I’d be remiss if I didn’t use this oft-underused space to let you know how incredibly blown away I was by Pink’s The Truth About Love show in Toronto Saturday night.
It’s been a while since the release of Pink’s latest album and her last awe-inspiring award show appearance, so while I was certainly looking forward to the show I didn’t quite go in with the excitement I soon learned the show deserved.
Pink the powerhouse kicked off the show with a high energy rendition of Raise Your Glass while dangling, spinning and ever-so-gracefully trapezing herself through the air. Needless to say, she set the bar high. And for the two hours that followed, she maintained that level of entertainment when she wasn’t raising it even further.
In sync with the theme of her latest album title The Truth About Love, the stage show was a delightful cross between carnival and burlesque. Love, hate, sex, and embracing your everything (your sexuality, your inner freak, your self) was the name of the game. Of course, Pink brought the hits from across her career — Just Like A Pill, U + UR Hand, Just Give Me a Reason. And she also rocked a selection of up-tempo on-theme faves from from TTAL, from the no-apologies anthem Slut Like You, to the tongue-in-cheek Walk of Shame.
Pink wasn’t happy to just start the show at the top, however, periodically elevating herself to the top — literally — for songs including Try. As she swung from the rafters along with her incredible dancers, they exhibited flawless, seemingly effortless strength and grace that hits home the amount of time they must train and rehearse for this show. My mouth was literally agape in awe at the ease with which she traversed a wireframe globe hanging from the ceiling during Sober. “That woman is incredible!” is all I could say or think. (The drunk mom beside us, on the other hand, went with “I fucking love that bitch!”).
Between songs Pink was all too happy to chat with fans, and accept their gifts (a giant Rice Krispies Square, many bouquets of flowers and stuffed animals). She would even grant their wishes made via signage for a kiss, or a pet of her hair. Pink was incredibly gracious, sincere, and above all seemed to be having the time of her life, which made the show nothing less than a joy to watch!
Even a fair distance from the stage, I had goosebumps as Pink slowed it down for The Great Escape and later went acoustic for Who Knew (a personal fave) and Perfect. She also nodded to her early pink-haired origins, with a medley of her first hits including There You Go and You Make Me Sick.
For her final awe-inspiring act, Pink literally flew across the Air Canada Centre while performing So What, landing on a perch right in front of us before floating over to the other side of the stadium.
After that show, I’m already counting down to the next time Pink comes to Toronto. I would go again in a second. From start to finish Pink was in every moment, committed to entertaining the packed venue and having a blast at the party herself. She commanded attention in a massive venue with her magnificent stage presence, choreography and personality, not to mention her voice. As I trekked home afterward, all I could think was “I’m so happy!” Yup, the truth about Pink is she’s the best I’ve ever seen.