PINK hit the stage with an energy and warmth that can best be described as, “connected.” With laughter and a smile that never let up she was clearly having fun, and so were her cast of musicians and dancers who animated the stage around her. The audience mused and hung onto every word, tuning in and losing themselves in the magic of the evening.
Five or six songs into the show PINK broke from her album to perform Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game to a beautiful dance piece that sent a powerful wave of emotion throughout the crowd. Her strong, sure voice and ability to inject and project tenderness, literally rocked the crowd.
From there she moved into Just Give Me a Reason, with a background video performance from original collaborator Nate Ruess. This song drew a marvelous response from the crowd and the room reverberated with hundreds of voices singing out in unison, and lit up with the multitude of phone screens trying to capture the moment.
For Sober, PINK and her dancers maneuvered around a large, spinning, skeletal orb high above the ground. The choreography was clever in that it never allowed one performer to get too far from the others, but it has to be said that this was a particularly astounding and breathtaking performance in that it was the one act that was done without safety wires.
(no photo: photographer was frozen with fear)
PINK later left the stage briefly for two female performers to dance an emotional and romantically erotic love story that hushed and enthralled the audience.
Two of the back up singers joined them on stage as PINK and Derrico started into F**kin’ Perfect. PINK finished the song and danced back stage for another costume change, leaving the back up singers and Derrico to wow the crowd.
Slut Like You blends into Blow Me (One Last Kiss). This was the only song that seemed a little out of place in the show, especially if you have seen the music video. PINK and her cast were dressed like they flew in from the 80s and were bouncing around a velvet couch reminiscent of a scene from Grease. The first half of the song was shared between several singers, and sadly went awry. They were in tune, but not in key. It wasn’t until after a short instrumental before the second half of the song that everyone got on track again. They were simply having too much fun to have noticed. That led into (you guessed it) So What.
At various times throughout the show, PINK was either spinning around upside-down, on her back, bouncing from springs, or flying and spinning across the length of the arena. She not only had the breath to sing while doing all that, but was in tune the entire time: super pipes.
For her encore, and there indeed was one, she did the entire, astounding Grammy performance of Glitter in the Air, complete with soaker tub.
So what is the truth about love? It all begins with you. PINK’s lyrics talk about loving honestly and unconditionally and making no excuses. She points out the importance of recognizing your gifts, and that if you want something badly enough, you cannot let anything keep you down: you have got to get up and Try. That’s perfect: F**kin’ Perfect in fact.