❤.
Pink is wearing a silver suit and multiplies the acrobatics above the stage which forms of heart. The song ends with an instrumental outro and choreographed, amid pyrotechnics! Opening is perfect! I love 🤩. She followed with « Beautiful Trauma » playing with the different elements of the set straight out of a palace of the fifties. Fan outfits dancers, they are dressed in pink from head to toe! The scene sparkles in the rhythm of the music.
Pink is covered with a pink and black jacket to interpret « Just Like A Pill ». She walks to the apex of the heart, thanks to treadmills installed on the stage. Spectators standing and atmosphere full swing. She welcomes us taking care to salute the whole room. She already noticed some posters and T-shirts with his image in the public before moving on « Who Knew » after advancing. She bluntly forget the words of 2e couplet, creating a moment of hesitation before the chorus during which she asks the audience to sing in his place 😄.
A video interlude marks the end of the first table. This is an animated film with the dolls in clay which presents the theme park "Revenge Land". Bleeding hearts, s’abstenir ! The characters are literally killing the rides and always in the worst way possible : they are crushed, quartered, no really : it does not really want 😂. Pink returns with his band on « Revenge » dressed in a suit with yellow and black checks, similar to those worn by clowns in circuses. Above the stage twirling dancers with enormous heads in cardboard then appears at the bottom representing a huge Eminem puppet, featuring in the piece! The inflatable structure is driven by the band, it is at least 5 m high 😱. It's impressive! Pink is left attached to a harness and fly around the character to give him great punches.
After finishing with his acrobatics, she goes on a mashup combining « Funhouse » and « Just A Girl », reprise de No Doubt. While the screen broadcasts psychedelic images, Pink goes around the stage to present his musicians. She public approach and realize that a couple came with an infant – Americans are totally barges 😂. the kid, with only 5 month, wear a helmet on the ears and does not stumble. It still seems hyper surprise and a coward "Holy shit ». The title closes with an explosion of fireworks 🎆.
It then resumes « Smells Like Teen Spirit » to the delight of American spectators who give heart to joy. This is clearly not the best time of the concert for me 😅. She left us and gives way to a new video interlude where we see naked bodies mix. Khasan Brailsford, one of his most famous dancers, appears suspended above the stage on the introduction of title « Secrets ». It descends gently to recover Pink, now wearing a sequined bodysuit, and the 2 fly for an acrobatic duo above the public. This is one of the best moments of the show : performance is incredible! In parallel, it starts to smell weed in the room 😅.
The atmosphere changes completely when all the following interlude. It is in the forest, it's dark ... Smoke covers the scene, flower petals falling from the sky and the dancers come back dressed in dark clothing and masks of animals. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a haunted mansion. Pink and reappears wearing a cape identical with that of Little Red Riding Hood. She quickly leaves for a light black dress on the title « Try ». She followed with a ballet choreographed dancers. It seems out of breath on the verses and sings a sentence on four. His voice is completely covered by the support bands on the choruses. I take this opportunity to highlight the evening's black spot : the sound. Mixing is really bad, and apart from the ballads : one distinguishes evil voice in the middle of the orchestration and chorus. It's a shame 😔.
then one sees Nate Ruess on the screens for their duet « Just Give Me A Reason ». Meanwhile, Pink climbs a canopy bed, that flies above the public. Always in the air, she goes on « I’m Not Dead » while a veiled moon appears on the screen. I had a better recollection of the song on the disc, but I may be confusing ... I must say that I have not had time to review! While Pink is changed by dressing a long pretty ugly purple jacket, the two singers are getting into « Just Like Fire » screaming loudly : « We can get ’em running, running, running » 📢. On the scene, It's hot, because of fire geysers appear at regular intervals! This is the big show.
The following is a political interlude, and seem to please American audiences. On images of major events in recent years, Pink place a committed text for the oppressed. One recognizes a remix « What About Us » which of course opens the new table. Pink is now dressed in a crisp white dress, while her dancers, that bind the contemporary figures, wear rags. This song seems to be a hymn to the US, the audience sang the words with choir ✊ ! The troupe offers a beautiful choreography on break. It's a beautiful picture that makes sense here. I almost want to tell you about our neighbors, and their low-end perfume, but I think I'll wait for the next paragraph 🤭. This is the time of « For Now » during which one of the spectators offers a T-shirt with Pink for her daughter Willow.
Then she gets up with her band at the end of the advance for a short acoustic set that begins with « Barbies » and ends with « I Am Here » I was looking forward. This is the moment chosen by our neighbor to take part to all those who sat around us screaming their (half drunk) : « Let’s stand up and dance ! ». It is not wrong, because the song with his little country side is very nice! Seeing our craze, you even check into a proper ✋. Pink Ends piece a cappella singers with.
The continuous collaboration with «F ** kin’ Perfect », on which Pink was accompanied by her guitarist, Justin Derrico. This is not one of the most memorable moments of the evening. Suit the speech of the VMAs 2017 that made the buzz a few months ago, in which she talks about her daughter, tolerance and the fact of accepting who we are. The end of the speech is the beginning of « Raise Your Glass ». Pink comes on stage dressed in a maroon combi, leatherette : she looks like a mechanic! She presents her dancers one by one. They multiply the acrobatics beside her. The title ends in apotheosis in myriad while Pink fireworks still flew once in the air!
« Blow Me (One Last Kiss) » is clearly my favorite sequence ! Projections are super colorful, there is an old-school chorea downright fun and live arrangements are awesome ❤. The song also marks the end of the main set. After a short break, the show resumes with « So What ». What would a Pink concert without his usual aerobatic display across the room? When I watched the first show images, I said to myself : « Non, not yet! ». And seeing the making, amazed as I was the first time : I understood that this issue was crucial to the show! What is his thing 👌. And it was great as always ! I you have also reported a small sample video. She returned after a short reminder to interpret pretty « Glitter In The Air » denim fashion / sneakers and chewing gum ... At the end of the song, she squeezes a few hands and left the stage under the public acclaim.
I really had a great evening 👍. The show is superb! We take full eyes for 2 hours! It is in the same register as the previous tour : it's pop and colorful, clearly the big show in the US! There are all the usual ingredients : acrobatic performances, pyrotechnics, completely crazy costumes. Not forgetting of course the tubes : « Get The Party Started », « Just Like A Pill », « So What » to the more recent "What About Us".
The only weak point of the evening, is the sound. I do not know if it is specific to that date, but the mix was bad and the voice completely drowned in music. I think it is not a coincidence ... It allows to cover their tracks on the tremendous support of the singers during the performance. With what it gives on stage, This is understandable! Whatever, it did not spoil the fun that I had to attend this incredible evening !
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Setlist : Get The Party Started / Beautiful Trauma / Just Like A Pill / Who Knew / Revenge / Funhouse / Just A Girl / Smells Like Teen Spirit / Secrets / Try / Just Give Me A Reason / I’m Not Dead / Just Like Fire / What About Us / For Now / Barbies / I Am Here / F ** Kin’ Perfect / Raise Your Glass / Blow Me (One Last Kiss) / So What / Glitter In The Air