LAY OFF PINK
Critics wouldn’t be able to cope with her super schedule
IT’S been fascinating watching social media users become medical experts over singer Pink’s hospitalisation in Sydney this week.
“How many ‘regular people’ would actually be hospitalised with dehydration?,” one Twitter user snarkily pondered.
Judging by the unpleasant tweets that followed, this gent is not a Pink fan.
Her gastric virus does not impact him in any way.
That has not stopped him, and way too many other keyboard heroes, from kicking Pink while she’s down.
A few facts. Postponed or cancelled concerts (and Pink’s are still merely postponed) are events every tour promoter dreads. It’s always a last resort.
Artists and promoters do this for a living.
They know the repercussions — for themselves and punters.
They know people have paid for travel, accommodation, babysitters, parking and booze.
That’s why they avoid it at all costs, but sometimes the show just can’t go on.
Pink’s work ethic is second to none.
As any of the 600,000 or so people who’ve seen Pink perform a concert in Australia over the past decade knows, hers is not just any concert.
She literally swings upside down, flies over the crowd, performs many songs above the stage, not on it, and the entire show is timed with military-grade precision.
There are blasts of fire, hoists to propel her in the air, parts of the stage that open and shut, and treadmills — a potential minefield for someone not in top health.
This week, a betting company allowed (cough) fans to wager on how many more shows Pink would not perform.
The company claimed winnings could be an “insurance policy” if people lost money related to postponed shows.
Pink’s Byron Bay break last week was always scheduled. She’s been touring since March across the US and Canada.
She performed 17 shows in 25 days since between when the tour started in Perth on July 3 and the first Melbourne leg ended on July 28.
This is also the first tour Pink has conducted with two kids travelling with her.
She doesn’t have nannies, she’s a hands-on mother.
There’s a long history of female artists who’ve tapped out for a decade to enjoy motherhood — she’s a working mother.
Some idiots on social media are claiming that postponing shows or not fighting through her illness (you know, the one she was hospitalised over) demonstrates she doesn’t respect Australia, her “cash cow”, enough.
Pink is spending two months of this year touring just Australia.
And that’s a short stretch this time around.
She was based in Australia for three months on her previous tour, and closer to four months on the Funhouse tour.
A-list music artists just don’t do that. You’d have to go back to Dire Straits in 1986 to find the last time artists at the top of their game spent that long on tour Down Under.
Sure the tours make Pink millions, and she earns every dollar, but they also plough millions back into our economy.
She’s known as a “hotel filler” in the hospitality industry as people travel from regional areas to see her in the city.
And we’re now on some creepy Pink watch. Has she left hospital? When will the tour resume? What will she be like when she finally returns to the stage? How will they reschedule all the postponed dates?
Ignore the fools playing doctors and nurses online and know no professional singer postpones a show unless it’s completely necessary.
Unwell: Pink during one of her gruelling concerts.