“I can’t believe tonight is actually here,” Pink exclaimed to Phoenix’s sold out Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 1. With laughter and excitement she added, “Just like you, I have no idea what’s going to happen.”
This first date of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour was filled with the expected and unexpected. In typical fashion, she performed with furor and ardor. And while promoting her newest album, Beautiful Trauma, she took the opportunity to turn her platform into the ultimate self-love tour through video and performance.
She set the tone early in the show. As the lights dimmed, the fiercely pink curtain dropped, and Pink arrived to the stage suspended from a pink and crystal chandelier for the 2001 hit “Get the Party Started.”
She did, indeed.
The show was laden with hits like “Just Like a Pill,” during which she channeled Ziggy Stardust with her silver sequin jumpsuit and matching stilettos boots. Crawling on the conveyor belt, which ran through the pit, she stopped midway and took a moment to interact with the crowd. Throughout the extravagant show, Pink proved she appreciates her fans and her musicians. Pausing between “For Now” and “Barbies,” she walked the length of the lit-up pink V-shaped stage to respond to posters and to joke with fans. She called her band and dancers “family” as she introduced them.
“We put the laughter in manslaughter,” said a character in the demented claymation commercial for “Revenge Land,” which was aired on a video screen. An eerie advertisement for a fictitious carnival promoting revenge tactics, set the stage for a playful performance of “Revenge,” featuring Eminem. The crowd roared as a giant inflatable Eminem replica “performed” the rap hook.
With special nods to Nirvana and No Doubt, Pink performed the two acts’ hits—“Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Just a Girl.” Swinging her arms with a grin from cheek to cheek, she skipped across the stage and rolled on the ground. Pink exuded an enviable energy.
As the set progressed, the self-proclaimed feminist took time during her 105-minute set to promote the importance of confidence and unity. Illustrating the cause in a way that made it less politics and more harmonious, a video collage showed clips from past interviews during which she spoke about wanting to motivate others and identifying with those who have struggled. “ I want to have faith in our world,” she said. Voicing over the collage of photos featuring one love and strength, she said, “I don’t want gay marriage, I want happy marriage.” The crowded arena erupted with emotion.
In true superstar fashion, Pink changed costumes multiple times, including one in which she donned a unitard that demanded fans’ attention, as it sparkled in every light while she performed aerial choreography. For her encore of “So What,” she flew up to the balcony seats and sang for the nosebleeds. Surprising the arena, she jumped from column to column located in the middle of the arena and serenaded crowd who was singing along.
With a video dedicated to her daughter, Willow, she told a story of girl declaring she was ugly. “Heartbroken,” Pink asked her why she felt that way. In response, the girl said she looked like a boy. Dubbed an unconventional beauty and too opinionated, Pink said that hasn’t prevented her from being herself.
“Do you see me growing my hair out? ‘No mama.’ Do you see me changing my body? ‘No mama.’ Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world? ‘No mama.’” She paused. “Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world? ‘Yes mama.’”
“Get the Party Started”
“Just Like a Pill”
“Funhouse/Just a Girl”
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”
“Just Give Me a Reason”
“I’m Not Dead”
“Just Like Fire”
“What About Us”
“I Am Here”
“Raise your Glass”
“Blow me (One Last Kiss)”
“Glitter in the Air”