Pop sensation Pink pulled into the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 9 during her worldwide 'Truth About Love' tour. The show was a Broadway caliber performance teeming with erotic overtones that told a story with narration by the show's emcee, Rubix. An abundance of Cirque du Soleil inspired maneuvers interspersed into the set kept fans on their toes. New Politics opened the show.
Before the show began, Rubix entertained the crowd with comedic showmanship. He pranced though the crowd, interacting with various fans that drew his attention. Spanking, teasing and tormenting ensued. Roughly 15-20 minutes passed before the lights finally dimmed and the packed Bradley Center roared to life.
"Raise Your Glass" opened the show with Pink being lifted by a bungee to the rafters by a trio of male dancers who precariously hung from a large "Truth About Love" sign. An explosion of fireworks and light coupled with athletic mid-air spins did not prohibit Pink from belting out clean vocals with precision.
Despite the high production value and heavily choreographed setting, the show did not come off as canned. Pink's charismatic stage presence and constant interaction with the crowd kept the show grounded--it was obvious she enjoys her fans as much as they love her. She would pause to sign autographs, smile to accept a stuffed animal for her daughter and offered ad lib conversation during the one or two brief moments when she needed a breather.
The stage setting included multiple tiers connected by stairs and elevators, a plethora of shaped video screens, floating cages and plenty of atmospheric street lights and stage props. A cast of dancers and her talented backing musicians ensured each moment of every number conveyed the song's emotions.
Many of Pink's hits were included on the evening. "U + Ur Hand," "Trouble" and "Sober" neatly fit into the show's theme. Recent single, "Just Give Me a Reason," featured a virtual Nate Ruess of Fun. on the large central monitor for the duet. It has been announced that they will perform the song together live during the 2014 Grammy Award show on January 26.
While the show did lean toward adult-oriented material, there were still plenty of adolescents in the crowd. Pink did her best to keep parts of the show on the cleaner side. She introduced "F***in' Perfect" by saying, "I've been told by my 3-year old that this next song is full of mom words." Pink added, "I'm classy now, I'll let you carry my f-bomb torch."
This was a performance to be experienced. Eye-popping stunts and a stellar soundtrack were only overshadowed by Pink herself. Pink is much more than a singer and this show clearly portrayed all sides of the multifaceted artist.