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20 Years of P!nk – The Party Tour

In 2002, Pink was ready to go on the road to promote her second studio album, Missundaztood. Pink was given complete control of all aspects of the tour including staging and opening acts. 

During an interview at the ESPY Awards, Pink mentioned she chose the group “Candy Ass” because she’d always wanted to be in an all-female band. She further stated that she would cover songs by her musical inspirations including 4 Non Blondes, Aerosmith, Janis Joplin, Guns N’ Roses and Mary J. Blige.

The stage was very simplistic consisting of a backdrop resembling a brick wall with a graffiti text saying “P!nk”, a video screen, lights, instruments, and one microphone. The show’s setup was designed for the nightclubs and concert halls Pink would play that had an average audience size of 3,000 attendees. During this time, Pink’s peers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were touring the U.S. as well in sports arenas and amphitheaters. Pink (who previously condemned the comparisons) stated:

“Big productions, to me, are great—like, I love going to Vegas and seeing shows—but I think that sometimes it’s distracting, especially when you are there to listen to the music. I remember being on tour with ‘NSYNC, and I don’t know if this is appropriate, but it was something like a $5 million stage, and to me, that was just like, ‘Man, I will take a box out there and stand on it with a microphone. I ain’t spending that much money.’ I love the shows that are in dingy little dark clubs, smoky, no production whatsoever. My stage show is raw and unpredictable. It’s not a lot of choreography this time. There’s practically no sequencing involved whatsoever. It’s just instruments and a voice and incredible music. When there is a lot of sequencing or ProTools or DATs involved, it gets a little strange, so this is going to be definitely more organic.”

During rehearsals, Pink contacted Lenny Kravitz and jokingly stated she was rehearsing to be the opening act on his upcoming North American tour. She invited the rock singer to watch her rehearse. She also sent him a pair of black and pink panties with “The P!nk/Lenny Tour” written on them. Upon the completion of her North America dates, Pink continued to tour the United States as the opening act for the “Lenny Live Tour”. Once her outing with Kravitz was complete, the singer set out on a mini-tour of Europe, visiting England, Ireland and Germany. She continued her tour into Japan and New Zealand before touring Australia with the “Rumba Festival”.

The tour was sponsored by Bally Total Fitness, giving the tour the sponsored name, “Bally Total Fitness presents Pink’s ‘The Party Tour 2002′”. In conjunction with the sponsorship, the fitness center launched the “Get Your Body Started” movement classes in over 400 Ballys throughout the US and Canada. The centers also hosted dance competitions set to Missundaztood.

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Band:

  • Keyboards: Jason Chapman and Cassandra O’Neal
  • Drums: Mylious Johnson
  • Guitar: Rafael Moriera
  • Bass guitar: Janis Tanaka
  • Backing vocalist: Cassandra O’Neal and Janis Tanaka

Setlist: 

01. Instrumental Sequence (containing elements of Most Girls)
02. Get the Party Started
03. Missundaztood
04. 18 Wheeler
05. What’s Up?
06. Dear Diary
07. Respect
08. I Love You / You’re All I need to get by
09. Janie’s Got a Gun
10. You Make Me Sick
11. Just Like a Pill 
12. Lonely Girl 
13. Instrumental Sequence (containing elements of Sweet Child o’ Mine)
14. Numb
15. Summertime / Piece of my Heart / Me and Bobby McGee
16. Family Portrait
17. My Vietnam
Encore
18. Eventually 
19. There You Go
20. Don’t Let Me Get Me

Tour Dates:

02.05.02 – Phoenix, USA
04.05.02 – Tucson, USA
05.05.02 – Las Vegas, USA
07.05.02 – Salt Lake City, USA
09.05.02 – Denver, USA
10.05.02 – Bernalillo, USA
12.05.02 – Austin, USA
14.05.02 – Houston, USA
15.05.02 – Grand Prairie, USA
18.05.02 – Orlando, USA
19.05.02 – Fort Lauderdale, USA 
22.05.02 – Atlanta, USA
25.05.02 – Hershey, USA
26.05.02 – Wallingford, USA
28.05.02 – New York City, USA
29.05.02 – New York City, USA
31.05.02 – Boston,USA
01.06.02 – Upper Darby Township, USA
02.05.02 – East Rutherford, USA
04.06.02 – Washington D.C. USA
05.06.02 – Cleveland, USA
07.06.02 – Pittsburgh, USA
09.06.02 – Toronto, Canada
10.06.02 – Detroit, USA
12.06.02 – Rosemont, USA
13.06.02 – Minneapolis, USA
15.06.02 – Pasadena, USA
18.06.02 – Spokane, USA
19.06.02 – Vancouver, Canada 
22.06.02 – Portland, USA
24.06.02 – Santa Rosa, USA
25.06.02 – San Francisco, USA
28.06.02 – Los Angeles, USA
29.06.02 – Los Angeles, USA
30.06.02 – San Diego, USA

05.11.02 – Manchester, England
06.11.02 – Dublin, Ireland 
08.11.02 – Cologne, Germany
11.11.02 – Birmingham, England
12.11..02 – London, England

19.11.02 – Osaka, Japan
21.11.02 – Tokyo, Japan
22.22.02 – Tokyo, Japan

26.11.02 – Dunedin, New Zealand 
27.11.02 – Christchurch, New Zealand
29.11.02 – Wellington, New Zealand 
30.11.02 – Auckland, New Zealand
03.12.02 – Perth, Australia
06.12.02 – Adelaide, Australia
08.12.02 – Melbourne, Australia 
10.12.02 – Gold Coast, Australia
11.12.02 – Brisbane, Australia 
12.12.02 – Wollongong, Australia
14.12.02 – Sydney, Australia

18.12.02 – Honolulu, USA

Los Angeles Full Show
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On This Day in Pink History… 13th February 2013, The Truth About Love Tour started in Phoenix, USA

On This Day in Pink History… 13th February 2013, The Truth About Love Tour started in Phoenix, USA

The Truth About Love Tour was the sixth concert tour by P!nk. Sponsored by CoverGirl, and showcasing music from her sixth studio album The Truth About Love, the tour played over 140 shows in Australia, Europe and North America. Shows in Melbourne, Australia were recorded and released on a concert DVD, The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne.

you definitely don’t walk away from a Pink show shrugging your shoulders and muttering ‘meh.’ It’s far more likely that fans practically skip out of the building, feeling extremely satisfied with the experience and determined to tell others to ‘go see Pink next time she’s in town’ […] Honesty is, as they say, the best policy. And, after watching the Truth About Love Tour, I can honestly say that few, if any, performers deliver better pop spectacles than Pink.

by the time Pink was soaring gracefully through the air on cables stretched across the arena to perform “So What,” the singer had demonstrated an epic workout of vocals, stagecraft and stunt-work without missing a note. The night’s best special effect was Pink herself.

Over 320,000 tickets for the Australian leg of the tour were sold within a few hours of release. The tour broke records for a solo artist tour in Australia with over 650,000 tickets sold. 200,000 tickets were sold for shows in Melbourne breaking a record P!nk had set herself with 2009’s Funhouse Tour. At the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards, Pink won the award for “Top Boxscore”.

The first North American leg of tour grossed $28.3 million from 26 shows, with an average gross per city of $1,134,385. The European leg grossed $30.7 million. The nine-week leg of Australia was expected to generate $100 million.

In Australia, initial grosses reported topped $31.6 million ($29.2 million) from two venues in Sydney and one in Brisbane, however that total did not include the four-night stint in the city of Adelaide, and a record-breaking eighteen shows in Melbourne.

The Truth About Love Tour was the third highest grossing tour of 2013 behind Bon Jovi, and Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour. P!nk was also the highest grossing female touring artist of 2013.

The Truth About Love Tour broke two records at the Rod Laver Arena, in Melbourne, Australia. P!nk is the artist who has performed the most shows at the venue, with a significant 18 sold out shows on The Truth About Love Tour. This record surpassed her previous 17-show record at the venue during her 2009 Funhouse Tour. She was also the first artist to sell more than 250,000 tickets at the venue. In August 2013, P!nk was rewarded a plaque backstage, a second pink pole, a star at the venue’s entrance and Door 18 was painted pink.

P!nk broke Kylie Minogue’s record of most concerts by a female performer at the Entertainment Centre having played twenty-six shows at the venue. Her four sold-out shows at the Allphones Arena in Sydney with more than 67,000 tickets sold, broke the record set by fellow popstar Britney Spears in 2009 with her The Circus Tour.

After playing to nearly 15,000 fans per night in Perth, P!nk now also holds the record for most performances by an artist at the Perth Arena, as well as the top four attended events at the venue.

Michael Coppel, President and CEO of Live Nation Australia, thanked P!nk for spending three months on tour in this country. “Everyone at LNA has been thrilled to be involved in Pink’s record breaking tour, continuing a decade-long association with an artist who continues to set new standards and who has now sold in excess of 1.5 million tickets in Australia.”

The pop star broke her own mark at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena with the 18th sold out performance, having set a house record in 2009 with seventeen shows on her Funhouse tour. The combined gross of $29.2 million (US$) in Melbourne was the largest gross for any headliner at a single venue in 2013.

P!nk also sold out the KFC Yum!, in the process becoming the highest-grossing female artist to play the arena to date.

To transport and set up the tour, there was a chartered 747 jumbo jet, nineteen semi-trailers, and eighty crew members to set up 400 tons of equipment. She also opened her first pop-up store which featured things that are not normally available at her concerts. Merchandise included autographed items, backstage passes, T-shirts, key rings, show tickets, etc.

Setlist

  • 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/The Great Escape
  • Who Knew
  • Fuckin’ Perfect
  • Fire and Rain/Time After Time
  • Most Girls/There You Go/You Make Me Sick medley
  • Slut Like You
  • Blow Me

Encore:

  • So What
  • Glitter in the Air (not performed at all shows)

20 Years of P!nk… Lady Marmalade

Lady Marmalade

Release History
27th March 2001

Written by
Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan, Kimberly Jones, Missy Elliott

Album
Moulin Rouge! Soundtrack

Peak Position
Australia – 1
Austria – 3
Canada – 17
France – 12
Germany – 1
Ireland – 1
Italy – 6
Netherlands – 2
Sweden – 1 
UK – 1
US – 1

In 2001, the song Lady Marmalade appeared as part of a medley in the film Moulin Rouge!. For the film’s soundtrack album, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink recorded a cover version; it was released as the soundtrack’s first single in spring 2001. Produced by Missy Elliott and writing partner Rockwilder, it includes an intro and outro from Elliott. Lyrics were changed from the original version, transferring the song’s setting from New Orleans to the Paris nightclub Moulin Rouge.

This version of the song reached number-one in its eighth week on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and spent five weeks at the top of the chart, 26 years after Labelle’s version had reached number-one, making Lady Marmalade the ninth song in history to top the U.S. chart as performed as different artists. It was the third airplay-only song in Billboard chart history (after Aaliyah’s 2000 single Try Again and Shaggy’s 2001 single Angel) to hit number one without being released in a major commercially available single format.

The song also holds the record for the longest reigning number one on Billboard‘s Mainstream Top 40 chart for an all female collaboration, topping the chart for nine consecutive weeks. Lady Marmalade is the best-selling single for Lil’ Kim and Mýa. Lil’ Kim also held the record for having the longest number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 for a female rapper, with Lady Marmalade being on the top of the charts for 5 consecutive weeks, until Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s Fancy surpassed the record by holding on to the number one position for seven weeks in 2014. The song was included on non-US versions of Aguilera’s first greatest hits album, Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits. Lady Marmalade was the top selling song of 2001 and has sold 5.2 million copies worldwide as of December 2001.

The music video, directed by Paul Hunter, shows all four performers in lingerie in a cabaret-style video (with rapper Missy Elliott giving an introduction) and was filmed in Los Angeles with sets built to resemble the actual Moulin Rouge night club around the turn of the 20th century. Interviewed by MTV News, the singers expressed their excitement about the video. P!nk predicted the clip would be like a “circus on acid”. Christina gushed, “The video’s going to be dope”, while elaborating on the video’s concept, “We’re going to be having cabaret costumes. It’s something you’ve never seen from us before. So, it’s going to be fun.” The video’s art direction anachronistically merged hip-hop sensibility with the film’s French cabaret setting, thanks to some props and costumes actually used in the movie, according to Hunter’s office. Choreographer Tina Landon was hired to choreograph the video. Speaking on the collaboration, Christina said she embraced the idea of collaborating with Elliott, Pink, Mýa and Lil’ Kim on the track as soon as it was pitched to her. “I’m a fan of all of theirs, and just to be in the same song doing something with them—collaborating, which I love to do, is a really big thing for me”, she said. “And it’s cool to be out there before my next album comes out there, too.”

The video won the MTV Video Music Award for “Best Video of the Year” and “Best Video from a Film”. The song won the 2002 Grammy Award in the category of “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals”.

Music video

Making of

Pink talks about Lady Marmalade 

Try This Tour

Grammy Awards

Wango Tango

MTV Movie Awards 2001

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On This Day in Pink History… 8th February 2000, There You Go was released

On This Day in Pink History… 8th February 2000, There You Go was released

There You Go is Pink’s debut single from her debut album, Can’t Take Me Home. The song, written by Pink, Kandi Burruss and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, was released in the United States in February 2000. The song is noted for the longest consecutive debut at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and never peaking at No. 1, staying at No. 2 for ten consecutive weeks.

The single peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 2 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and number 6 on the UK Singles Chart. In Australia it was credited Platinum with sales of over 70,000.

Allmusic highlighted the song. Rob Brunner compared: “Briggs’s ‘There You Go’ is remarkably similar to his hits for Destiny’s Child (‘Bills, Bills, Bills’) and TLC (‘No Scrubs’) but minus the vocal interplay that gives those tunes their punch.” MTV Asia wrote that this song is an edgy cut that haves all that it takes to top the charts. Rolling Stone was also positive: “Her debut has one awesome single in ‘There You Go’, whose wronged-woman sass is set to a stop-start groove so bling-bling it redeems a chorus that ends, ‘Sometimes it be’s like that.'” Complex magazine named it the 11th best R&B song by a white singer in 2000s.

In the music video, Pink’s ex-boyfriend calls her asking for a ride, and she reluctantly agrees to give him one. Pink hops on a motorcycle and rides to the top of a parking structure overlooking her ex’s apartment, where she calls him on her cell. She then accelerates her motorcycle, jumps off at the last second, and watches as it soars off the building and crashes into his apartment window before exploding into flames. Pink then jumps into a car driven by a new guy, giving her ex the middle finger as they drive off. The Entertainment Weekly editor described the video with the following: “In the video for ‘There You Go’ — her smash single — the piqued Pink freaks, sending a motorcycle crashing into Floyd’s fab bachelor pad.”

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On This Day in Pink History… 7th February 2006, Stupid Girls was released

On This Day in Pink History… 7th February 2006, Stupid Girls was released

In 2006, Stupid Girls was released as the lead single from Pink’s fourth studio album, I’m Not Dead. The song was written by Pink, Billy Mann, Niklas Olovson and Robin Mortensen Lynch and produced by Billy Mann and MachoPsycho.

The single entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart at number twenty-four, the week’s highest debut and the highest debut of Pink’s career (later topped by her 2008 single, So What). It climbed to number thirteen, becoming Pink’s eighth top twenty single in the United States and her highest peaking single since “Just Like a Pill” (2002). Its peak on the Top 40 Mainstream airplay chart, however, did not match that of most of her previous singles. “Stupid Girls” remained on the Hot 100 for sixteen weeks, and it reached the top twenty on the Pop 100 and appeared on the Adult Top 40. It received airplay in nightclubs, peaking inside the top twenty on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. “Stupid Girls” was certified Gold by RIAA in February 2008.

The single was a bigger chart hit elsewhere—it reached number two on the Canadian Singles Chart, and on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, it entered at number four and is certified gold for sales of over 35,000. It was ranked number thirty-ninth on ARIA’s top 100 singles of 2006 list. It also peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Pink’s highest charting single in the UK since “Feel Good Time” (2003). It reached the top ten in most countries in Europe.

“Stupid Girls” was nominated in the category of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

The single was praised by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling on her official website. She wrote, “‘Stupid Girls’, is the antidote-anthem for everything I had been thinking about women and thinness.” About.com praised the song and highlighted it: “she has rarely been as pointed in her socio-political views as in the hit “Stupid Girls” (…) “Stupid Girls” is musically a dance/hip hop gem.” Allmusic praised her delivery when she’s taunting and teasing this song and it was titled as one of the standouts on album. Entertainment Weekly noted that this song has some verve. The Guardian was less positive noting that her vocals are superficial as the starlets she attacks. LA Times wrote that this song fuses many genres greatly and called it “hilarious feminist romp.” Jon Pareles was favorable: “the pop-reggae of Stupid Girls snidely dismisses the bimbos she sees everywhere, though she apparently has studied their habits closely.” PopMatters was positive: “On “Stupid Girlz”, she rails against the idea that women have to choose between being smart and being sexy, as if the two are mutually exclusive. Pink makes the case that women can be all that and more—”Girls with ambition,” she sings, “That’s what I want to see”. She sounds bewildered and exasperated when she says, in the frequently quoted lines:

What happened to the dream of a girl president? She’s dancing in the video next to 50 Cent They travel in packs of two or three With their itsy bitsy doggies and their teenie weenie tees

What could have easily been a rant turns into an adept social critique. The way she sings it, the problem isn’t 50 Cent’s video, it’s the idea that dancing in the video is the extent of a woman’s aspirations. The bit about the “itsy bitsy doggies” suggests a disdain for elitism and excess that makes you wonder if Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl” made Pink see red. It’s got the same playfully articulate vibe as George Clinton’s “Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends”. By the way, for those keeping score, the United States is on its forty-third consecutive male president. Female presidents? Zilch. Female rump shakers in music videos? Countless. Don’t look now, but it seems like Pink’s got a point.” Sal Cinqeman was favorable, too: “As always, Pink’s ragged vocals are better than she’s often given credit for and there’s still a rebel sensibility, at least lyrically, on the catchy lead single “Stupid Girls” (“Where, oh where, have all the smart people gone?” she begs, lambasting “porno paparazzi girls”—which would have made for a more fun title—the way she took aim at Britney two albums ago).” Rolling Stone praised the collaboration with Lilth Fair and added that she takes on ‘stupid girls’ with these lyrics “What happened to the dream of a girl president?/She’s dancing in the video next to 50 Cent.” Feminist website Feminspire were considerably more critical, naming the song in 2014 as one of “the top ten most sexist songs that aren’t rap or hip hop from the last 20 years”. Author Noor Al-Sibai remarked that: “Pink shits on these women who are too stupid to break out of the chains of patriarchy by harshly judging their promiscuity and blaming them for ‘giving in’ to sexist tropes. Because obviously, women are to blame for their sexist objectification.”

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On This Day in #PinkHistory… 4th February 2018, Pink performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

On This Day in #PinkHistory… 4th February 2018, Pink performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

Prior to Justin Timberlake playing the Super Bowl halftime show, Pink sang the national anthem, much to the delight of many Americans.

Although an impressive performance, some fans were left wondering why the singer was perhaps not performing at full capacity.

Before singing the song, Pink was seen spitting out something. Turns out, that was a throat lozenge (not gum as some believed), as the singer currently has the flu.

Responding to one critical Tweet (now deleted) saying Pink “sucked”, she wrote: “Yeah but at least I suck while singing our countries national anthem, and you just suck by yourself on a dirty couch.”

Pink also clarified that “It was a throat lozenge” adding: “All of your prayers and well wishes and candles got me through. Thank you for all of your love and support. We [emoji hear] you.”

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