PHOENIX, Arizona At the kickoff of her debut headlining tour, Pink was concerned about pleasing a certain segment of her audience.
"You guys are fun," she told the capacity crowd of about 2,000. "My dad and my stepmom are in the audience. I'm on my best behavior. I hope I haven't sworn that much, have I?"
Pink, who launched her tour Thursday at the Web Theatre, offered an energetic opening to her set with the apropos "Get the Party Started," the first single from her album Missundaztood. Wearing an orange jumpsuit with a turquoise tank top peeking out, the platinum-haired Pink jumped to the beat. Glow-in-the-dark patches adorned the outfit, one of a handful she wore.
During her 75-minute performance, Pink proved her vocal prowess, which was buried beneath over-produced teen pop/R&B on her 2000 debut, Can't Take Me Home. She wrapped her smoky voice around an emotional rendition of 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up," an obvious nod to Linda Perry, the former group's frontwoman who produced and co-wrote material for Missundaztood.
Ten years ago when this song came out was when I fell in love," Pink said.
She referenced Perry several times during the performance.
"When I was gonna do this new record, I decided to go after one of my idols. [The record company] told me I couldn't, so I did it," Pink said as the audience laughed.
"[Linda] thinks I have problems. I don't think I do. She wrote this for me and let me sing it. It's very special to me," she added about the track "Lonely Girl."
Behind the band, a curtain ran the length of the stage, making it look as if the album title Missundaztood was spray-painted along a white brick wall. At times, it was pulled aside and replaced with a video screen. Using slide shows, Pink paid homage to Janis Joplin, her divorced parents and Vietnam veterans during her set.
Pink poked fun at the various ways she has been "Missundaztood." A female dancer joined her for a sexually suggestive number meant to acknowledge the rumors that she is a lesbian. (She is reportedly dating male extreme sports star Carey Hart.)
She was playful, holding the microphone over the crowd to let them sing the chorus of "There You Go," one of the few tunes from Can't Take Me Home she played.
The playfulness segued to visual irritation when a fan threw a tampon on stage as a gift.
"I think I make enough money to buy my own tampons, thanks," she said.
Pink's father and mother's divorce weighs heavily on her latest album, and that was reflected live as well. "Family Portrait" was accompanied by a slide show of her family.
"This song goes out to all the mommies and daddies who broke up. You made our lives that much easier," she said facetiously about "Family Portrait."
At the end of "My Vietnam," Pink was joined near the front of the stage by four of her five bandmates, who locked arms and faced the video screen as her guitarist played a Jimi Hendrix-esque version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Near the middle of the show, Pink mentioned that she had seen a few problems with her performance.
"Since this is the first show, you get to see all the screw-ups. You should feel honored," said Pink, who ended her show with "Don't Let Me Get Me."
There were no obvious "screw-ups," however. Just evidence of a burgeoning star.
The New York glam rock quartet Candyass opened the show to a surprisingly rousing response from the audience, which ranged from female same-sex couples to parents with their kindergartners. The pink heads of girls who dyed their hair speckled the crowd.
"We drove a long way to play for you so you better make some noise," said Candyass' lead singer, who shook her shoulders toward the crowd practically non-stop during the 35-minute set.
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