Music

The Truth About P!nk

P!nk’s Truth About Love tour proves that she can do anything better than anyone else.

Pink-Tour

I was super stoked to score tickets to see Pink at the Staples Center.  Pop’s most kickass songstress  is on the road promoting her newest album, The Truth About Love.  The album includes Top 40 hits “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, “Try” and “Just Give Me A Reason”, a duet featuring Nate Ruess of FUN.

The Truth About Love tour  provides living proof that Pink can do anything.  She can sing, she can dance, she can play the drums, she can crack jokes, she can fly through the air on a trapeze.  How many Top 40 artists can claim that?

I first experienced live Pink when VH1 broadcast her 2009 Funhouse tour on Friday Night Alright.  Pink’s concert had as much production value and acrobatics as a Cirque Du Soliel show.  Only instead of foreign yodeling, I heard the always- catchy hits of America’s favorite pop tart.   Pink performs equally death- defying stunts on awards shows.  Remember this “Glitter In The Air” performance from the 2010 Grammys?  She dips herself in a pool of water and sprays droplets of awesomeness all over the audience.

To my delight, “The Truth About Love” utilized “Funhouse”’s bag of tricks.  The show began as a game show hosted by some crazy theater type dude with a name that’s impossible to remember and tufts of hair sticking out of his skull.  By mid- show, though, Pink took the stage more often than her dancers, giving insightful anecdotes and connecting with her audience.

“Alecia Moore?” she said, in response to a fan who shouted her birth name.  “You sound like my mother!”

Pink made the crowd part of her family in every way it could.  Screens showed footage of rehearsals and Pink spending time with her husband, motocross racer Cary Hart, and her baby, Willow.  “Family Portrait” featured actual family photos from Miss Moore’s childhood.  Throughout the show, Pink collected gifts from fans in the front row and made heartfelt comments about them.
“He has 50 guitars,” she said of guitarist Justin Derrico.  “Wouldn’t it be cool if I had 50 voices?  I could sing this next song like Kermit”, she said, brandishing a Kermit cap a fan had given her and singing a few bars in the frog’s voice.

Her showmanship in no way outshines her talent.  Pink can play piano, drums, guitar and bass.  In this show, she wailed on a mini drum kit while introducing her drummer.  She spun through the air in harnesses, bounced from the stage on bungee chords, contorted herself around a birdcage, and flew high above the audience for her fake finale, “So What”.  She showed off her svelte bod with graceful gymnastics and aerial acrobatics.

On top of that, Pink possesses a pair of pipes that rival Christina Aguilera’s.  To the best of my knowledge, Pink did most of her singing live, even while spinning through the air at dizzying speeds.  A pair of sultry African- American backup singers accented her vocals.  Pink’s show also features a talented cast of dancers who perform graceful vignettes during set changes.

The production includes top- notch visual effects.  Big- screen monitors showed onstage action glowing with special effects like digital glitter and slow- motion waves.  In one of my favorite numbers, Pink covered Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” while dancing/fighting/lovemaking with a trio of male dancers.  The TVs put a delay effect on the video feed, so it looked like everything was swimming through the air.

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I only had one problem with “The Truth About Love”. Because everyone in music knows sex sells, “The Truth About Love” tour felt a little too “The Truth About Lust” for me.  The segments without Pink carried a heavy sexual charge laden with revealing costumes and BDSM references. Every time Pink took the stage, the show switched gears.  Her performances felt like they came from the bottom of her heart, not the back of a props closet.  The parts with Pink and the parts without her felt a little incongruent, but all entertained.

Even though P!nk likes to cuss and drink and bite things,  her tour showed that beneath all that tough love lies a real sweetie.  I think P!nk is so good at everything she does because she’s really a good person.

Oh yes, and for the finale, she actually does dip herself in water and spin around the room.

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Official Site  including stops & ticket info

World Tour FB for updates

If you wanna follow P!nk on Twitter… I did

** UPDATE!*** 3/4/2013:  I’ve been getting a lot of people asking how long the show goes.  Not counting her opening act, the show lasted about two hours and 15 minutes.  We got to Staples Center at 8 and left at around 12:30.  It was pretty long.  Here’s the rough set list (not the same for all shows and locations):

  1. “Raise Your Glass”
  2. “Walk of Shame”
  3. “Just Like a Pill”
  4. “U + Ur Hand”
  5. “Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)”
  6. “Try”
  7. “Wicked Game”
  8. “Just Give Me a Reason”
  9. “Trouble”
  10. “Are We All We Are”
  11. “How Come You’re Not Here”
  12. “Sober”
  13. “Family Portrait”
  14. “Who Knew”
  15. “Fuckin’ Perfect”
  16. “Most Girls” / “There You Go” / “You Make Me Sick”
  17. “Slut Like You”
  18. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”

Encore

  1. “So What”
  2. “Glitter in the Air”

TOUR DATES

2/13 — Phoenix, AZ @ U.S. Airways Center
2/15 — Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
2/16 — Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
2/18 — San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
2/21 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
2/22 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
2/24 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
2/25 — Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
2/17 — Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
3/1 — Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
3/2 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
3/5 — Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/6 — Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
3/8 — Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/9 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
3/11 — Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
3/12 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
3/14 — Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
3/16 — Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
3/17 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
3/19 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
3/23 — East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
3/25 — Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum

3/27 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

3/28 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden

4/ 12 — Dublin, Ireland @ The 02 Arena

4/14 & 4/15– Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena

4/17– Paris, France @ Palais Omnisports De Paris Bercy

4/19– Amssterdam, NE @ Ziggo Dome

4/21 & 22– Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena Birmingham

4/24– London, UK @ O2 Arena

7/13, 14, 16, 17– Melbourne, AUS- Rod Laver Arena

7/19,20,11,23 — Brisbane, AUS @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

7/30, 31  and 8/2,3,6,7,9, 10– Sydney, AUS @ Sydney Entertainment Centre

8/13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23 — Melbourne AUS @ Rod Laver Arena

8/27,29,30– Brisbane AUS @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

9/2,4,5 — Sydney, AUS @ Allphones Arena

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