Pink Rocks Cancer Benefit in Los Angeles

Pink Performance Power of Pink Event - H 2012
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Pink Performance Power of Pink Event - H 2012

Grammy Award-winning singer Pink lived up to every letter of her name by giving a rousing performance at the Power of Pink Event on Monday night. Held at Sony Studios in Culver City, proceeds from the gala dinner will benefit breast cancer research fund at the Margie Petersen Breast Center at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica.

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The event was hosted by Dr. Maggie DiNome, Chief of General Surgery at Saint John's - also the surgeon who removed Pink's gallbladder this past summer.

Following DiNome's remarks, Melanie Griffith and Rita Wilson pulled raffle tickets from pink bags and awarded gifts to winners. Pink appeared on stage shortly after, dressed in a black leather skirt with a pink bow tied on the back, fishnets, and tall boots. She kicked off her set with "Just Like a Pill." Following the song, Pink remarked that she had never realized how appropriate the song was "until now." She also noted that this was the first time she'd ever been in a room with all of her doctors and joked that she might need help with her hamstring later. The set continued with two new tunes off her recently released No. 1 album The Truth About Love -- "How Come You're Not Here" and "Try."

Pink thanked the crowd and talked about her between song habits. "I talk a lot so get comfortable. Should we sing more?" She also stated that it's been a while since she's performed as she's been at home, in sweatpants, singing children's songs to her year-old daughter, Willow.

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Pink performed acoustic versions of "Family Portrait" and "Who Knew" before introducing her cover of "Me & Bobby McGee" as one of her favorite songs ever, adding, "I can say that because it's not mine. For a while it was the only way that I could get invited to play places and I started taking it personally. But we still love it." Pink assigned the end of the song to the audience, who belted out "La da da da da" in unison. She then performed a cover of 1993 hit "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes -- the group that featured her own mentor, songwriter Linda Perry

Pink explained that she planned to do the clean version of "Perfect" next, as the front row was filled with young girls. She shared a funny tale about her lyric editing.

"My friend's son heard my clean version and said, 'Mom. Is this lady a mom?' To which my friend replied, 'Yes. That is Auntie Alecia' and he said, "These are mom words!" Pink laughed, faced the crowd and proclaimed, "Awesome! I graduated. I'm not cool anymore! So here you go, the clean version."

She closed her set with "Funhouse," "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," and "So What," shelling out one last thank you to both the donors and her surgeon. "Thank you all for being part of such a special night. Thank you Maggie for taking out my body parts and keeping me healthy!"

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