Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 | 2 a.m.
Singer Pink has a tough-girl exterior, but she also is a Maybelline Cover Girl. And that girl who has become known as much for her high-flying acrobatic moves as for her string of infectious pop and dance hits and heartfelt and gut-wrenching ballads.
Acrobat Girl brought her “The Truth About Love Tour” to MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday evening, and it was a big night because it was the end of a long and successful global jaunt for the betrothed of motocross star Carey Hart and mother of young daughter Willow, both of whom were at the show.
Pink, whose vocal chops were on full display — as were her enviable abs and those of her dancers, among them Colt Prattes from her music video for “Try” — was in great spirits, and she shook hands with and high-fived what seemed like an endless amount of fans, as well as accepted dozens of gifts, including, oddly, Cheetos and a bottle of wine. (How did fans get those in the arena?!)
MC Rubix, portrayed by Brett Alters, was a laugh riot pre-Pink playing with/flirting with/accosting audience members, mostly men, by licking their heads, grabbing their arses, lifting up their shirts, tweaking their nipples and more. He appeared again, onstage this time, before “Try” and talked about fetishes one might want to try: armpits, feet, smelling … well, you get the idea.
Other highlights of “The Truth About Love Tour” finale: Pink’s strong backup singers, who allowed the rock star to take a breather from singing when she was dancing, greeting fans or in harnesses above the stage; her beefcake backup dancers — Prattes and two other hunks; the inventive LED screens, about a half-dozen of them, the center one heart-shaped, natch, all used effectively.
Also, the mega-duet “Just Give Me a Reason” with Fun frontman Nate Ruess (who was larger than life on the big screen and, I noticed for the first time, sings big time with his tongue); and her messing up the lyrics to “The Great Escape” at the piano and laughing about it (it made her human and endearing).
And the finale “So What,” when Pink soared above the entire arena in a yellow catsuit and stilettos. Damn, that girl is fierce.
The setlist: “Raise Your Glass,” “Walk of Shame,” “Just Like a Pill,” “U + Ur Hand,” “Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely),” “Try,” Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” “Just Give Me a Reason,” “Trouble,” “All We All We Are,” “How Come You’re Not Here,” “Sober,” “The Great Escape,” “Who Knew?” (which she dedicated to Carey’s Grandfather Joe, who had recently passed away), “F*cking Perfect,” “Most Girls”/“There You Go”/“You Make Me Sick,” “Slut Like You,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and “So What.”
Australian group The Kin served as the opening act. As the audience exited the arena, a blooper reel played on the big screens (Pink apparently has smelly feet).
The truth about Pink is that this tour is over, but Acrobat Girl will return. Just look up in the sky.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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