Review: Pink Pays Twin Cities Another Visit and It's Electric

Pink brings her Beautiful Trauma tour to St. Paul. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
Pink brings her Beautiful Trauma tour to St. Paul.

March 13, 2018 02:30 PM

Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour is electric.

There’s no one who entertains at the level she does, connects with the audience like she does, or is as raw and authentic as she is.


From the moment the giant pink curtain dropped, fans were on their feet while the pop vixen swung from a giant chandelier high above her dancers and band. As the twists, turns and aerial stunts took place Pink energetically sang, “Get the Party Started.”

What a way to kickoff a party.

Pink performed a high-energy, two-hour set in front of a sold-out Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Monday night. It was her second visit to the Twin Cities this year.

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She was just in town last month, performing the National Anthem during the Super Bowl. A few nights before the big game she attempted to hit notes from “Beautiful Trauma” before telling fans at The Armory in Minneapolis she had the flu. That night she relied heavily on her backup singers but still put on an unforgettable show.

I’m sick again but screw it, I’m just gonna do it. If it gets to the point where I sound awful, just sing louder than I do. Let’s have some fun Twin Cities,” Pink told fans.

While the rest of us could easily call in sick when we’re not feeling so great, Pink proved her superwoman strength and entertained fans with everything from “Just Like a Pill” to high-energy covers from Gwen Stefani’s, “I’m Just a Girl” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” #NoSickDays

The choreography was fun and captivating - kudos to the dancers and band who added to the memorable performance.

During one of her incredibly fast costume changes, the audience was shown a video montage with cameos of a very young Pink sharing lessons on empowerment, strength, courage and acceptance.

“Everyone else walks in a single file line, I walk diagonal,” she said. “I’m not afraid to be a strong woman.”

The more fans heard, the more the arena erupted.

“I don’t want there to be gay marriage," she said. "I just want there to be marriage. We are all Pink on the inside.”

All of these messages served as a breather before Pink performed her hit single, “What About Us.”

We had a chance to talk to a family from Waconia after the show. Emerson, 10, caught my attention with her shimmering pink dress. When asked why she loves Pink she said, “She is so inspiring. My favorite song was 'So What' because it’s loud, and she soared right over our heads.”

It was Emerson’s first concert and what made it even more special was sharing it with her mom and sister. Her mom, Jeannine said, “We love Pink because I agree with and teach them everything Pink stands for and believes in. Be real. Be yourself. Never change. My daughter Kate aspires to be a singer someday just like Pink."  

Thirteen-year-old Kate said her favorite song is “Barbie's” because, “It’s real. It’s emotional. I miss being a kid and playing Barbies in my room. I miss not having to deal with all the drama of growing up.”

Pink said in a recent interview, “I’m 38. I used to be so wild and just carefree, and now I lock my doors, I worry and I parent very responsibly. Sometimes I’m like, who are you?”

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The Beautiful Trauma tour is an intense mix of songs, a sort of reflection of Pink’s life. Romantic and uncertain at times with her husband Carey Hart, yet beautiful and vulnerable as seen as Pink performs “Try” or “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring fun’s Nate Reuss -- both off of Pink’s 2012 record “The Truth About Love.” Pink took to the sky again during “Just Give Me a Reason on a black framed bed.” It was beautiful. Fans also loved “I Am Here” -- a powerful song with Gospel vibes.

Filled with glitter, fire, Cirque-du-Solei-esque acrobatics, bungee cords, powerful messages for all and mesmerizing choreography The Beautiful Trauma Tour is a hit.

Set List

  1. “Get The Party Started”
  2. “Beautiful Trauma”
  3. “Just Like a Pill”
  4. “Who Knew”
  5. “Revenge”
  6. “Funhouse” / “I’m Just a Girl” (Gwen Stefani cover)
  7. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana cover)
  8. “Secrets”
  9. “Try”
  10. “Just Give Me a Reason”
  11. “I’m Not Dead”
  12. “Just Like Fire”
  13. “What About Us?”
  14. “For Now”
  15. “Barbies”
  16. “I Am Here”
  17. “Perfect”
  18. “Raise Your Glass”
  19. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”
  20. ENCORE: "So What”
  21. ENCORE: “Glitter in the Air”


Sarina Long

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