Concert Review: Pink

Mandalay Bay Events Center, Feb. 15

Pink’s acrobatics matched her vocal prowess on the second stop on her The Truth About Love tour. Suspended upside down, the pop diva began with “Raise Your Glass” and while singing, launched into the splits and other aerial-silk tricks as fireworks and pyrotechnics blazed around her.

The 19-song set included a smoothly juxtaposed “Most Girls”/“There You Go”/“You Make Me Sick” montage—all from her 2000 debut album Can’t Take Me Home—as well as “U + Ur Hand” and an acoustic “Who Knew” from 2006 release I’m Not Dead. Songs from her latest album, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and a virtual duet with Fun. frontman Nate Ruess on “Just Give Me a Reason,” lit up the crowd.

The multi-talented, platinum blonde with glistening abs took a drum solo during a song break, covered Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” and joined in on intricate choreography with her seven backup dancers. Never missing a note, Pink hung from a revolving metal cage high above the stage during “Sober” and soared above the crowd with an acrobatic orbital-ring around her waist, inverting to touch the hands of audience members during “So What.” Pop-surrealism and sexy scenes graced the screens, adding even more visual stimulation to the edgy performance. Rubix Von Füchenhürtz—the bizarre, thick-browed master of ceremonies—offered comic relief.

Cradled in white linen and stretched out horizontally, Pink was lifted from a pool of water and raised high into the air. Dripping-wet, she crooned “Have you ever wished for an endless night?” during “Glitter in the Air,” making for an emotional closer to the impressive show. ★★★★☆