Local critics, fans rave about Pink concert in Minneapolis


It's been 10 months since Pink performed at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, but judging by local critics' and fans' reactions, her return to the Twin Cities Tuesday night at Target Center in Minneapolis couldn't have come soon enough.

Pioneer Press critic Ross Raihala says from Pink's "widescreen grin to her high-energy songs and higher-flying acrobatics, the woman born Alecia Beth Moore gave a performance so spirited and fresh it felt like it was opening night."

Raihala noted that Pink's energy level comes as the singer wraps up nearly a year on the road with her "The Truth About Love Tour." The show Tuesday was a make-up date for a November concert that the singer had to bow out of because of vocal problems.

The critic said the singer "spent a good part of the evening suspended in the air," and even performed in a "spinning part-birdcage, part-gyroscope contraption."

Raihala says Pink's song set was virtually the same from her March concert here (with hits like "U + Ur Hand" and "Walk of Shame"), but added her "aerial work truly elevated the show from just another fun pop concert to something much more special."

The Pioneer Press also posted a photo gallery of the show.

Several fans took to Twitter to heap praise on 34-year-old Pennsylvania native.

Jon Bream of the Star Tribune was also floored by Pink's performance, writing, "The year is only one week old but we’ve already witnessed what could easily be the best concert of 2014."

Bream also called Pink's March performance here "unquestionably the top concert of 2013," adding "Tuesday’s was essentially a repeat performance. Except it was better. Much better."

Raihala wrote that "Pink's giddy enthusiasm rubbed off on the Minneapolis crowd," and Bream noted how the singer interacted with the show's 16,000 fans more often than the March gig.

"She signed autographs in mid-song, accepted gifts for her 2-year-old daughter (and asked whether the quilt was homemade) and even accommodated a request for a body signature to be turned into a tattoo," Bream wrote.

Bream also posted the complete set list from the show.

City Pages also lauded the singer for bringing some much-needed heat to Minneapolis.

Critic Danny Sigelman said Pink displayed "unencumbered spirit and relentless athleticism," and that her "presence and music felt like a much needed jolt to the collective system in an otherwise harsh weather week. Yes, she managed to provide an escape amid the polar vortex."

Pink will also play Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center Thursday and the Fargodome in Fargo Saturday. The tour will wrap up Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

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