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March 24, 2013

The truth about Pink

She's right where she wants to be

By Glenn Gamboa

---- — NEW YORK — Pink has a made a career of confounding expectations.

After her successful R&B-oriented debut, “Can’t Take Me Home,” in 2000, she quickly ditched the style for a more rock-oriented sound in 2001 and even sang about the resistance from her record company in her hit “Don’t Let Me Get Me.”

She hasn’t looked back since. And with last year’s “The Truth About Love,” her first No. 1 album, and the accompanying tour, Pink has been forcefully forging her own brand of pop with her mixed-signals pop hit “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and the lush, inspirational ballad “Try,” as well as her acrobatic performance.

“I like myself a lot more than I did when I started,” she said in advance of a March 28 concert in Boston. “I’ve exorcised a lot of demons. I don’t think I’ll ever give up performing. But I don’t know if I would do it as full-on with more kids. I only have ‘off’ or ‘on,’ so I’d have to seriously figure out different speeds.”

Few of her fellow superstars can match her pop power even as she raises her daughter, Willow. In a time when most artists release only one or two songs from an album, her third single from “The Truth About Love,” the lovely “Just Give Me a Reason” duet with fun. singer Nate Ruess, caught fire last week, moving into the Top 10 on the sales charts, as sales of the single nearly doubled.

If “Just Give Me a Reason” follows “Try” to No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 charts, Pink will have the most No. 1’s ever on the chart, breaking the tie she has with Katy Perry at seven.

“This is the life I wanted,” Pink recently told the Tampa Tribune. “I’ve been crazy about music since I can remember. It all had an impact on me, listening to the radio, first concert, all of that.”

She is quick to point out that her first concert was Billy Joel’s “The Bridge” tour in 1986. “I was just 6, but it was awesome,” Pink said. “Billy Joel just blew me away. I love his music so much that I went down the aisle to his ‘She’s Always a Woman.’”

If You Go What: Pink's "Truth About Love" tour. When: Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. Where: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. How: For tickets visit www/ticketmaster,com or www.tdbanknorthgarden.com. SET LIST With its game-show theme and all her high-flying stunts, Pink's tour set list is fixed most nights. Here's what she normally plays: "Raise Your Glass" "Walk of Shame" "Just Like a Pill" "U + Ur Hand" "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" "Try" "Wicked Game" "Just Give Me a Reason" "Trouble" "Are We All We Are" "How Come You're Not Here" "Sober" "Family Portrait" "Who Knew" "Perfect" Medley: "Most Girls"/ "There You Go"/ "You Make Me Sick" "Slut Like You" "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" ENCORE: "So What" "Glitter in the Air"