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03.30

Mid-way through last night’s nearly two-hour concert before a capacity crowd at the Q, pop/rock singer P!nk apologized for a few “technical difficulties.” She said a bed broke, making it so she had to improvise one of her many transitions between songs.

While we did notice a brief lull at one point in the concert, if P!nk hadn’t said anything about the mishap, we really wouldn’t have realized there had been a miscue.

Given the amount of production that goes into the show, it’s any wonder more things didn’t go awry. Last night’s “technical difficulty,” however, hardly detracted from an engaging show that had all the production value of a Broadway show and the acrobatic thrills of a Cirque du Soleil performance.

The concert started with a bang as P!nk arrived via a giant chandelier that lowered her from the rafters as she sang “Get the Party Started.” She went through a series of trapeze artist-like moves before swinging down from the chandelier onto the stage. Decked out in a silver sequined body suit, P!nk gyrated with her cadre of dancers as fireworks went off and confetti sprayed all over the stage.

After an elegant rendition of “Beautiful Trauma,” the title track from her latest album, she adopted a bluesy wail for “Just Like a Pill” and then rapped her way through “Revenge,” a tune that featured a blow-up doll that subbed for rapper Eminem, who has a cameo on the studio version of the song.

With its ska-like guitar riff, “Funhouse” sounded like an ’80s tune, something P!nk exploited by slipping snippets of No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” into the song. “You have four minutes to lose your minds completely,” she said as she and her backing band launched into a rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Her voice sounded thin during the tune (all that screaming surely had something to do with it) and she let her capable backing singers bring the song to its conclusion.

After a costume change, P!nk arrived on stage wearing a red hood to sing the ballad “Try.” The set transformed into a haunted forest and looked particularly eerie under deep blue lights. P!nk introduced “I’m Not Dead,” the set’s one clunker, by asking if anyone remembered the title track from her 2006 album. The tepid response suggested it’s not one of the more popular tunes from her back catalog.

But things got back on track with “Just Like Fire,” a track that benefited from some rattling percussion and blasts of pyro, and “What About Us,” a song that was accompanied by a video that showed P!nk’s allegiance to various social causes, especially the Me Too Movement.

The diminutive singer effectively showed off her vocal abilities during a stripped down segment that featured hits such as “Barbies,” “I Am Here” and “Fuckin’ Perfect.” “Raise Your Glass” began with a simple guitar riff and vocals, but the band slowly plugged back in and capably turned the track into a righteous anthem.

While P!nk engaged in a number of acrobatic dance moves throughout the show, nothing topped her performance in “So What,” which she saved for the encore. She strapped into a donut-shaped contraption and then cables hoisted her into the air. She twirled above the audience and landed on pillars positioned near the soundboard, often doing one-armed handstands on them before flinging herself back to the stage. The stunt put the exclamation mark on a remarkable performance.

The indie pop act Bleachers opened with a 30-minute set that showed off the songwriting prowess of band leader Jack Antonoff. The guy didn’t have much stage presence, but he scored points for referencing Cleveland’s indie rock scene as he gave a shout out to clubs like the Agora and Pirates Cove during his set. The band’s driving cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” stood out as a set highlight.

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03.16

Normally when you go to a high-production pop concert, you expect to see a hefty amount of excitement, props, and dancing. What you don’t expect, though, is a nail-biter of a show. This is where P!NK truly excels.

Thursday night’s concert at the Sprint Center began with gasp-producing stunts right off the bat. A hot pink curtain dropped to reveal P!NK swinging from an enormous chandelier, one as tall as a house, suspended from the very tippy-top of that enormous venue. Descending and swaying in a head-to-toe glam rock speedsuit, she sang “Get the Party Started” while a crew of hot-pink-clad dancers awaited her below. She rarely spent any time on the ground for this number, and this would continue to be a trend throughout the rest of the night.

She continued with her recent single “Beautiful Trauma,” and the namesake for this tour. Watching her hop on and off hot-pink lamp posts while dancing along to the music felt like watching a glitzed out, silver-sequined Fred Astaire.

The rest of the night would prove to be no calmer, as she showcased every trick in the book to keep fans on the edge of their seats for the more than two-hour set. Over the top artistry, costumes, and throbbing muscles were frequent visitors to the stage. Trees rained colorful leaves all over the audience, pyro exploded in the background for “Just Like Fire,” and she took a ride over the audience in a flying four-post bed. This was one of the more particularly distressing moments for the weak at heart, as she hung over the edge without safety harnesses, serenading the crowd. In fact, her bravery and athleticism were in full force all night. You really learn to appreciate artists who don’t lip sync more when they pull out tricks like this. With every flip upsidedown as she was hoisted through the air, you could hear a little more strain in P!NK’s voice (though she hardly ever missed a note).

The dynamic show was peppered in with P!NK’s signature feminist-fueled themes. She played a montage dedicated to the “Me Too” movement (which even included recent footage of Parkland, FL, shooting survivor and activist Emma Gonzalez). “Raise Your Glass” was introduced with a sort of PowerPoint presentation on a recent conversation she had with her daughter regarding appearance. Earlier in the night, the singer known for her glamorous androgynous style (and demeanor) covered No Doubt’s “Just A Girl.” “Thanks Gwen, for writing that song,” she stated when she finished. “I wonder, if when they wrote it, they knew what it would mean for 2018.”

Her words were inspiring, and it felt like they came from a genuine place because she had the songs to back them up. P!NK has been a longtime activist, spending countless days campaigning for same-sex marriage, animal rights, and even victims of brushfires in Australia. So it’s no surprise emotions were running high within the audience. Throw in the high-intensity acrobatics that hung in the air throughout the night, and P!NK provided one of the most gripping and breathtaking pop performances you’re likely to see all year.

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03.15

Why wait?

Why wait for the encore to engage in aerial acrobatics like pop star Pink did when she performed last month at the Minneapolis Armory during Super Bowl festivities?

On Monday at the sold-out Xcel Energy Center in front of 15,000 people, Pink played her trump card on the very first song, climbing on a floating chandelier like it was a jungle gym at the playground.
What a way to get the party started on — what else? — “Get the Party Started,” her 2001 hit.

Then Pink played trump cards five more times during her 110-minute performance. She danced a lovely pas de deux with a male dancer while hanging on Cirque du Soleil-like cords. She spun in the air solo on one of those cords. Attached to a wire, she flew in the air like Peter Pan and punched a giant inflatable replica of Eminem during their duet “Revenge.”

And then there was the tour de force during, of course, the encore of “So What.” Wearing a shimmering silvery catsuit and harness, Pink soared over the entire audience, some 50 feet in the air, somersaulting and singing. At the same time.

P!nk — as she likes to stylize her name — knows how to put the exclamation point in a show. Wow!

But it wasn’t just the daring and ambitious physicality that made Pink’s one of the best pop shows on the road in this or any other recent year. At 38, she has become a better — and more ambitious — dancer since her 2013-2014 tour. More graceful, more agile, more engaged with her fellow dancers. And she lets them become interpretive dancers when they are not doing unison choreography.

Nearly every one of her 21 songs had a different stage set, and the dancers and Pink changed outfits often. But nothing was too fussy, inscrutable or weird. It was all about entertaining — from her mashup of her own “Funhouse” (about remembering when a failing relationship was a good time) and No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” to a roaring cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to Pink’s own fist-pumping anthem for freaks and underdogs (her words), “Raise Your Glass.”

Indeed, Pink comes with a message, in conversation and in song. She’s a feisty, outspoken, blue-collar mother of two from Philadelphia, married to a professional motocross driver. A perfect pop star for the Trump era, she’s a brash, unburnished, aggressive advocate for self-esteem, equal rights and self-analysis.

In her songs, she sings loud and clear about her vulnerabilities and insecurities but manages to turn things into empowering moments. In concert, she did the same, telling a story about her 6-year-old daughter complaining she was the ugliest girl in her school, too boyish looking. Mom straightened her out by showing photos of David Bowie, Prince, Janis Joplin and other rock stars. And, of course, there’s Mom, who is androgynous and selling out arenas, as she put it.

While all the aerial work is meticulously planned, Pink was very in the moment. She chatted with fans, signed autographs, cracked jokes, gave a shout-out to her Aunt Joanne and, in her usual self-deprecating way, admitted she was sick again in the Twin Cities.

On Monday at the sold-out Xcel Energy Center in front of 15,000 people, Pink played her trump card on the very first song, climbing on a floating chandelier like it was a jungle gym at the playground.

What a way to get the party started on — what else? — “Get the Party Started,” her 2001 hit.

Then Pink played trump cards five more times during her 110-minute performance. She danced a lovely pas de deux with a male dancer while hanging on Cirque du Soleil-like cords. She spun in the air solo on one of those cords. Attached to a wire, she flew in the air like Peter Pan and punched a giant inflatable replica of Eminem during their duet “Revenge.”

And then there was the tour de force during, of course, the encore of “So What.” Wearing a shimmering silvery catsuit and harness, Pink soared over the entire audience, some 50 feet in the air, somersaulting and singing. At the same time.

P!nk — as she likes to stylize her name — knows how to put the exclamation point in a show. Wow!

But it wasn’t just the daring and ambitious physicality that made Pink’s one of the best pop shows on the road in this or any other recent year. At 38, she has become a better — and more ambitious — dancer since her 2013-2014 tour. More graceful, more agile, more engaged with her fellow dancers. And she lets them become interpretive dancers when they are not doing unison choreography.
Nearly every one of her 21 songs had a different stage set, and the dancers and Pink changed outfits often. But nothing was too fussy, inscrutable or weird. It was all about entertaining — from her mashup of her own “Funhouse” (about remembering when a failing relationship was a good time) and No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” to a roaring cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to Pink’s own fist-pumping anthem for freaks and underdogs (her words), “Raise Your Glass.”

Indeed, Pink comes with a message, in conversation and in song. She’s a feisty, outspoken, blue-collar mother of two from Philadelphia, married to a professional motocross driver. A perfect pop star for the Trump era, she’s a brash, unburnished, aggressive advocate for self-esteem, equal rights and self-analysis.

In her songs, she sings loud and clear about her vulnerabilities and insecurities but manages to turn things into empowering moments. In concert, she did the same, telling a story about her 6-year-old daughter complaining she was the ugliest girl in her school, too boyish looking. Mom straightened her out by showing photos of David Bowie, Prince, Janis Joplin and other rock stars. And, of course, there’s Mom, who is androgynous and selling out arenas, as she put it.

While all the aerial work is meticulously planned, Pink was very in the moment. She chatted with fans, signed autographs, cracked jokes, gave a shout-out to her Aunt Joanne and, in her usual self-deprecating way, admitted she was sick again in the Twin Cities.

“I was sick last time I was here, which was dumb,” she announced early in the night. “Guess what? I’m sick again. I’m just gonna ignore it. If it gets to the point where I sound awful, just sing louder than I do.”

Guess what? She sounded awfully good. In concert, she is probably pop’s most believable singer. So real, so authentic. You believe she’s experienced everything she’s singing about.

Once, during her “Just Like Fire,” her voice sounded weary. But she rebounded on the ensuing “What About Us,” her recent hit that sounds like it’s about a relationship gone awry but is really about the state of the nation.

“I need to know my pain is helping your pain,” she said in an interview broadcast before the song. “I’m not afraid to be a strong woman. I feel like I have a lot of fight left in me.”

And a lot of trump cards.

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03.15

P!nk makes her 2018 debut on the weekly Hot Tours recap (see list, below) with the first reported concert from the new tour in support of Beautiful Trauma, her most recent album released last October.

The pop star kicked off the tour at the beginning of March with 48 shows on tap at 40 arenas in the U.S. and Canada through June 1. The second date on the tour — a March 3 performance at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas — lands on this tally earning the singer the No. 5 ranking with $1.6 million in sales. The attendance total reached 11,894, based on a report of box office counts from the arena.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will also travel to Australia and New Zealand following the opening jaunt in North America. P!nk will play multiple performances in nine cities during the first leg, but her Oceania run — from July 3 through Sept. 8 — will feature multiple shows in all but one of the seven markets.

P!nk last toured in 2013 and 2014 behind the September 2012 release of her album The Truth About Love. During a one-year span she headlined 142 concerts on three continents, grossing $183 million from just under two million sold tickets. Her highest gross ever was on that trek: a $29.2 million take from a whopping 18 sold out shows at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.

That 18-show engagement was not only P!nk’s top earner of all time, but it is also the highest concert gross on record at the venue, according to the Boxscore archives. It also ranks as the ninth highest grosser of all time for any solo headliner since Billboard began tracking box office counts in 1990. She is booked for a string of shows at the same Melbourne arena later this year on the Beautiful Trauma tour’s Oceania leg.

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03.04

Some artists save their show-stopping concert tricks for the middle or the end of a show, when everyone’s all warmed up and full of anticipation.

Not Pink.

At her show at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday night, the Grammy-winning artist made an entrance and then some. The giant pink curtain in front of the stage dropped, and there she was, wearing a shimmering silver bodysuit and attached to a glittery, swinging chandelier suspended above the stage. As she sang the opening song – “Get This Party Started” – she climbed and rode the chandelier and flipped and twirled around and around on bungee cords.

Pink, 38, performed in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,500 people, and it was a crowd so full of females, Intrust Bank Arena used Velcro signage to turn half the men’s restrooms into ladies’ rooms for the night.

The show was less like a concert and more like a stage production. Every song had its own gimmick, from moving set pieces to smoke to fireworks to dancers popping up from below stage. It never let up, and during the 22-song set, Pink made at least 10 costume changes.

The show was intricate and complicated, and Wichita is only the second stop on Pink’s just-launched “Beautiful Trauma” tour. It opened Thursday in Phoenix.

Among the show-stopping moments:

▪ During “Secrets,” Pink performed a circus-type acrobatics routine suspended above the stage from bungees with a male partner.

▪ As she sang “Revenge,” a song she recorded with a guest spot from rap star Eminem, a blow-up puppet as tall as the arena’s second level appeared on stage. As Pink sang, she was reattached to her bungee and ascended high enough to kick the puppet comically in the nose. “Thanks, Marshall,” she said to the puppet as it deflated at the end of the song.

▪ Even her slow songs were a production. On “Try,” the stage was transformed into a spooky forest, and dancers carrying candelabras twirled and danced about the multilevel stage. Pink appeared draped in a red cape, which she dropped to reveal a short black dress, and she performed a theatrical dance with a partner who was wearing a Gothic mask and horns. And during “Just Give Me a Reason,” Pink floated above the crowd on a giant canopy bed as her backup dancers twirled behind her attached to suspended set pieces made to look like lamps.

Later in the show, she remarked on the number of “littles” in the crowd, and even stopped to sign an autograph for one who was close to the stage.

She talked about her 6-year-old daughter, Willow, telling the audience that she just got a new tour bus and that her daughter, excited about it, said, “Mama, do I have to watch your show tonight?”

Though the concert was a fine example of a modern pop show, complete with backup singers, a violinist and 10 backup dancers – the show also included its rocking moments, including a guitar-heavy cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which had the singer banging her head and writhing on the ground like a proper rock star.

Her voice was clear, strong and always in tune, and sometimes, it was hard to imagine how she kept it up while swinging and hanging upside down.

The encore of the show was a surreal performance of “So What” that had Pink in a harness, flying all around the arena and hovering above or flying toward nearly every fan in the building. Those seated in the very back screamed as the singer flew right up to them, then she’d flip and twist over the heads of those on the floor. At one point, she was raised nearly to the arena’s roof and floated with all the spotlights pointed at just her.

Set List
“Get the Party Started”
“Beautiful Trauma”
“Just Like A Pill”
“Who Knew”
“Revenge”
“Funhouse / Just A Girl”
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana cover)
“Secrets”
“Try”
“Just Give Me a Reason”
“I’m Not Dead”
“Just Like Fire”
“What About Us?”
“For Now”
“Barbies”
“I Am Here”
“Perfect”
“Raise Your Glass”
“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”
“So What”
“Glitter in the Air”

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