By Roger Catlin
February 08, 2019 at 05:35 PM EST
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The high-flying acrobatic daredevil of pop music is earthbound now, and Pink is trying to adjust.

“I haven’t done a show where I’m not upside down for a while,” she joked in her still-dynamic show Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium. “It’s hard to remember lyrics when I’m right side up.”

When she forgot, the enthusiastic crowd of 5,000 were only too happy to help out.

“It’s so great to get the band back together,” she said of the rocking sextet that backed her, augmented by six more dancers and a pair of singers.

Pink hasn’t performed much since the end of her world tour last fall in Sydney, and Thursday’s intimate performance — part of the Citi Sound Vault series — led up to Sunday’s Grammys where her 2017 Beautiful Trauma is up for Best Pop Vocal Album. It was all part of a week where she got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and previewed a new song, “Walk Me Home,” on Ellen.

But the 39-year-old singer-songwriter, clad in flowing red pants and leather jacket, didn’t include that tune, or anything else from her impending Hurts 2B Human, due out in April, in the show (which was also minus the kind of guest stars that sometimes happen during Grammy week).

Instead, it was a 14-song barrage of hits from a career that has nearly reached 25 years, from the inevitable opener “Get the Party Started” to “What About Us” and “Raise Your Glass.”

Pink showed her support for other female artists, blending No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” into her own “Funhouse,” covering Linda Perry’s 4 Non Blondes hit, “What’s Up,” and giving a prominent spot to a hit from a more recent artist, Bishop Briggs, with “River.”

Given its rest since the end of her tour, Pink’s voice was in great shape on songs that often began in measured verses that exploded into soaring choruses with more muscular rock backing than most in pop.

She paused for a spell to sit on a stool opposite guitarist Justin Derrico to perform “Barbies” as bassist Eva Gardner switched to cello for a string backing with violinist Jessy Greene.

And whenever any right-side up disorientation tripped Pink up, the audience was happy to react with the sentiment of her final song, “So What.”

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