Pink @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

Words and photos by Duane Clawson
There are a several ways I could have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day 2018. A gallon or two of green beer, dancing a jig, or wearing a kilt. But none of this is me, I’d rather do it in a style that’s all my own. How about we go see Pink in Indianapolis?! I can guarantee me in a kilt, drinking green beer, and dancing a jig would not have been anywhere close to as entertaining as this show was. This was my second time seeing Pink perform and like any good spirit, she has only improved over time. With a production that rivals a Vegas show or Cirque de Soliel, Pink pulls out all the stops on her, Beautiful Trauma tour!

Indianapolis would be the nineth stop out the 86 that are slated for America and abroad. The production appeared to be a well-oiled machine for only being a week and a half into their long journey. To say that Pink is a daredevil would probably be an understatement, this chick is crazy! A harness and elastic straps hoist the 38-year-old entertainer some twenty feet above the stage to a giant, swinging chandelier while she sings, not lip syncs, the show opener, “Get the Party Started”. For those seeing this Grammy award-winning artist for the first time, her high-flying acrobatics are mesmerizing. Alright, these feats are impressive no matter how many times you’ve seen her!

If you think the flashy stage sets and over the top theatrics are making up for lack of talent, you should probably reevaluate your thoughts. For the past eighteen years, Pink has proven herself as a credible vocalist and songwriter; Cher and Faith Hill being amongst the notable artist she has written songs for. Showing her love for the classics, Pink throws in a spot-on cover of Nirvana’s, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. A healthy amount of material from the new album Beautiful Trauma was included in the 21-song set. Digging deeper into the album, Pink pulled out a gem, “I Am Here”, an old time, gospel-styled number, proving yet again she is no one-trick pony.

Pink may have the status of a superstar, but she doesn’t forget the fans during her an hour and 45 minutes onstage. A particularly touching Pink to fan moment came when the blonde-haired singer stopped to sign a fan’s, “Cancer Sucks” poster. This of course brought a roar of approval from the crowd. If you came to hear Pink classics, you were in luck. “Perfect”, “Try”, and “Raise Your Glass” were interwoven into the fabric of her set.

Evolving from her punk rock/skater persona, Pink has grown in to a rocking mom, traveling with her family and genuinely concerned about the future. Pink winds down the night just like it began, in the air. Flying solo, Pink attempted to connect with everyone in attendance during one of her signature encores, “So What”!  The lyrics of the night's final song, “Glitter in the Air” ask, “have you ever wished for an endless night?” A resounding, “Yes Pink!”, “We wished it could have been tonight”, surely would have been the response of the 15,000+ that witnessed this pop music extravaganza!

A big thank you to Pink’s management for getting MTC MAG in the door and to the most accommodating staff at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Photos of the show are below:

Contributed by Duane Clawson
Pink @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN Pink @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on March 20, 2018 Rating: 5
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