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P!nk finishes 2013 by getting physical in Atlanta

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P!nk returned to Atlanta on Saturday night for a second show, seven months after her original date on “The Truth about Love” tour. The show was as theatrical and just as entertaining as the original in March. This is the last show for the tour in 2013 so you might think P!nk would want to go out on a high note; she did!

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It’s difficult to review an experience like the P!nk show. After a while superlatives like spectacular or awesome that you could use become meaningless because they just don’t adequately describe the overwhelming audio-visual extravagance that assaults your senses.

The show is awesome, it is spectacular. It is also very physical. It is almost as exhausting watching her perform live as it must be for her to do it!

To listen to P!nk’s “The Truth About Love” album on the radio or cd is to enjoy it at one level. It’s become very popular because of its’ pop beat and sometimes harder edged lyrics. The cd buying public made it P!nk’s first chart topping album in the United States and it was nominated for the grammy for best pop vocal album. The album is entertaining, P!nk’s voice is strong and the album is well produced. Overall it’s a fun listening experience.

But to be in the audience at the tour of the same name takes the album and its songs to an entirely different level. It’s no longer just a “fun listening experience” it’s way beyond that! It becomes a spectacle and, just as importantly, it becomes physical and your senses are worked out just by being there.

From the beginning of the show where a “shy” P!nk is pulled from the audience to give her perspective on the “truth about love” the audience is constantly wondering what she can do to top her latest stunt.

It doesn’t take long to get that answer, after being pulled out of the audience the next time you see her is when she is jettisoned on a bungee cord to a point forty feet in the air above the stage where she performs aerial gymnastics with three male dancers while singing “Raise your Glass”.

How does she top that? Her next aerial routine has her nimbly clambering around and through an over-sized birdcage with her own physical dexterity and strength and the strength of those same male dancers the only thing between her and dropping to the stage forty feet below.

Her voice is just as nimble as she is, switching with ease from the powerful anthems like “Trouble” or “Slut Like You” to ballads like “Just give me a reason” with Nate Reuss on the video screens or even better “The Great Escape” sung by her while she plays a piano alone on stage.

Throughout the show P!nk interacts with the audience; chatting, shaking hands, high fiving, and accepting gifts. She gave autographs to several people including one who held a sign with “sixteen shows and no signature?” on it, suggesting that if she didn’t the person with the sign might be moved to suggest that P!nk sucks; hardly likely!

Even when P!nk or the set is being changed for the next song there is no respite for the audience who are entertained by the dancers acting out vignettes or by Justin Derrico playing one of his forty eight guitars

The set ends with “Blow Me (one last kiss)” a frenetically paced version of the first and best single off the album with all the performers using an over-sized couch as a prop to somersault back and forth across the stage with P!nk right there too.

How does she top that? You find out in the encore!

Almost two hours after the “shy” P!nk is pulled from the audience she is strapped into a gyroscopic harness to fly across the entire arena singing “So What”.

It takes performer-audience interaction to new heights, literally and figuratively!

I’ve seen that piece twice and it still leaves you awestruck on a multitude of levels, not least the technology of how it’s done. The gyroscopic harness is best described as being similar to the aerial cameras at football games or tennis matches.

But the biggest question is how does she do it? At the end of an incredibly physically demanding show how does she soar, swoop, rotate and fly through the crowd all while singing one of her most rousing anthemic hits and maintaining a stunning artistic visual….there’s nowhere for her to hide as she flies to just every corner and every level of the Arena pausing for a refrain on two small platforms at the back of the house.

Simply said it’s just brilliant, magnificent entertainment!

A DVD is to be released of her live performance on this tour. Watch it on the biggest screen possible to get the best possible reproduction of the energy, and physicality of the show and hope that it can reproduce the enveloping feel of what it is like to be there.

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