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P!NK BRINGS THE TRAUMA TO
APPLE MUSIC
10/27/17

P!nk debuted a new concert film, Beautiful Trauma: Live on Apple Music this week, showcasing music from her brand new album Beautiful Trauma with an empowering set of songs from the Ace Theatre stage in downtown Los Angeles.

Before an adoring throng of super-fans, the superstar took the stage wearing a quirky ensemble of jeans underneath a jeans skirt, with a gold bomber jacket and her hair styled in that enduring Pink-Pompadour, while rocking some gold hoops with her real name, “Alecia,” woven into the centers.

She immediately tore into a rousing performance of her smash “Fuckin Perfect,” before settling in to chat with the audience.  “Tonight might get weird,” she promised the crowd, before joking about forgetting the words to her own songs. “It’s probably gonna happen,” she mused, before kicking into a flawless rendition of the newest single “What about Us.”

Next came album tracks like “Whatever You Want,” “Revenge” (that she said she wrote in part because, “I really want a rap Grammy,”) and “Beautiful Trauma.” “I wrote that song with Jack Antonoff,” she noted afterward about the title song, “and he’s awesome, he’s a lovable human.”

The set also included “Barbies” (“Do you guys love Julia Michaels as much as I do? I wrote this with her”) and “For Now,” an  acoustic version of her smash “Who Knew,” and a mash-up of her rousing 2008 track “Funhouse” with No Doubt’s “I’m Just A Girl.”  She closed the show with “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken,” a song she originally wrote for the 2015 movie Suffragette about the early feminist movement, but in the end decided that, “the film shouldn’t have a pop song anywhere near it, so I talked the director out of using it.”  Classic P!nk. “Obviously I’m a feminist,” she added, “but I never would have attacked that subject quite like this had it not been for a movie to inspire me so I’m really grateful to that film.”

P!nk keeps it real, in her lyrics and the casual banter to her fans in between songs, which proved to be a challenge for the Apple Music censors, since her always-colorful language was on full display. It was repeatedly and notably muted by the squeaky-clean dictate of profanity on the streaming platform.

But one thing is clear about P!nk as a performer, few can match her range and vibrancy when it comes to the raw power of her voice live, and she demonstrated that ability in spades with this Apple Music piece.