The rock star anthem "So What" was centerpieced by a girlie pillow fight and ends with a male dancer tied down to the bed for P!NK's pleasure. She highlighted the line "Tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears" in "Don't Let Me Get Me" by blowing into her mic to reassure the audience that yes, she is performing live -- unlike Brit whose tour was plagued with complaints of the diva barely even mouthing along to her pre-recorded tracks. This was certainly not the case for P!NK, who danced, sang, signed autographs from the stage, accepted fan gifts, joked with the crowd and even performed acrobatics. (Unfortunately P!NK can't currently do the fancy acrobatics on "Sober" that she displayed at the VMAs thanks to a shoulder injury, but she makes up for it with slightly tamer tricks that includes spinning over the crowd in various contraptions and outfits.) Her outfit changes got racier and racier, moving from a belly-baring top and tights combo to a see-through lace cutoffs to circus outfits to casual jeans and tank and finally something that can only be described as strips of bandage for her finale number.
The biggest cheers of the night came during "Dear Mr. President" when the Human Rights Campaign flag appeared on the screen behind her. P!NK pointed out that she's performed the song all over the world and the only two places she's been booed were Virginia and Anaheim, CA. New York was definitely behind her.
The one lesson learned in P!NK's Funhouse is that P!NK is in charge, and she calls the shots. If she wants to spin above the crowd drenched in water held only by a slip of pink fabric, you're going to watch. And you're going to love it.
-- RAE VOTTA
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