Photography: Andrew Macpherson

Pink

Beautiful Trauma World Tour @ Anfield 25/6/19

Anfield has played host to many spectacular nights this year, so it’s fitting that Alecia Moore’s (aka PINK) long awaited return to Merseyside should take place at the home of the current European Champions. Even past legends Phil Thompson and Ian Rush are in attendance as spectators, on the night the Kop turns Pink.

When the star of the night finally makes her entrance – swinging in mid-air on a chandelier – you just know this isn’t going to be your ordinary kind of gig. Moore does not disappoint as she launches into her 2001 hit, the aptly named Get The Party Started. The tone is set and what follows is a two-hour extravaganza from a powerhouse of pop.

Since exploding on the scene in 2000, this extraordinary talent has rarely been out of the spotlight. Through marriage and motherhood she remains a major force who has lost none of her appeal or athleticism. Now 39, Pink continues to adapt and evolve and move with the times. One of the greatest acts on the planet who looks sensational and shows no signs of slowing down.

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Noted for her style, clever lyrics and amusing videos, she is still pushing the envelope. Tonight is like a rock concert, circus and Broadway musical all rolled into one, complete with dancers, effects, costume changes (I lose count after nine), pyrotechnics and aerial acrobatics.

The songs are often deeply personal, exploring themes such as separation, addiction and family break-up, whilst revealing a survivor and strong personality. It’s easy to see why she is a role model and symbol of female empowerment. The roaring crowd is treated to a glittering presentation of numbers, past and present.  Old favourites such as Just Like A Pill and Who Knew, through to the more recent offerings of Hustle, Secrets and Beautiful Trauma. There’s even a wonderful cover of Time After Time. All delivered with impeccable vocals, from the flamboyant to the intimate.

There’s also time to interact with the audience, leaping down to hug fans and pose for selfies. Gifts are thrown onto the stage: an LFC scarf, T-shirts, a toy frog and at one point Moore borrows and wears a spectator’s eye-catching hoodie.

The finale sees our star soar into the air and zoom all around Anfield stadium, almost touching the crowd, waving and spinning with an agility that would make Spiderman proud. It’s possibly the most spectacular ending to a concert you’ll ever see.

The Beautiful Trauma Tour is a memerising spectacle which delivers on every level. Anfield may be home to the Reds, but tonight is all about Pink.

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