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October 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Pink spectacular at KeyArena Sunday | Concert Review

(Bettina Hansen)

(Bettina Hansen)

By Devon Geary
Seattle Times staff reporter

When a ringmaster-like host pointed at a timid platinum-blonde sitting in the bleachers at KeyArena on Sunday and told her she would soon learn the “truth about love,” no one expected her to be Pink — or imagined she would soon bungee-launch into the sky from a hole in the stage.

Three men suspended upside down from an intricate wire structure caught Pink, who sang “Raise Your Glass” while she bounced and flipped — her voice like red wine with a flirty finish.

Alecia Beth Moore, better known as Pink — a three-time Grammy Award winner and Billboard’s 2013 Woman of the Year — has sold more than 110 million records worldwide. Her most recent album, “The Truth About Love,” debuted at No. 1.

The night before her previous performance here, she separated her shoulder. Pink still played the gig, but was unable to perform many of her anticipated aerial tricks.

“Lesson there is: don’t drink wine and ride a skateboard,” she told the crowd Sunday.

This time she must have stayed sober.

Sunday night’s spectacular performance featured a selection of old hits — “U + Ur Hand,” “Who Knew” and “Just Like a Pill” — as well as new releases such as “Try,” “Walk of Shame” and “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).”

During “Pill,” Pink scored the first of three Cheetos bags from the crowd.
The grinning pop star appeared to be having an absolute ball — and her rebellious playfulness was her charm. During a “bad dancer” segment, a camera zoomed in on members of the audience. As instructions were displayed for “the sprinkler,” “the vogue,” “the gangster” and “the rope,” a middle-age man was exposed on the screen flailing away during “Leave me Alone (I’m Lonely)” — and he proudly belted out the words.

Most of the crowd was on its feet for nearly the entire show.
The stage was a sound and visual buffet: a spectrum of lights, fireworks and vibrant videos on colossal screens.

Each song invoked a different emotional element of love. “Try” was a spectacle of stunning sensuality and passion. After twirling from black ropes in the air, Pink dropped into the arms of a shirtless partner. During a display of her athleticism — and sculpted abs rivaling his — the couple’s skillful lifts and holds were intensified by Pink’s expressions. The choreography was flawless and primal.

During “So What,” Pink hurled across the ceiling of KeyArena in a gyroscopic harness, rotating at arm’s length above her audience in a shimmering green leotard and silver pumps. After that, her faux timidity at the start of the show seemed all the more ridiculous.

She finished the show with “Glitter in the Air,” a soothing ballad for an audience dazed by a circus of spectacles.

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