Pink performs as part of her Beautiful Trauma tour at the American Airlines Center in Dallas Tuesday May 1, 2018. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News,

Pink performs as part of her Beautiful Trauma tour at the American Airlines Center in Dallas Tuesday May 1, 2018. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News,

Andy Jacobsohn/Staff Photographer

Take a peek at Billboard's Top 10 best selling albums from 2002. It's pretty revealing that the majority of the list is comprised of albums made from artists no longer able to pack anywhere near the artistic and commercial punch now they did back then. While Creed, Ludacris, Nelly and Nickelback are often the butt of jokes as their careers have stalled, Pink, the maker of the album sitting at No. 4 on that list from 16 years ago, surges on as an absolute force.

And if nothing else, Pink's Tuesday night Dallas concert at the American Airlines Center offered a bombastic, emotional, living timeline of her career as a pop survivor. 

Pink / Kid Cut Up

Born Alecia Beth Moore, Pink has certainly done more than merely survive over her 22 years in music and seven studio albums. And inside of her acrobatic, triumphant two-hour performance -- the first of a two-night stand in Dallas -- Pink provided a supremely adult pop experience.

Opening her show in dazzling fashion, Pink dangled high above the stage as she sang the 2001 hit "Get the Party Started" while using a gargantuan chandelier as her own set of Olympic uneven bars. It wasn't her first single, but kicking off the show with the tune that sent her soaring into the Big Time was fitting. She followed up with revved up, rocking takes on "Beautiful Trauma" the title track of her latest chart-topping, platinum-selling album, followed by 2002's "Just Like a Pill."

From opposite ends of her career, both songs were co-written by Pink and draw from her own past drug abuse to articulate the often unreachable highs and the disastrous pains of withdrawal and loss.

The song choices show the care Pink gives to the story she's telling -- and went deeper than the acrobatics. Not that the acrobatic artistry of the night was anything short of stunning, mind you. The folks who dream up new Cirque du Soleil shows would be geniuses to if they developed a Pink-themed circus show. Pink and her backup dancers were hoisted towards the rafters for jaw-dropping aerial routines, offering an array of whimsical, Broadway-quality set designs.

If a strong song list and a bulging bag of circus tricks weren't enough, Pink also had a massive, inflatable Eminem during his turns in the bouncy, grooving hip-hop duet "Revenge." 

Pink took to the sky to fight face-to-face with the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade-style inflatable of the infamous rapper. 

Following a searing cover of Nirvana's grunge classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit," an Alice in Wonderland-esque set filled with foreboding tress and dancers donned with creepy animal masks gave "Try" a darkly theatrical spin.

Look inside Pink's colorful performance in Dallas

The melodic, swelling "Just Give Me a Reason," and the anthemic, sweeping "Just Like Fire," a couple of her most recent smash hits, lent the latter half of the set winning examples of how present Pink's chart power still is. To counter the largess of those songs, Pink and some background singers were joined at the front tip of the stage for a quieter duo of songs, accompanied by cello and standup bass for an almost acoustic vibe.

Pink offers incredible acrobatics during her Dallas concert on May 1, 2018. She returns to the American Airlines Center for a second show on May 2, 2018.

Pink offers incredible acrobatics during her Dallas concert on May 1, 2018. She returns to the American Airlines Center for a second show on May 2, 2018.

Andy Jacobsohn/Staff Photographer

With her voice bold and clear, Pink sent the sentimental "Barbies" and a galloping, gospel-tinged "I Am Here" skyward with majesty.

She proved to the crowd that production numbers and elaborate sets weren't necessary for her to command the arena. As she had earlier with "For Now," Pink stood nearly alone at the microphone for the start of her 2010 anthem of self-esteem and empowerment "[Expletive] Perfect," before stepping to each corner of the stage to personally address the people in the crowd for which her message was intended -- everyone.

The song rang true: Pink has excelled in a business designed to grind even the greatest down into powder, and Pink makes her pain available to us so that we can believe that if she's survived, so can anyone.

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