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On This Day in Pink History… 21st December 2006, Dear Mr President was released

On This Day in Pink History… 21st December 2006, Dear Mr President was released

Dear Mr President was recorded for Pink’s fourth album, I’m Not Dead. The song, featuring Indigo Girls, is an open letter to then President of the United States, George W. Bush, written by Pink and Billy Mann. The song criticizes several areas of Bush’s administration and terms in office, including the Iraq War, No Child Left Behind Act, disapproval of equal rights for homosexuals, lack of empathy for poor and middle class citizens, Bush’s strong religious beliefs, and Bush’s drinking and drug usage in college. Pink felt that it was one of the most important songs she had ever written.

The song received positive reviews by music critics. Bill Lamb noted that Pink has rarely made songs about social problems: “the searing anti-Bush “Dear Mr. President” (…) “a folkie singalong” (…) The Indigo Girls lend their sizable instrumental and background vocal punch” and he highlighted it.Robert Christgau noted that Pink thinks “Bush did coke and teens care about the homeless.” Entertainment Weekly described Dear Mr. President “with its incongruous folkie social concern and Bush-baiting applause lines.” Los Angeles Times said that Pink taps her inner Ani DiFranco on the confrontational “Dear Mr. President.” NY Times noted that the song is “well meaning” and “hectoring” and that it grows even more sententious. PopMatters praised the single with long overview: “Oh, and speaking of presidents, Pink’s musical letter to the Commander-in-Chief (“Dear Mr. President”) is just as topical. The Indigo Girls tag along for moral support and, with lyrics like “How can you say, ‘no child is left behind’ / we’re not dumb and we’re not blind” or “You’ve come a long way, from whiskey and cocaine”, you just know that if she’d made the song a few years earlier, it would have been featured in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911. You also get the impression that this is personal for Pink, that she’s not doing it to be trendy. On the lyric page for “Dear Mr. President”, there’s a picture of Pink in an oval frame. Red, white, and blue ribbons are tied to the frame and her father’s dog tags share the reddish page.” Rolling Stone told that Pink writes a scathing letter in “Dear Mr. President” (“You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine!”) and critic praised “cooing righteous folk harmonies with Indigo Girls.” Sal Cinquemani was mixed: “”Dear Mr. President,” which cleverly uses George W. Bush’s own words against him, pales next to Missundaztood’s “My Vietnam.”

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A music video was released with the single of a live performance of Dear Mr President, recorded in the UK on the I’m Not Dead tour.

Chart Peak Positions:

  • Australia – 5
  • German Singles Chart – 3
  • UK Singles Chart – 34

On This Day in Pink History… 3rd November 2006 Pink played at AVO Sessions in Switzerland

On This Day in Pink History… 3rd November 2006 Pink played at AVO Sessions in Switzerland

Setlist:

Trouble

Just Like A Pill

Stupid Girls

Who Knew

Family Portrait

18 Wheeler

Don’t Let Me Get Me

I’m Not Dead

There You Go

Nobody Knows

What’s Up

Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)

The One That Got Away

Dear Mr President

Get The Party Started

On This Day in Pink History… 27th September 2006, The I’m Not Dead (arena) Tour started

On This Day in Pink History… 27th September 2006, The I’m Not Dead (arena) Tour started

On 27th September 2006, Pink played in Zurich, Switzerland, which kicked off the beginning of the I’m Not Dead arena Tour.

The tour supported Pink’s fourth studio album, I’m Not Dead, and she played in Europe and Australia, while also opening for Justin Timberlake in USA in January 2007.

However, this was not the start of the I’m Not Dead tour, as Pink had played a club tour in USA in summer 2006. Following the Australian arena tour (2007), Pink then returned to Europe to play smaller venues and festivals. South Africa and Asia was also included in the 2007 tour.

This Pink History article will focus on the arena tour throughout Europe and Australia, as well as the opening of Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveShow Tour.

Setlist:

On This Day in #PinkHistory… 28th August 2006 U + Ur Hand was released

On This Day in Pink History… 28th August 2006, U+Ur Hand was released

Pink reportedly wanted “U + Ur Hand” to be the second single from I’m Not Dead, but “Who Knew” was released as the second and “U + Ur Hand” was instead released as the third. The single had success in Europe, reaching number ten in the UK, number four in Germany and number 11 in France; it peaked inside the top ten on the European Hot 100 Singles chart.

Pink wrote the song with Max Martin, Luke Gottwald, and Rami to mock the men who would flirt with her in clubs. The title refers to the line “looks like it’s just me and my hand tonight,” which was a phrase she’d heard guys using.

On This Day in Pink History… 14th August 2007, Pink played at the Brixton Academy in London [VIDEOS]

On This Day in Pink History… 14th August 2007, Pink played at the Brixton Academy in London 

Stupid Girls

Try Too Hard

Trouble

U + Ur Hand

My Vietnam

I’m Not Dead

Piece Of My Heart

Whats Up

Videos from YouTube by satanspuppet81 & Chris L