Pink Goes Stunt-Crazy in San Jose, 2/18/13
|Pink in San Jose. All photos by Sugarwolf.|
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.
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.
Some stunts are safer than others. Pink opens the show with "Raise Your Glass," attached to bungee chords that repeatedly bounce her up and down between stage floor and ceiling. She does crazy rope acrobatics during "Try" that eventually turn into what can only be described as sultry dance-fighting with a male dancer (at one point he throws her around by her neck).
It's during the encore though, that Pink's physical prowess really blows your mind. She performs "So What" strapped into a circular waist harness that enables her to fly all over the arena, just 3 feet over the heads of the audience, upside down, sideways, and wherever else she feels like twisting and turning. During it all, Pink never misses a note, and it's a spectacle so joyous, most people here are either gasping with delight or giggling.
Raise Your Glass
Just Like a Pill
You And Your Hand
Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)
Just Give Me a Reason
Are We All We Are
How Come You're Not Here?
There You Go
You Make Me Sick
Slut Like You
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Glitter in the Air