Pink dazzles in tour closer at TD Garden

A review of Pink at the TD Garden on March 28, 2013

, Editor-in-Chief
Closing out “The Truth About Love” tour, Pink dazzled a sold out crowd at the TD Garden in Boston last Thursday with a near two-hour performance packed with hits and high-flying aerial stunts.
Pink is often stylized as P!nk and Thursday’s show proved she knows hot to put a ! into entertainment value. Opening the show with “Raise Your Glass”, the pop star soared through the air on a bungee cord. It was the first display of stunning acrobatics during a show that rivaled the choreography of Cirque du Soleil. Grounded on the stage, she continued with “Walk of Shame” before leading the crowd in a sing-along of old fan favorite “Just Like a Pill”.

The setlist comprised selections from all six of her studio albums, including six from her latest release, 2012’s The Truth About Love. Pink dazzled on a trapeze for “Try”, shined on “Just Give Me a Reason” with Nate Ruess of fun. via video and rocked out on “Are We All We Are”. In a surprising move, she also covered the Chris Isaak classic “Wicked Game”.

Along with the acrobatics, Pink’s impressive stage show features big lighting, multiple video screens, a cast of back-up dancers/acrobats, and a catwalk that surrounded a small section of general admission floor seating. It all added up to entertainment factor that the crowd ate up, though the loose storyline told by the ridiculous emcee “Rubix” was annoying set seemingly necessary for the multitude of costume and set changes.

Of course, an extravagant stage show can only carry a performer so far and to her credit, Pink – with the help of her superb backing band – made sure the music was at the forefront. This was best exemplified during a two-song acoustic set. Accompanied by just guitarist Justin Derrico, Pink delivered stellar unplugged renditions of “Who Knew” and the clean version of “Perfect” (she joked that she preferred the explicit version until she saw young kids in the crowd). The simplicity of the moment put the spotlight on Pink’s vocals, which while no Kelly Clarkson, were remarkably strong.

Reaching back to her 2000 debut album Can’t Take Home, Pink delivered a medley of its R&B inspired singles “Most Girls”, “There You Go” and “You Make Me Sick”. She returned to her new material with the risque “Slut Like You” before main-set closer “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”.

Returning for a two-song encore, Pink proved she saved her biggest theatrics for the end. She soared through the crowd (think the NFL’s skycam) starting with those seated in back of the arena in the nosebleeds, leaving fans jaw-dropped as she sang “So What”. Replicating her performance from the 2010 Grammy Awards, Pink closed the show with the pageantry of “Glitter in the Air”.

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