Steve Daly & Tracklacers have just finished working with Pink on her new album, “The Truth About Love” producing the song “Where did the beat go” with Billy Mann and Pink.
Behind the curtain three muscular men hung upside down on an ornate contraption suspended in mid-air. Pink, sustained by a bungee cord, seemingly sprung out of nowhere to sing “Raise Your Glass” as she swung up and down like a sling shot without a ball. The image was eye-popping. The crowd’s approval was deafening.
Alecia Beth Moore, better known as Pink, performed for about two hours before a sold-out audience Friday night at American Airlines Center. Opening the show were Sweden’s garage rockers the Hives who put on an energetic 40-minute set brimming with personality. Pink’s “The Truth About Love Tour” stop mixed spectacle with intimacy, naughtiness with kiss-off humor and sophisticated acrobatics with seductive dancing. It was a superstar concert with all the trappings while underscoring the deserved appeal of a performer with raw talent and an everyday approachability.
It’s easy to like Pink. Her rock-charged brand of pop-dance is radio ready, but it’s anchored in wit and grit. She’s got a pliable voice with lung power and melodic grace. She’s unbelievably taut with abs of steel and an adventurous streak. She’s got attitude, and no qualms about tossing a few expletives.
All of this makes her real even in the midst of an elaborate stage set-up that was part funhouse, sideshow and circus, as well as a slew of dancers with slickly choreographed moves and a barrage of costume changes. Pink plays the big ticket concert game without losing her inherent persona. When you have pop anthems titled “Just Like a Pill,” “U + Ur Hand” and “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” you obviously don’t take yourself too seriously. She’s even comfortable enough to line her 11 video screens with “Dork-O-Meter” pictures and call herself the queen of dorks.
But mostly Pink is an awesome performer. She defied gravity several more times including “Try” and “Sober.” Each time my concert buddy and I wondered how much of her was singing live and how much of her pipes were pre-recorded. It can’t be pitch perfect when you’re spinning and bouncing on bungee cords. But if she did use some enhancement, she’s got good reason. Pink is a natural. If this pop music thing ever dries up she’s got a second career in Cirque du Soleil.
There is no question, though, that Pink was belting on real time during the moving “Family Portrait” and “Who Knew,” the former featuring just her and a pianist while the latter consisted of her voice and an acoustic guitarist. She gave us a nod to her debut album with a medley of “Most Girls,” “There You Go” and “You Make Me Sick.” She even offered a gorgeous cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” that featured elegant choreography with three of her male dancers.
Yet Pink is all about the anthems. Sticking to much material from 2012′s The Truth About Love, the Pennsylvania native owned the platform on “We Are All We Are,” “Walk of Shame” and “How Come You’re Not Here.” This time she had feet firmly planted on the ground, proving that she could entertain situated and levitated.
Thanks @PinkBelgium for the heads up!