It seems a bit unfair to say that in 2023, a Pink concert offers no surprises. If you've never seen her before, every one of her concerts is surprising. This being my 8th time, though (I'm getting old, I lost count, I told people it was my 7th), I'm not surprised at her live excellence or with her remarkable high-flying acrobatics. It's been a long time since I saw her at the Fillmore in 2006, just before she added the Cirque du Soleil spectacle. It's good to remember that she delivers even without the trapeze work, and in fact, many of the highlights now are the more "grounded" songs.
This was our first time seeing her since the release of Trustfall, which guaranteed some new-to-us songs in the concert. There were five from Trustfall, including the title track (which featured perhaps the most amazing gymnastics of the night, provided in this case by dancers interacting with trampolines to great effect) and "Turbulence", where the air-work was more exquisite than physical and ended with Pink and another dancer moving beautifully together in the air. There were the usual covers ... not usual as in "she does them every time", but usual as in "she always includes some interesting ones". This time she did Dylan-channeled-through-Adele with "Make You Feel My Love", to which she accompanied herself on piano; "Me and Bobby McGee" (she has often done material connected to Janis Joplin); and Sade's "No Ordinary Love". It goes without saying at this point that her band is tight and impressive. I have long attributed this in part to the consistency with which she gathers her supporting act ... they've been with her so long they share a connection that wouldn't be the same with a more random selection of musicians. By my count, at least five of them have been around forever, including Justin Derrico on guitar, Eva Gardner on bass, backup singer Stacy Campbell, keyboardist Jason Chapman, and jill-of-all-trades Adriana Balic.
The inevitable "So What" with Pink flying around the arena, saying hello to fans all over the damn place, remains a thrill no matter how many times you've seen it. It's still amazing that she does this in her act ... she's 44 years old now but still apparently fearless. I'd say her thighs were a wonder of nature, except she works hard to keep them strong. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that she is perfect in her interactions with the crowd ... the setlists might be mostly the same from night to night, but her side comments and the times when she signs something for a fan, or accepts candy and the like from them, inject a welcomed human touch.
Grouplove was the opening act ... they're an alt-rock band that has been around for at least a dozen years ... singer Hannah Hooper is in her early 40s, I imagine the same could be said for most of the band, they've got a seasoned act that was well-received. Even better was DJ KidCutUp ... we've seen him with Pink before, he has a great sense of what works with the crowd, he had most of the 18,000 people in the audience up and dancing.