That’s really the only word necessary to describe Pink’s concert Monday night at the BOK Center.
Let’s elaborate anyway.
If you’re keeping score, this show was the second of 10 in the BOK Center’s “10 for 10” concert series celebrating the venue’s 10th anniversary. Here’s a heads-up to the other artists in the series: Pink didn’t just set the bar high. She kept flying over it. Really.
Equal parts daredevil and vocalist, the show began when pink curtains opened to reveal Pink dangling above the stage on wires.
It’s only a teensy exaggeration to say she spent more time above the stage than on it during the course of the show. She navigated her way around mid-air props. She dangled above the crowd with a partner in Cirque do Soleil fashion. And, near the end of the show, she sling-shotted around the arena on wires, soaring high enough to get face to face with folks in the suite level and low enough that fans on the floor raised their hands in hopes of slapping skin with the airborne superstar.
The girl’s got guts, and apparently no fear of heights. Flipping and twisting, she turned the show into a gymnastics competition. Give her a gold medal, or a pink medal if that’s what she prefers. She’s an athlete, and she earned it. (One more sports-related observation: In the same way that Julius Erving is credited with transforming basketball from a horizontal game to a vertical game, let’s credit Pink with transforming concerts into a vertical game.)
The Beautiful Trauma tour stop featured Pink’s hits (of course you know which song got the party started), new material and cool covers, including No Doubt’s “Just A Girl” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Pink’s first headlining gig in Oklahoma featured flame blasts, animation, a giant inflatable character, costume changes and set changes. The only thing that didn’t change was her enthusiasm. During the times when she wasn’t defying gravity, she literally bounded around the stage like she was blessed with limitless energy.
Pink was accompanied by a legion of dancers, or, as she called them, “the most talented dancers in the entire universe.” She also said — did you hear this, too? — something about her mom and dad once getting back together here. Can we get the rest of the story? And was her dad Evel Knievel, because, even though that’s not true, it would be one of those “now it all makes sense” things.
If you’re one of those folks who can’t wait to be offended by an entertainer who has something to say about current events, you’ll have to find something else to grinch about than Pink. A short video during the show provided quick-hitting images that touched on social issues, but it surely wasn’t the kind of polarizing thing that would give the weasels something to rage about on cable news programs.
Also, consider this: Tulsa VFW Post 577 posted a message (and accompanying photos) to its Facebook page a few minutes before Pink took the stage. Said the message, “The members of Tulsa VFW are grateful that P!NK invited us into her show tonight. She continues to show her support for our nation’s veterans. Please stop at our table and ask what services we can provide for your veterans or just say thank you to our veteran volunteers. Those volunteers work tirelessly helping our Tulsa-area veterans every day. Again, thank you P!NK!!”
Concerts can be so expensive nowadays that ticket-purchasers must wonder if they’re getting their money’s worth at a show. I have no idea what you paid for Pink tickets — that’s between you and your debit card — but, whatever that dollar figure is, I don’t question that you got your money’s worth. You weren’t cheated. You were treated.
Pink and her crew invested time and money (some of the sets were downright stunning) in creating a one-of-a-kind experience. How much prep time went into this tour? For sure, it wasn’t thrown together in the parking lot between Pink’s Academy Awards tweets the night before. Among the tweets: “Watching the Oscars is so hard for me. I hate when people lose. Very happy for the winners, but this is why I can’t watch football either. I cry when the team I want to win wins.”
Pink played to a sold-out crowd at the BOK Center. It was a spectacle. Everybody won.