PICS: Pink at Valley View Casino Center

"You better get this party started": Pink, one of the world's biggest pop stars, brought a high-flying spectacle through Valley View Casino Center on Monday, May 28.

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In a time when women are somehow still left searching for social validation and acceptance, Pink masterfully delivers a powerful message of resilience, unity and self acceptance equally capable of inspiring and entertaining the audience.
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While throughout the years Pink has become a strong advocate for women’s rights and an empowering voice for young girls, she has also redefined live entertainment expectations, consistently delivering a perfect, larger-than-life spectacle that keeps audiences mesmerized from show opening to close -- and simply cannot be outdone.
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The show started with a high note with her massive 2001 hit single “Get the Party Started,” during which -- backed by a six-piece band -- she appeared on stage swinging off a chandelier, twisting and turning, and hanging upside down while delivering perfect vocals and, of course, getting the crowd fully warmed up.
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She transitioned into “Beautiful Trauma” -- the title track from her latest chart-topping release -- where she was able to show off her vocal range while enjoying the word-for-word singalong from the crowd that was impossible to overlook and seemed to reiterate how down to earth and relatable the song truly is.
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The crowd erupted in cheers as she brought us back to her 2001 album “M!ssundaztood" one more time with the song “Just Like a Pill.”
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The night took a more light-hearted and comical turn with a performance of the song “Revenge" (from her "Beautiful Trauma" album), during which Pink battled a giant inflatable Eminem on stage (the rapper makes a guest appearance on the single).
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And then it was back to the '90s...
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First, she covered No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” -- which she delivered perfectly with the right balance of sass and spark, as if the song was her own.
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And then she did something I never thought I would be able to appreciate...
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She covered what is ultimately the most iconic song of the '90s -- possibly ever (keep in mind I am a '90s child so I am a tad biased)...
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I never thought I could listen to any artist cover Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” without cringing or even walking away before the cover ends because that song is synonymous with Kurt Cobain and his voice, which is nothing short of epic and not easily replaced.
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But what can I say aside from: I was completely mind-blown. Pink delivered a beautiful homage to the iconic song and the video footage on the giant venue screens, which showed Nirvana performing, brought me to tears. Luckily, I was not the only one screaming my lungs out and simultaneously wiping my eyes.
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Afterward, Pink was again up in the air during “Give Me a Reason” -- this time in a flying bed suspended over the arena, showing off a more delicate, romantic and almost vulnerable side.
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She brought back the heat with “Just Like Fire” (a single she recorded for the 2016 film "Alice Through the Looking Glass") and then literally got the entire audience stomping during “I Am Here” -- delivering the powerful gospel-like soul-clenching tune that, as she put it, “Took us all to church.”
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She ended the show with “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” from her 2012 album "The Truth About Love," and then came back with even higher notes again, flying all over the arena singing “So What.”
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Lastly, she gifted us one more encore with a powerful performance of “Glitter in the Air” (from her 2008 album "Funhouse") -- closing the show on an intimate note.
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The combination of confetti, acrobatics, pyrotechnics, an inflatable Eminem and a setlist that is a masterfully planned journey through her career is sure to render this show an unforgettable experience for all -- and a front-running candidate, in my eyes, for concert of the year.
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Pink's full set list on May 28 consisted of the following songs: "Get the Party Started," "Beautiful Trauma," "Just Like a Pill"...
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"Who Knew," "Revenge," "Fun House" with a cover of "Just a Girl" (No Doubt cover), "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana cover)...
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"Secrets," "Try, "Give Me a Reason," "I’m Not Dead," "Just Like Fire," "What About Us," "For Now"...
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Followed by "Barbies," "I Am Here," "F---in’ Perfect," "Raise Your Glass," and "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)." Her encore included "So What" and "Glitter in the Air."
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