No stranger to anthemic pop ballads — “Try” and “What About Us” say hi! — P!nk is back with yet another foot-stomper that’s tailor-made for some of those aerial gymnastics routines she so adores. On Wednesday (February 20), the singer launched a new era with “Walk Me Home,” which she initially previewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a couple weeks ago.
“Walk me home in the dead of night / I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind / So say you’ll stay with me tonight / ‘Cause there is so much wrong going on outside,” she belts over heavy drums and a twangy guitar. The soaring release feels like a fitting follow-up to 2017’s “What About Us,” and in case it also sounds reminiscent of some fun. anthems, there’s good reason — it was co-written by the band’s frontman, Nate Reuss.
Just hours after dropping “Walk Me Home,” P!nk performed the tune for the first time at the 2019 BRIT Awards, where she made history as the first international artist to be honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. Her show-stopping, career-spanning medley included costume changes, dancers, waterfalls, and more, with the pop icon also performing “Just Like Fire,” “Try,” “Just Give Me a Reason,” and “What About Us.”
During her Ellen appearance, P!nk revealed that “Walk Me Home” is the first taste of her upcoming eighth studio album, Hurts 2B Human. She also mentioned that she shot a video for the single with Michael Gracie, the director of The Greatest Showman, so look out for that sure-to-be-spectacular visual feast arriving soon.
P!nk has been cemented in history!
“Extra” caught up with P!nk as she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Surrounded by her family and friends, P!nk said, “I’m not a person that can ever take the magnitude of these kinds of things, but it is truly in my heart of hearts, my parents are so proud I have both of them here and my whole family and my kids and my friends and all these people that I’ve seen at concerts for the last 15 years — it’s an absolute blessing.”
For two decades, P!nk has been blessing fans with her voice, including singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl last year. Would she ever consider performing the Super Bowl halftime show? She answered, “My Super Bowl halftime show would be pretty rad.”
The aerialist smiled, adding, “It would have to be a closed top, I think. Yeah, it’d have to be a closed top.”
Over the weekend, P!nk attended Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas show, pointing out that she could see herself doing a residency “eventually.”
As for how she is celebrating her star, P!nk commented, “My kids are sick… So I’m not… as you can see, I have a handkerchief in my pocket.”
“Extra’s” Renee Bargh spoke with P!nk at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton.
Along with growing up with Dolly’s music, P!nk revealed her favorite movie starring Dolly. While referencing a character in the film, she said, “’Steel Magnolias’ is my favorite movie ever. On my gate at my house that says Ousier Boudreaux. That’s my name that you have to press the button.”
On a chilly night at the Hollywood Palladium, hundreds of people stood waiting for P!nk to take the stage, proving that the artist still has plenty of draw after two decades of performing. P!nk began her set with the incredibly appropriate “Get the Party Started,” to which the crowd enthusiastically danced and sang along to. This was followed by another song off of her 2001 album, M!ssundaztood, and the crowd reacted just as excitedly to “Just Like a Pill.” These tracks set the tone for the rest of the show, which consisted of several of her older hit songs. She continued on to play songs from her albums Try This and I’m Not Dead, beginning with “Trouble” and before moving on to “Who Knew,” she commented about not having done a show where she wasn’t hanging upside down in while.
Before moving on to her hit single from her album Funhouse, she spoke to the audience about having recently lost someone and shared kind words about hanging in there. The mood was lightened when she forgot the lyrics but charmingly recovered and transitioned into a cover of Gwen Stefani’s “Just a Girl,” followed by introductions and solos for each band member. The visuals on the massive screen behind them were impressive and accurately matched each song. A huge contrast in visuals came with her next song, “Try,” from her album The Truth About Love, and they went away completely and left a single spotlight on P!nk as she sang “For Now” from her latest album. She was much more active, joining in with her backup dancers in perfect sync as she sang “What About Us,” another hit from Beautiful Trauma.
“Barbies” and “I Am Here” followed, and despite a few incidents of inebriated audience members spontaneously leaving the crowd, P!nk successfully held the attention with her impressive vocals. After making sure that an audience member who had a few too many was taken care of, P!nk sang “F**kin’ Perfect” and a cover of Bishop Briggs’ “River” after a quick change into a plaid shirt. Her supposed last two songs were “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and “Raise Your Glass,” but the crowd was not fooled and everyone stayed in place waiting for the inevitable encore. The older, and likely nostalgic, crowd was pleasantly surprised when she covered “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes. Her final song was “So What,” a very energetic end to the set that the band impressively extended out as the crowds poured out of the venue.
On Thursday night, P!nk roared through “Get the Party Started” — a fitting way to kick off Grammy weekend, as well as her Citi Sound Vault show at Hollywood Palladium. The Grammy-winning pop star brought her stadium tour to the 5,000-capacity venue, including her full band and backup dancers. The only thing missing? Her standard aerial act.
“I haven’t done a show not upside down for a while,” P!nk told the crowd. But in the absence of her twirling and dangling from above, the time saved allowed P!nk to pack in even more hits and covers — from 4 Non Blondes (“There’s always a song that puts you exactly back to who you were, where you were, who you were with… hopefully it’s one of my songs… for me it’s this one,” she said of “What’s Up”) to rising artist Bishop Briggs — into the set.
With her parents watching from the balcony, P!nk performed classics like “Who Knew” and “Funhouse” and also tossed in newer hits from her Grammy-nominated 2017 album Beautiful Trauma (up for best pop vocal album, against the likes of Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift) like the rallying “What About Us.” Earlier this week, P!nk announced a new upcoming album on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, though she left any hints or previews out of the show.
And during the set-ending “So What,” when P!nk declared the iconic line, “So what? I’m still a rock star” with added oomph, she made it very clear that the statement still rings true today.
Prior to her show, Citi and Live Nation debuted a pop-up shop featuring an exclusive, limited-edition Citi Sound Vault collection in black and gold. Trevor “Trouble” Andrew — the streetwear artist behind “Gucci Ghost” — designed the collection, which he says “brings Citi Sound Vault to life and enables cardmembers to take the incredible experience forward and relive it through fashion for years to come.” Proceeds from all sales will benefit Musicians on Call, a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities.
Muse and Chris Stapleton’s Citi Sound Vault shows will take place on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.