LINCOLN — Pink has to be tired after that concert.
High-flying acrobatics, dancing and a whole lot of running around filled the show, which included hits such as “Just Like a Pill” and “So What” among its 18 songs.
Pink even kicked off the show by flipping around above the stage with a trio of acrobats while suspended by bungee cords. How she was able to do that and have the breath to belt out “Raise Your Glass,” I don't know.
During “Try,” she twirled above the audience suspended by ropes and her own strength before performing some gymnast-level moves with a male dancer.
And, like a trapeze artist's finale, the show never involved a net or a harness.
It was as close to a circus as any concert I've ever seen, and it was so well done that the blonde-coiffed singer should offer it as a lesson on how to put on a pop show.
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and others have a long way to go to match Pink's level of performance.
Unfortunately, the fuchsia one played for only about 90 minutes Saturday, and I felt she could have fit in several more from her now-extensive catalog. She didn't even play “The Truth About Love,” but instead played that song over the arena's PA as an introduction to the show.
That said, she'd probably collapse from exhaustion by the end of the tour if she did much more, even if she is the most athletic singer I've ever seen.
Pink looked like she was having as much fun dancing and singing to her songs as any one of the more than 14,000 fans — a sellout crowd — who were doing the same. She even encouraged the crowd's worst dancers to give it all they had during “Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)” by doing her own worst dance moves and laughing at herself in between verses.
Her guitar-rock-based pop tunes lent to the party atmosphere, and I was happy to see she was backed by a live, seven-member rock band instead of someone queuing backing tracks from a computer.
Later in the show, Pink showed she's not all about dance-pop, a flair for the acrobatic and a notable hairdo. Though her voice was accompanied by thousands of fans screaming the words, “Just Give Me a Reason” was her best vocal performance and gave her voice room to run. (No evidence of her recent bouts with laryngitis to be found.) And she also performed “The Great Escape” solo on piano, which she described as “scary.” She pulled it off admirably, and it was an intimate moment from the singer made even more real when she messed up a lyric and then laughed it off.
Otherwise excellent, the show veered off its flight plan with every appearance from Pink's emcee, who goes by the name Rubix Von ... well... the rest of his name isn't publishable here, but let's just say his introductions were like a hypersexual Dr. Seuss, and it really didn't vibe with the rest of the well-produced show.
Fans ate up Pink's performance, and quite a few threw gifts onstage including T-shirts, underwear, stuffed animals and even a unicorn stocking cap that she wore onstage before playing an acoustic version of “Who Knew.”
Mostly young women, the audience danced all the way through to “So What,” the show's final tune that featured one final wire act that flew Pink all over the arena.
She continually repeated her thanks to the crowd for staying in it all night.
“Thank you, guys,” she said. “You guys are the best.”