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When Pink made her first trip to a Houston stage, she was flanked by a group of dancers and a DAT track which she sang to. She was following the path Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera had both traveled on their path to fame and musical ridicule.
Rather than suffer the fate of being a mouthpiece with no musical input for her songs, Pink took the opportunity to do things on her own terms. On her new release, Missundaztood, Pink co-wrote the majority of the songs to give herself the musical credibility her peers lack.
As the opening beats of “Get This Party Started” began, the audience was greeted with silhouettes of Pink’s backing band. As the curtain fell, Pink took the stage on the top platform in front of a faux graffiti wall with her name across it. Pink danced, smiled and played to the legion of young female fans who made their love known from the beginning.
As a tribute to her songwriting partner for Missundaztood, Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes), Pink performed “What’s Up.” Sounding identical to Perry, Pink belted out this mid-90s radio hit staying true to its original form.
One of the letdowns for the young fans who were in attendance was Pink’s disregard of tracks from her first record, Can’t Take Me Home. Though some realized the awkwardness the songs from that album would have contained after hearing full band versions of “You Make Me Sick” and “There You Go.”
To add a bit of history to the show and a local flair for those from the Houston area, Pink performed a tribute medley of Janis Joplin songs. Combined with a montage of pictures on projection screens, the young fans received a quick lesson on songs from a female rock icon, a place Pink hopes she can reach.
While the songs “My Vietnam” comes off as being childish on album, comparing a tragic war with growing up in a difficult household, the performance quality was appreciated by all. Rather than sticking to the patriotic banter people have been subjected to since 9-11, a film documenting military struggle, human rights struggles and the negative aspects of society that need changing rolled in the background as Pink was overshadowed by the message conveyed.
Pink is still growing up, as are her fans. If she wishes to stay in good graces with these growing fans, she needs to progress more everyday. She has the potential to keep growing and grasping a rock edge rather than bubble gum pop gives her a fighting chance, but the fickle teen audience is hard to please for anyone.