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Registered: Aug 2005
My experience at Pink's show in Abu Dhabi!
Just got back from Abu Dhabi! I will try to put all this into words, so here it goes...
Pink was the final night of a 4-concert series exclusively for Formula 1 Grand Prix ticket holders. You buy an upgrade to stand in the first 1/4 of the all GA Arena.
I went to the first 3 nights and kept on studying the arena and the crowd and how fast it was filling up. Side note: seeing people scream at a silhouette of Calvin Harris was the closest thing to a real-life cult, it was almost scary. J Cole was great, Mumford & Sons were also good but the music started to blend in for me halfway through the show.
Back to Pink: I had prepared a t-shirt that said “I forget water is an option” with a wine glass, a sketch of the BT artwork and against the advice of many Pink fans, I also got a frog!
We went to queue at 2:00PM and me and my friends were first in line. The band rehearsed the entire setlist TWICE (some songs were cut short), before the security asked us to move back and the 3rd soundcheck started. I finally heard her sing live and I was shaking like a leaf, she sounded muffled but incredible (it was far away). She soundchecked almost everything she sang + Beautiful Trauma (3 times), but unfortunately that was cut out of the show.
I made friends with the security guards, event organizers, people around us, they were all lovely and were so excited that I flew there just to see her!
There was one guy who was a little too fake for me, trying to be a diva while we were all waiting patiently. It was obvious he was there just to take pics and videos for his Snapchat or something. I didn’t react until he said “I hope she sings Beautiful Drama”, so I replied with “well she only has 3 hours to re-write it for you, because right now it’s Beautiful TRAUMA”.
Anyway... When they finally opened the door, they said “no running!” and I raaaaaan like I never ran in my entire life! I’m a chubby guy, so I’m sure people in regular GA that saw me running across the field had a field day *ba dum tish*! Haha!
Dani gave me advice to stand on the right side on the inner corner of the T, and I CANNOT thank her enough! We got barricade and people kept asking if they could squeeze in and I politely would say that I’ve been waiting 17 years for this, so no!
After waiting and waiting and waiting, the band finally comes on, a little bit of Welcome To The Jungle plays before it fades out and the GTPS intro started. I was hyperventilating and shaking like crazy, because they said she might come out from the right and go up to the stage, but security was SO heavy, she wasn’t allowed anywhere near the audience.
I cannot begin to express how much I love this woman, and FINALLY seeing her live made me love her even more and more. She is gorgeous, she has a set of pipes like no other, everyone in the audience would cheer for the big notes and casual fans near me were going “holy *****! Wow!”
Then she was having technical difficulties, she couldn’t hear herself at all in her earpiece or in the monitors during What About Us and I saw her mouthing “the sound is *****” and she was furious, and the sound problems continued through Try to the point where she went down and said “you guys sing this with me since I can’t hear anything”. Of course, I knew every single word, adlib, live rendition and she spotted me. I kept singing and she kneeled down and I waved the frog at her. She signaled to throw it up and I did and she caught it!!! She just stared at me while I was tearing up and still singing and stood there for 3 seconds smiling. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!
Everything past that point was a blur because I could have fainted... She did What’s Up and sang it exactly like the IND tour (the “yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-YEAAAAH” part before the second chorus), and I was singing it back to her the same way and she smiled SO big at me!
Justin was having problems with his electric guitar at the end of the runway so Pink was trying to crack jokes while they fixed it. “what do you call a bug wearing a dress? A ladybug!” - everyone was laughing so hard and she was absolutely charming! They barely got the guitar to work and she says to Justin “don’t breathe, just move one arm so we get through the song!” Side note: he is AMAZING too! And holy crap Mark on the drums live!
During Blow Me, she saw that I was doing (what I could) of the dance bit and also looked at me, it was adorable!
Another moment that made me super happy is that I had DMed Reina and said “have a safe flight” a few days back, I shouted out her name and she recognized me, blew me a kiss and was SUCH a sweetheart!
The band, the dancers, everyone was exactly what I had hoped they would be and more. Pink has exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to see her again. I was actually really scared, but even my friends agreed it was the best show they’ve ever been to.
Finally, and this is for Dani: Jeremy... oh, Jeremy... HAHAHA!
Setlist (which I got from the sound guy!) was titled in bold “2017 SUMMER TOUR SETLIST”:
1. Get The Party Started
2. U + Ur Hand
3. Just Like A Pill
5. What About Us
7. How Come You’re Not Here
8. Funhouse/Just A Girl
9. Just Give Me A Reason
10. What’s Up
11. Who Knew (Acoustic)
12. Perfect (Acoustic)
13. Me & Bobby McGee (Acoustic)
14. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
17. Just Like Fire
18. Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
19. Raise Your Glass
20. So What
For those wondering, they had a mini merch stand, all the items are on her online store but I finally got my tiger keychain! Woohoo!
I have some pictures and videos, I will upload some for you guys.
Sorry for the long thread, but I am over the moon! Still tearing up thinking about it all. I can’t believe it happened and it’s already over... I am having Pink withdrawals already!
Her looking at me while I melt inside:
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