Monday, Feb. 18, 2013
HP Pavilion, San Jose
Better than: Every other show on earth that doesn't involve dropping the star 50 feet from the ceiling.
Before we saw tonight's show, we thought Pink was kind of a badass. After tonight's show, not only are we positive that she's a total badass, we're pretty sure she's also part mutant (in that good, X-Men sort of way). Pink is one of the most fearless performers we've ever witnessed -- not just in terms of her trapeze artistry (which is jaw-dropping tonight), but also in her level of onstage honesty. She's the type of star who puts on a flawlessly produced show, but isn't afraid to stop it to sign someone's arm, or tell an arena full of people that she just did a front flip too fast and "puked a little." It's a truly delightful combination.
It's only a few dates into the super-elaborate "The Truth About Love" tour, but within the first 20 minutes of this thing, all we can think about is how freaking long it must have taken to put together. The stage setup is a fantastical, Moulin Rouge-esque beast of a thing, with multiple projection screens (including an amazing gigantic heart), an elevator, fireworks and flames, a couple of staircases, and about seven different trapeze systems. It also includes, as we discover during final song, "Glitter in the Air" -- where Pink perfectly re-creates her now-legendary Grammy performance -- a huge vat of water to dunk her in.
Tonight is so perfectly paced that we have zero complaints about the setlist at all, order-of-content-wise (the absence of "Get the Party Started" is a little odd, sure, but the omission was smart given how over-played that track is). Tonight Pink does pop perfectly -- she and her gang of lady dancers are clearly having a blast during "Walk This Way," "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)," and "Slut Like You." And the entire show's cast gets so raucous for pre-encore-closer, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," it prompts an infectious, arena-wide smile.
R&B has a moment with a quick medley of tracks from 2000's Can't Take Me Home album, but the rock 'n' roll rears its head, too. "Trouble," "How Come You're Not Here" and "Are We All We Are" are straightforward moments where Pink just rocks out with her band, gimmick-free (unless you think massive Slash-like guitar solos are gimmicky). There's a stripped-down portion, too, which, in its simplicity, actually offers some of the best moments of the night, musically speaking. The soulful, piano-based "Family Portrait" is a tear-jerker, and "Who Knew" is better when done with a single acoustic guitar.