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Pink soars at Nassau Coliseum

Pink in concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial

Pink in concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (March 25, 2013) Credit: David Pokress

Pink didn’t need to take a single flying leap to be entertaining Monday night.

When she sat on a stool in the middle of Nassau Coliseum, accompanied only by Justin Derrico on acoustic guitar, and sang an emotional version of “Who Knew,” Pink was as potent as any of her pop peers.

When she takes flight, though, either in some sort of bungee-jumping harness for “Raise Your Glass” or cables that allowed her to soar giddily around the Coliseum for “So What,” turning mid-air somersaults and swooping dives where she would stop just above the outstretched hands of those standing on the floor, Pink is a singular performer. Not just because her high-flying acrobatics take an incredible amount of skill and practice, which they do, or because she sings while doing them, something that should shame so many lip-synchers who claim that singing live while they two-step across the stage is too taxing, but because she seems so joyous as she does it.

There’s a lot going on during Pink’s two-hour extravaganza, from flashing screens to intricate choreography, as well as a framework of a game show. There’s also a lot going on with her music, which ranges from her anthems of esteem-building and acceptance to her more personal tales of her tumultuous relationships.

However, as fun as it is to watch her and her troupe of dancers blow off some steam during “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” it is an even greater marvel to see how well her quieter suite of songs works. Her recent singles “Try” and “Just Give Me a Reason” bookended a lush version of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” followed by a lovely dance piece set to Chopin, showing how well the “Truth About Love Tour” could have gone if they went in a quieter direction.

Pink presides over it all with a down-to-earth ease, whether she’s proclaiming, “Being a terrible dancer is way more fun!” before busting out The Sprinkler during “Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)” or acknowledging as a new mom that she’s softened a bit, to the point where singing the racier version of her hit “Perfect” makes her slightly uncomfortable.

Her medley of early-Aughts hits “Most Girls,” “There You Go” and “You Make Me Sick” was a reminder that when Pink started out, she was positioned as a one-woman Destiny’s Child. It’s thrilling to see that she has found exponentially more success just being herself, her own high-flying, potty-mouthed, opinionated, obviously smitten self.

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SETLIST: Raise Your Glass / Walk of Shame / Just Like a Pill / U + Ur Hand / Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) / Try / Wicked Game / Just Give Me a Reason / Trouble / Are We All We Are / How Come You’re Not Here / Sober / Who Knew / Perfect / Medley: Most Girls > There You Go > You Make Me Sick / Slut Like You / Blow Me (One Last Kiss) // ENCORE: So What / Glitter in the Air

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