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Concert reviews: Pink wows fans, critics at Xcel

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It appears that the four-year wait since pop star Pink's last North American tour was worth it, because by all indications, fans and critics were impressed with the 33-year-old singer's concert Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

In his review of the concert for the Pioneer Press, Ross Raihala said, "In recent months, we've watched both Madonna and Lady Gaga play the same venue, but Pink easily bested them both."

Raihala observed that Pink played in front of "16,000 deliriously happy folks," and even went so far to make a prediction of the upcoming concerts in the Twin Cities for Rihanna and Beyonce: "It's hard to imagine either of them will deliver a concert so energetic and memorable."

Jon Bream in his Star Tribune review also said Pink's show was "way superior to Madonna and Lady Gaga's," and called it "incredibly entertaining."

Pink reportedly arrived hanging upside down three stories above the stage, and put a huge emphasis on her aerial acrobatics and stage work with her dancers during the concert.

Bream noted that fans who came to Xcel "to hear that killer pop-rock voice ... might have felt shortchanged," but added that she "dialed it down on occasion to remind us what a powerful and important voice she has."

He also said Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, was engaging with her fans, and was "effervescent, approachable and spontaneous."

Fans who didn't get an opportunity to go to Pink's Tuesday night's show at Xcel will have another chance later this year when she returns to the Twin Cities Nov. 2 for a concert at Target Center.

Tickets for that concert go on sale March 30.

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