As Pink took the stage Friday night at the nearly sold-out Yum! Center, she proudly announced she’s the highest-selling female artist the arena has hosted so far. I’m not sure how that all shakes out, but it was a literal middle-finger flip to some of the top-selling pop stars who have stopped by Yum!, including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Pink is known for this fuck-off attitude, which she carried with her throughout the two-and-a-half-hour set of aerial acrobatics, acoustic numbers and Fly-Girls-style dance numbers.
The concert was heavy on songs off her latest album, The Truth About Love. Some of the more entertaining numbers included her reenactment of the interpretive-dance video for “Try,” her latest release, the duet with Fun’s Nate Ruess on “Just Give Me a Reason,” and my favorite off the album, “How Come You’re Not Here,” which she admitted her husband (freestyle motorcrosser Carey Hart) hated.
Pink mixed it up with top songs from her five previous albums, going all the way back to her first hit “There You Go” off her debut album Can’t Take Me Home from 2000. During one of the encore songs, she literally flew over the audience while harnessed in a suspension device, which allowed her access to all corners of the stage — from the nosebleed sections to hovering over the floor seats.
The show was presented as part circus, part circus freakshow, and an annoying ringmaster came out from time to time while Pink caught her breath. Also worth noting: Her abs nearly stole the show. She had muscle lines and core strength I never knew existed in a non-Olympian athlete.
Swedish band The Hives opened the show with feverish energy that kept anticipation high for the star of the show.