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Photos: P!NK knocks it out of the park with Summer Carnival Tour in Cincinnati

By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications

Move over Rio de Janeiro, there’s another carnival in town… and last night Cincinnati was lucky enough to be part of it: P!NK’s energetic second night (first U.S. night) of her North America leg’s Summer Carnival Tour. 

From the very start, a voice distorted AI version of P!NK encouraged everyone to let loose and be themselves through singing, screaming, crying, laughing, dancing—and that’s exactly what the enthusiastic sold-out crowd did for the action packed two-hour performance that included a time stopping “Nothing Compares 2 U” duet (P!NK and Brandi Carlile) tribute to SinĂ©ad O’Connor.

The muggy heat was uncomfortable at times, but it never distracted the eye catching choreographed dancing, interpretive dancing and P!NK’s trademark acrobatic air flips and a show closing fly over that gave everyone in the Great American Ball Park an up close and personal greeting with the impeccable superstar. (Not to mention the strong backing band, vibrant outfits, costumes, wardrobe changes, smoke bursts, pyro and fireworks through the performance.) P!NK never disappoints, she easily remains one of the most ambitious, best live entertainers of today… without acrophobia.

Fans were treated to many hits as P!NK tirelessly and passionately gave it her all with a fast paced setlist and emotional crowd singalongs that included: “So What,” “Fuckin Perfect,” “Blow Me One Last Kiss,” “Trustfall,” “Just Give Me A Reason,” “Get The Party Started,” “What About Us,” “Try,” “Just Like A Pill,” “Please Don’t Leave Me.” 

Brandi Carlile opened the evening and her powerful, fiery vocals were spot on; she performed a touching piano ballad that showcased her wide range. A few raindrops didn’t dampen Carlile’s spirit, she was impressed by the crowd and thanked P!NK a number of times. Back up singers and a string section brought a full headlining sound to the performance. During the hour set, the group covered a jaw dropping version of Radiohead’s “Creep” with a memorable song finale.

DJ KidCutUp spun original mixes between artists keeping the crowd moving with a house combo of overlapping familiar rock and pop songs.

P!NK (click photos to enlarge)

 BRANDI CARLILE (click photos to enlarge)

GROUPLOVE (click photos to enlarge)