On a cold and rainy night in Newark, New Jersey, BLACKPINK The fans (better known as BLINKS) arrived prepared in their best clothes. Crowds poured into the arena in their pink puffer jackets and black sequined skirts, imitating the girl group’s iconic merchandise: a light stick shaped into a heart-shaped pink hammer. Even before the concert started, fans waved their BI-Ping-Bong with vigorous passion to the beat of their music videos playing on the big screens next to the stage. The exuberant energy was primed for BLACKPINK’s entrance, and the moment they took the stage, they absolutely delivered.
It was the third time that Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa took the stage at the Prudential Center this year. The first time, they released their long-awaited comeback single. “Pink Poison” and performed the song at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards in August and the group emerged victorious from the awards with many firsts. They were the first all-female K-Pop group to perform, Lisa was the first K-Pop solo act to win Best K-Pop Performance and the group was the first to win Best Metaverse Performance for Blackpink The Virtual – PUB. On the first day of their two-day stop in Newark, the “Born Pink World Tour,” the girls admitted they were shy and nervous about going on stage after not touring for three years. However, they turned up the energy on the second day to give it their all to their fans.
The foursome took the stage confidently to the beat of the first song, “How You Like that,” from their debut studio album. The album. Their ferocity never stopped as they transitioned into “Pretty Savage” with their tight and perfect choreography. When it was time to introduce themselves, they were excited to put on a great show. “It was intense yesterday, but today I feel completely blown away,” Rosé said of the crowd.
Throughout the first half of the concert, the group performed back-to-back hits like “Lovesick Girls,” “Kill This Love,” “Crazy for You” and “Playing with Fire,” which they performed with the same carefree sentiments. portrayed in the songs, but maintained a bold intensity. They launched into the sentimental “Tally” from their latest album born pink, which still upholds the strong feelings of the girls with the lyrics “Yeah I say ‘fuck’ when I’m sorry / ‘Cause no one keeps score, I do what I want with you, I like it.” The members were also joined by live band The Band Six (who also performed with YG Entertainment labelmates Big Bang) and their dedicated backup dancers for their latest single “Pink Venom.” Amid their spirited performances, the foursome weren’t afraid to give credit where credit was due. BLACKPINK made sure to keep mentioning the hard work and love that their supporters consistently showed throughout the show.
After showing off the impressive songs from their new album, each member highlighted their skills in their solo performances. Jennie began by singing her own single “Moonlight,” gracing the stage with an elegant balance of flirtation, royalty, and mystery. Next up was Rosé, who sang “On the Ground” from her solo release. -R- and wowed the crowd with the song’s feel-good versatility. Lisa perfected a combination of her incredibly viral songs “LaLisa” and “Money” by dominating the stage and showcasing her decades of dance experience and her flexible pole dancing. Lastly, Jisoo ended with a cover of Camilla Cabello’s “Liar,” which received a roar of cheers and applause from the fans in the arena.
The girls came together for a smooth rendition of the second single from born pink “Shut Down” and showed off their personalities on “Typa Girl.” During the dance example, “Ddu-Ddu-Du-Du,” they instructed their fans to point their fingers in sync with the chorus, and you can be sure the crowd echoed the vibrancy that BLACKPINK exuded at stage. They closed the set with their fan favorite song “Forever Young” but returned once again for a memorable encore. The members appeared with their own merchandise, feeling very relaxed, and showed a goofy side of themselves by being absolutely bubbly and bouncy during the last three songs.
During the climax of “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” the youngest members, Lisa and Rosé, carried their older members, Jennie and Jisoo, and ran around the extended stage laughing, much to the delight of the fans. The night finally concluded with much love from the fans, as they topped it off with “Stay” and “As If It’s Your Last” with bombastic confetti work, lots of hand hearts and salutes. The warmth and attachment between BLACKPINK and Blinks will always be sacred, and for two nights, Prudential Center glowed with pink love.
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