Perhaps South Jersey’s most-anticipated concert of the summer — OK, the year — in South Jersey is P!nk.
This pop star will take to the stage, sands and maybe even the skies of the Atlantic City beach 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. It is the first beach concert to come to the resort town this summer and P!nk’s only East Coast show in 2017. The concert will undoubtedly draw crowds, who will witness a show unlike any other.
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P!nk, known for her frequently pink-hued hair, may have mellowed when it comes to her personal life — she and her husband Carey Hart, who’ve been married for over a decade, have two small children, Willow and Jameson — but when it’s show time, even the sky isn’t the limit.
Here are five reasons we’re tickled pink about P!nk:
1. Taking to the skies
Her incredible belting voice aside, what many fans go to a P!nk concert for is the spectacle. When P!nk puts on a show, she puts on a show — no holds barred. And without holding bars — literally. Concertgoers now come to assume that P!nk will perform not merely her hits, but her Cirque du Soliel-esque acrobatics in silks, cages and rings suspended scores of feet above the stage that have her perilously spinning and twirling, all the while singing and hitting every note.
There is no roof on the beach to suspend from, but we hope that something special will be built to help her give a performance that fans have come to expect.
2. The hits just keep on coming
There are many acts who started around the early 2000s, when P!nk did, who are resting on their bubblegum-music laurels when — and if — they tour today.
Maybe you wrote her off when she first came onto the scene, thinking she was just another teen pop princess with a cutesy trademark hair color. But P!nk has consistently cranked out hit after hit in a number of genres from pop/rock (“Raise Your Glass,” “U + Ur Hand,” “Blow Me [One Last Kiss]”) to blues (“Nobody Knows”) and R&B (“There You Go”); she sings ballads (“Sober,” “Try,” “Just Give me a Reason” featuring Nate Ruess) and she’s even dabbled in country (“Setting the World on Fire” with Kenny Chesney) over the past decade-and-a-half-plus.
She’s sold over 47 million albums worldwide, including over 16 million albums in the U.S. She’s won three Grammys, a Daytime Emmy and six MTV Video Music Awards. She was also named Pop Songs Artist of the Decade by Billboard in 2009.
Her songs are danceable and highly singable. Practically any one of them will get the party started come show time— most notably, “Get the Party Started.”
3. She’s still a rock star
Despite her heart-wrenching ballads and her guest appearance in a country song, P!nk is — and always will be — a kick-ass rock star. She changed the game when she arrived amid a bevy of big-haired blondes with names like Britney and Jessica. Her raspy, powerful vocals carry weight in an era of light, simpler voices enhanced by hi-tech synthesized sounds. She has been touted the “most trailblazing artist” of this pop generation by the L.A. Times and MTV. Admittedly influenced by Madonna, P!nk has gradually reinvented herself from skater girl to biker chick to pin-up doll to today’s version — the best one of all — a strong and powerful woman, without ever losing her true self or adhering to any marketing “rules” about what she’s supposed to be.
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P!nk summed it all up in In Style magazine,:“I’m eclectic. I’m a tomboy, but I’m kind of a hippie and kind of a gangster ... I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but it is my thing.”
4. If Janis Joplin and Madonna had a baby …
… it would be P!nk. She is the best of both worlds of these musical icons.
On the Madonna side, P!nk took after her fashion sense. Her now-platinum hair has been straight, curly, spiked, pixied, pompadoured, faux-hawked, shaved, she’s even sported dreads. It’s been pink, purple, fuschia, white, brown, black, blonde and, on occasion, half-black/half-blonde.
Her edgy style has morphed from slouchy pants and sweatshirts to miniskirts and halter tops to sleek and chic, but still so sassy.
“I’d seen artists change styles and fail miserably, but I’ve also seen artists change and continue to do well,” she told the L.A. Times. “That’s why Madonna has always been an inspiration for me.”
P!nk’s whiskey-stained voice is magically reminiscent of Joplin’s soulful, signature raspy vocals. And she knows it — she’s even covered Joplin’s “Me & Bobby McGee” and “Mercedes Benz.” So identified is P!nk with Joplin, she was chosen to speak on the gone-too-soon singer in the documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue.”
“Joplin was so inspiring by singing blues music when it wasn’t culturally acceptable for white women, and she wore her heart on her sleeve,” said P!nk in the L.A. Times. “She was so witty and charming and intelligent, but she also battled an ugly-duckling syndrome.”
Like Joplin, P!nk can outsing any one of her contemporaries. Even songstress Kelly Clarkson was quoted on AXS.com saying that P!nk’s voice is “the best of our generation.”
5. She’s a local(ish) gal with a good heart
Alecia Beth Moore — aka P!nk — was born not too far outside of Philly in Doylestown, Pa., making her local — all right, local-ish. And we sure do take pride in our locals who have done good. Musical accolades aside, P!nk has become known for her activism and charity work, supporting LGBT causes and organizations such as Make a Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign, Take Back the Night and No Kid Hungry. A former spokesperson for COVERGIRL, she is still on the UNICEF team as an Ambassador.
What’s not to like about P!nk?