Pink amazed with her daring moves at State Farm Arena on March 12, 2019. Photo: Ryan Fleisher/Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
At a sold-out State Farm Arena on Tuesday, Pink, her six-piece band and two gutsy backup singers presented nearly the same show as her April 2018 extravaganza (she was the last act to play what was then known as Philips Arena). But some things are well worth shelling out for more than once.
She sprinted through nearly 20 years of hits - from the snarly “Just Like a Pill,” to her 2017 rap collaboration with Eminem (depicted in ginormous puppet form) “Revenge,” to the most perfect of Pink songs, “Who Knew,” with its sweet pop melody that escalates into a crunchy chorus.
As she heads toward 40, Pink is in her prime. With a voice like velvet-coated leather, she fluidly zigged from the filthy flannel punk rock of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and zagged to the black lace dress intensity of “Try,” her proclamations infused with authentic emotion.
Pink's show was similar to her 2018 performance in Atlanta - but that's a good thing. Photo: Ryan Fleisher/Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The production is her own Wonderland of aerialist straps, treadmill ramps and heart-shaped stages, a place for fans to unleash their inhibitions and revel in the fortitude of those majestic pop anthems.
The only minor change to the setlist was the tradeoff of 2006’s “I’m Not Dead” for her new song, “Walk Me Home,” from her eighth album, “Hurts 2B Human,” due in April (correct – in addition to performing like a forgotten member of Cirque du Soleil and raising a family, Pink also found time to record a new album. Sure, go ahead and feel lazy.).
The marching anthem was well-received by the adoring crowd, who sang along heartily and maintained their contributions on “Just Like Fire,” which ended with a punch of gospel harmony from Pink and her backup singers.
During the latter part of the two-hour concert, Pink and four of her band members – including Justin Derrico, with whom she had a running joke all night about his guitar issues (“He has 103 guitars and he no longer knows which one is which,” she joked) – clustered at the foot of the ramp. She hopped into the crowd to give a young fan a hug and talked a bit about the early career years she lived in Atlanta (“Remember the Gold Club? That was interesting,” she said) in between belting “Barbies” and the rootsy throwdown, “I Am Here.”
Pink has a gracious rapport with her fans. Photo: Ryan Fleisher/Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Following an inspirational delivery of the radio-friendly version of “Perfect,” her heartfelt ode to self-worth, the audio of Pink’s renowned speech at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards – about explaining empowerment to her young daughter – played before the band exploded into the hymn of a million bachelorette parties, “Raise Your Glass.”
During the festive song, Pink’s 7-year-old Mini-Me, Willow, dashed onstage – protective headphones in place – and at her mom’s prompting, waved to the crowd.
Throughout the show, Pink’s glee was evident as she bopped down stairs, slid across the stage on her knees a la Bruce Springsteen in his younger years and smacked hands with fans. Her zeal was contagious, and she infused the crowd with the rare gift of making them feel special.
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