On This Day in Pink History… 16th September 2009, Pink performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Show
On This Day in Pink History… 22nd August 2008, So What music video was released
In 2008, Pink teamed up with Dave Meyers (who she also worked with for previous music videos such as There You Go, Most Girls, You Make Me Sick, Get The Party Started & Don’t Let Me Get Me), to shoot the new video for the debut single from her fifth studio album, Funhouse.
The video begins in a tattoo parlour, Pink is getting a tattoo of a red void mark on her arm across an existing tattoo before the scene cuts to Pink riding down Sunset Boulevard on a lawnmower and drinking alcohol. Pink is then shown entering Guitar Center browsing guitars. She pretends to play before attempting to smash it into the ground, but she is restrained by a store clerk which leads to them engaging in a fight. Pink is shown cutting down a tree engraved with her real name and her estranged husband’s names with a chainsaw. She cries on the chainsaw, while telling herself that she is all right, right before the tree falls and nearly crushes her neighbor. After this, Pink is sitting in a bar after losing her table to Jessica Simpson, accompanied by a man who is playing the drums out of glasses. The next scene goes to Pink on a motorbike, while a newly wedded couple in a car pull up beside her and wave and smile at her. Jealous and outraged at the happy newlyweds, Pink is shown throwing objects at the car and popping the blown up condoms used to decorate the vehicle, before climbing onto it and playfully (albeit violently) attacking the vehicle. Pink is then shown stripping on the red carpet, surrounded by photographers, she takes off her jacket to reveal her (blurred) nude body. The paparazzi all snap photos of her as she does choreography from Michael Jackson’s video for “Thriller” naked, but more akin to Austin Powers 2. Then while getting her hair done, her stylist applies hairspray, as Pink turns on her cigarette lighter, accidentally setting her hair on fire. Also shown are two men urinating in beer bottles, which they give to Pink, however Pink passes them to two guys walking past her. They drink it and then realizing what it is, spit it out in disgust. Finally, Pink is shown surrounded by men and women in their underwear engaging in a pillow fight. The video then cuts between all the scenes shown in the video before ending with Pink poking her tongue at the camera with her husband. Pink is also shown performing the song in concert near the end. Pink’s husband Carey Hart makes cameos throughout the video, such as a scene where they are talking as newspaper headlines flash behind them. Producer Butch Walker also makes a cameo. Pink has stated that Hart had not heard the song prior to arriving for the video shoot. The video was ranked on VH1 as the 3rd best music video of 2008 on the Top 40 Videos of 2008. On Facebook it was the second favorite video of 2008. The scene from the video where Pink’s hair is set on fire is censored on MTV UK and its sister channels. That scene is replaced with other short clips from the video
On This Day in Pink History… 3rd August 2009, Funhouse single was released
Funhouse is the fifth single from Pink’s fifth studio album of the same name. The track was written by P!nk, Jimmy Harry and Tony Kanal who also produced the song. It holds the title of the album and, just like most of the album’s tracks, the song speaks about P!nk’s split with motocrossrider Carey Hart.
Funhouse received acclaim from critics, being regarded as one of the musical and lyrical highlights of the album. There’s More Where That Came From’ gave the song an A- stating, “‘Funhouse’ has the energy of ‘So What’ but surpasses it half-way through, when the song breaks into true rocker mode. Something we haven’t seen from Pink since ‘Trouble’ back in 2003!” Billboard also gave the song a very positive review, saying “Pink again displays her versatility on this complex number, which calls for blues, funk and rock vocal stylings that few other pop stars could pull off. The singer delivers with full force, colliding with lively guitar licks and hints of synth” and giving it an 81% approval.
Funhouse became Pink’s 16th Top 10 single in Australia, climbing to a chart peak of number six. The song also became Pink’s 5th consecutive #1 single on the Australian Airplay Chart, with all 4 previous singles from Funhouse peaking at #1 too. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 18, becoming Pink’s fifth consecutive top twenty hit from the Funhouse album. It has since peaked at number 15. It also made its chart debut on the Turkey Top 20 Chart at number twenty-five. Funhouse first appeared on the UK Singles Chart in July, 2009 at number 155. It climbed 30 spots to 125 a week later. It currently peaks at twenty-nine. Also in the UK, the song has been added to the B List of the Radio 1 Playlist. It is expected to climb in the following weeks due to the physical release of the single. In August 2009, Funhouse debuted at the Dutch Top 40 at number 31, making this her 19th entry on the chart. Funhouse debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at #80 and has risen to a peak of #21. The song was released in later August, 2009 in the U.S., and in October, the song debuted at number 23 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. The following week, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #97 and peaked at #44.
The music video was directed by Dave Meyers and premiered in June, 2009 in the United Kingdom on 4music. Tony Kanal of No Doubt, also the co-writer and the producer of the song, appears in a cameo, playing a piano. The video takes place in a barren lot that is later shown to be what’s left of a house that is still burning. There are ‘evil clowns’ throughout the area who are picking though the rubble and playing the instruments as the band. The video begins as it pans low to the ground showing an “Elvis” grave briefly. Pink emerges from an old empty pool and begins to sing the first verse. She proceeds to kick over a toilet and picks up a framed photo. She throws it behind her. She passes a toaster and now it shows that she is in a burning fun house. She dances past a few ‘evil clowns’. It shows more of the burning remains of the building. She picks up a stick and throws it down. Then an ‘evil clown’ turns around and the camera has a close up of its face. She counts down from 9. (She quickly shows her middle finger on ‘5’ but on most versions of the video that is blurred out.) She moves to a table and takes a sip of some red liquid but becomes disgusted and throws it down. She jumps onto a mattress attached to a chain which two ‘evil clowns’ are pulling. She gets off the mattress and climbs onto the burning fun house. It shows four ‘evil clowns’ (Two are miming with each other, one is playing the guitar and the last is just standing on its own.) She goes over to the guitar playing clown and dances with it. She proceeds to count down from 9 again. She climbs through a doggie door to find Tony Kanal playing the piano. Pink moves to a motorcycle and puts on sunglasses and a leather jacket. In the background a voice is counting down from 9. At one she rides away on the motorcycle as the house explodes. It then shows her riding her motorcycle on a road as the song ends.
On This Day in Pink History… 2nd August 2009, Pink played at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and broke the record for the most shows played at the venue by one artist on one tour
In 2009, Pink was on the road with the Funhouse tour and the tour hit Australia from May to August 2009. During that time, Pink performed at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on seventeen nights with ticket sales topping $17.2 million ($21.7 Australian). The combined attendance for all shows at the Melbourne venue was 214,956.
On This Day in Pink History… 13th June 2010, Pink played at the Isle of Wight Festival on the Summer Carnival Tour
Just Like A Pill
Dear Mr President
Medley: My Generation/Basketcase (with Butch Walker)
Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
On This Day in Pink History… 29th May 2010, The Summer Carnival Tour started
In October 2009, Pink’s fifth tour, The Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour, was announced by tour promoter, Eventim. This was Pink’s first ever headlining stadium tour, and took place in Europe. The tour was different from her previous tour (Funhouse Tour), with a new setlist and less acrobatics.
For the tour, 3 music videos were filmed which were shown throughout the show. The new videos for Please Don’t Leave Me, Funhouse and Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) were also included in the Greatest Hits… So Far! album released in 2010.
Pink had a number of support acts on this tour playing at different venues across Europe, some of these included VV Brown, Gossip, The Ting Tings, Paolo Nutini and Butch Walker and the Black Widows. Pink has been working with Butch Walker since her fourth album, I’m Not Dead, and Butch played some of his own shows in Europe throughout the time he was on tour with Pink. He also appeared back on stage during Pink’s show to perform a few duets.
The setlist was more or less the same at each venue, with a few changes. For example, Whataya Want From Me was performed until the Sunderland date, where it was replaced by What’s Up (originally by 4 Non Blondes). During a show in Germany, Pink performed I Don’t Believe You and Dear Mr President which were then a permanent addition to the setlist.
At the show in Nuremberg, Pink was not attached to her harness correctly during the performance of So What and fell, landing in the barricade. The show was immediately stopped, but Pink later tweeted that she had no broken bones and no serious injuries. No shows were cancelled because of this accident, and Pink performed the stunt for So What 4 days later in Prague.
There were 34 shows in total across Europe, including festivals.
Text by @troublepink, info from WikipediaEURO STADIUMS WILL BE ROCKING OUT TO P!NK IN JUNE AND JULY
Last weekendP!nk kicked off her explosive Funhouse Summer Carnival stadium tour in Cologne, Germany to a packed out stadium of 52,000 adoring fans!
As a giant cannon fired from the stage, Pink flew over the crowds bedecked in gold wings from a magic box hanging 100 feet above the stadium to perform the crowd-pleasing opener ‘Get the Party Started’ and wow did the girl deliver a show to remember!
In trueP!nk style she performed all the show stopping tunes and some new breathtaking stunts including rolling over the audience in a huge inflatable ball and flying across the stadium in a green sequined leotard for the finale of ‘So What’.
The set list featured new hits from Funhouse as well as classic hits ‘I’m Not Dead’, ‘Just Like A Pill’ and ‘U & Ur Hand’.
Fans were treated to a cover of The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ with support Butch Walker taking to the stage to perform the medley with P!nk.
Brace yourself for a treat if you are one of the lucky fans with tickets to The Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour!
- Get the Party Started
- Ave Mary A
- Who Knew
- Bad Influence
- Just Like a Pill
- Please Don’t Leave Me
- I’m Not Dead
- I Don’t Believe You
- Dear Mr. President
- Mean (performed with Butch Walker)Medley: (all songs performed with Butch Walker)My Generation
- Basket Case
- What’s Up
- Whataya Want from Me
- Try Too Hard
- U + Ur Hand
- Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
- So What
- Jason Chapman – Musical director/Keyboards/Vocals
- Mark Schulman – Drums/Cello
- Justin Derrico – Lead guitar
- Eva Gardner – Bass
- Kat Lucas – Keyboards/Rhythm guitar/Vocals
- Jenny Douglas-McRae – Background vocals
- Stacy Campbell – Background vocals
- Addie Yungmee – Dancer
- Nikki Tuazon – Dancer
On This Day in Pink History… 8th May 2009, Bad Influence was released
Bad Influence was the fourth single to be released from Pink’s fifth studio album, Funhouse. It was released in Australia on 8th May 2009, and in 2010 in Europe.
Bad Influence was written by Pink, with Billy Mann, Butch Walker, Robin Mortensen Lynch and Niklas Olovson, while production was handled by Machopsycho and Billy Mann. It is a straight up rock chick party song that makes no apologies for wilding out with your gal pals once in a while. Pink stated: “I’m with the Hindus on that one,” the singer laughs. “Pleasure for pleasure’s sake is not a guilty sin.”
The song was chosen as the album’s fourth single following its use in an Optus advertisement, promoting her Funhouse Tour. The track was also played frequently on Channel Pink on Channel V Australia, as well as becoming the theme for the Volkswagen Polo commercials in Europe.
Bad Influence was the opening track on the setlist for the 2009 Funhouse Tour
The song was the most added song to the radio in Australia in its first week of release. On the ARIA Singles Chart, the song peaked at number 6, and has been certified Gold, selling over 35,000 copies. On the Australian Airplay Chart, the song became Pink’s 4th consecutive #1 song on the chart, and 4th from the album. In New Zealand, “Bad Influence” debuted at number thirty three in May, 2009, rising to number twenty seven later. It has so far peaked at number twelve. It entered the UK charts at #161 in October 2009 because of the advert, peaked at #123. Bad Influence entered the German Singles Chart at #26 in April 2010.
The PinkHistory website has been open since May 2014. It has since had over 100k views and as Pink’s career grows, so does the website!
Over the last few weeks I have spent time updating the website, clearing it up and made the big change of renaming the domain web address from PinkHistoryOfficial.com to PinkHistory.blog
This new domain is shorter and easier to remember!
Other changes and updates are as follows:
- European tour dates have been added to the Beautiful Trauma tour page. Don’t forget, we are still keeping PinkHistory tour spoiler free, so check out the page dedicated to the tour to find special social media groups for discussion on all things tour related.
- Links page has been updated
- Try This Special pages have been taken down. This is due to dead YouTube video links.
- Pink’s top 25 moments & 15 iconic performances (2000-2014) post has been updated with the dead YouTube video links being replaced.
- Beautiful Trauma album page has been updated.
- Hurts 2B Human has been added to the discography and a page for the album has been added.
- Updated links on the Full Concerts page.
- Updated Singles Discography
- Hurts 2B Human lyrics added to the lyrics section.
- Some old posts have been deleted and the old style collage pics have been removed.
Because of the change in the web address, it meant that the artwork on the website was outdated as it had the old web address linked. So all of the artwork has been redone to include the new web address – PinkHistory.blog. This also included changing every song header in the lyrics section of the website.
On This Day in Pink History… 6th November 2008 Pink attended the MTV European Music Awards
On This Day in Pink History… 4th November 2008, Pink performed at Cafe de Paris in London, UK
- Who Knew
- One Foot Wrong
- Killing Me Softly
- Please Don’t Leave Me
- I Don’t Believe You
- Dear Mr President
- So What
Note: Setlist from setlist.fm – order may be incorrect