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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)

On This Day in Pink History… 31st January 2014, The Truth About Love Tour ended in Las Vegas

On This Day in Pink History… 31st January 2014, The Truth About Love Tour ended in Las Vegas

The Truth About Love Tour Facts:

  • The Truth About Love Tour was Pink’s sixth concert tour
  • Started on 13th February 2013, ended on 31st January 2014
  • There were 4 legs of the tour. 46 in Australia, 30 in Europe and 66 in North America. A total of 142 shows.
  • Earned box office $184,061,847
  • Shows in Melbourne, Australia, were recorded for the tour DVD, The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne
  • The opening song was Raise Your Glass
  • Pink closed the show with So What at most shows (some shows were closed with Glitter in the Air performance of the Grammys). The stunts from the Carnival Tour were performed for So What.
  • Pink broke her own record at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. On the Funhouse tour in 2009, Pink played a record 17 shows. On the Truth About Love Tour she played 18. Pink was rewarded a plaque backstage, a second pink pole, a star at the venue’s entrance and Door 18 was painted pink
  • To transport and set up the tour, there is a chartered 747 jumbo jet, 19 semi-trailers, and 80 crew members to set up her 400 tons of equipment.
  • Pink opened her first “pop up” store in Australia  which features things that are not normally available at her concerts. Merchandise includes autographed items, backstage passes, T-shirts, key rings, show tickets, etc.

Band/Backing singers/Dancers

  • Jason Chapman – Keyboards/Vocals
  • Justin Derrico – Lead guitar
  • Mark Schulman – Drums
  • Eva Gardner – Bass
  • Kat Lucas – Keyboards/Rhythm guitar/Vocals
  • Stacy Campbell – Backgound vocals
  • Jenny Douglas-McRae – Background vocals
  • Tracy Shibata – Dance Captain
  • Reina Hidalgo – Dancer
  • Colt Prattes – Dancer
  • Khasan Brailsford – Dancer
  • Janelle Ginestra – Dancer
  • Loriel Hennington – Dancer
  • Remi Bakkar – Dancer
  • Jimmy Slonina – Host/Rubix

WHAT’s UP?!?

The TRUTH ABOUT LOVE TOUR

Are we all really here together? AGAIN?!? Maybe for the first time? THIS. IS. SO. EXCITING!

It feels like just yesterday I was hanging by my ankles from a Frenchman. OHWAIT it WAS yesterday…

I am so grateful for this moment, for all of you… for every one I share the stage with, for all the “behind-the-scenes” peeps we have back here – all of us – including you are the family I thank my lucky stars for every night.

The heartbreak, the heartache, the JOURNEY whatever it is that brought us all here tonight LETS BLOW THIS PLACE APART…

I love you more

xoxo P!nk

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On This Day in Pink History… 29th October 2012, Try was released

On This Day in Pink History… 29th October 2012, Try was released

Try is the second single to be released from Pink’s 2012 album, The Truth About Love. The song was originally sung by GoNorthToGoSouth, a band fronted by Ben West and Michael Busbee.

The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who praised its production. Andrew Hampp of Billboard commented “With a melody reminiscent of ‘Whataya Want from Me,’ the 2009 hit she penned for Adam Lambert, the single already pairs well sonically with Pink’s catalog. Josh Langhoff of PopMatters called it “an ode to romantic persistence over crisp ‘Hysteria’ guitars.” John Murphy of musicOMH wrote that ‘Try’ “demonstrates that she has a voice that not enough people give her credit for. For want of a better phrase, it’s a full-on power ballad, with yet more references to love going wrong, and the sort of thing you can imagine someone like Kelly Clarkson pulling off in her sleep.” Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush also saw similarities with Clarkson, writing, “It’s a belter with a soulful voice, and she sounds like Kelly Clarkson with this song. The midtempo track finds Pink mourning, lamenting and musing on a relationship that is breaking down at its core. It hurts, but this song is a salve over the wound.”

Dean Piper of Mirror Online wrote: “The stand out track and an obvious international radio hit is ‘Try.’ Think how big and fabulous ‘Who Knew’ was – ‘Try’ is on the same wavelength.” Sarah Rodman of Boston Globe called it a “keeper and an urging-to-victory battle cry,” Robert Copsey of Digital Spy described it as “a ballad of the stadium-filling, lighter-waving variety.” while Caryn Ganz of Spin called it a “breakup salve.” Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song 4 out of possible 5, writing: “Although she may not be treading new ground sonically, her passionate tones and solid determination will continue her chart presence – and rightly so.” However, Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine was less positive, writing that “the midtempo ‘Try’ doesn’t push Pink forward either, and it’s marred by singsong lyrics.” Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune also shared the same thought, writing: “No one, not even Pink, can save lyrics such as these.”

Pink stated that the video is one of the most beautiful music videos of her career. Read more about the music video here.

The single was released with the b-side My Signature Move.

Charts/Peak Positions

  • Australia ARIA – 6
  • France SNEP – 15
  • Germany – 2
  • UK Singles Chart – 8
  • US Billboard Hot 100 – 9

On This Day in Pink History… 10th October 2012, Try music video was released

On This Day in Pink History… 10th October 2012, Try music video was released

Try was released as the second single from Pink’s sixth studio album, The Truth About Love.

Pink has described the video as one of the most beautiful music videos of her career. The video was directed by Floria Sigismondi and choreographed by the Golden Boyz and stunt choreographer, Sebastien Stella. It was inspired by the Apache dance, a highly-stylized Parisian street performance. Pink’s partner in the video is Broadway dancer, Colt Prattes, who also joined Pink on The Truth About Love Tour.

“Making this video was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire career,” said Pink. “I never wanted it to end. It’s my favorite video ever.”

“My mom, after seeing the new video… ‘Wow, honey. I’m speechless. And uncomfortable. No one can ever say you play it safe.”

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On This Day in Pink History… 17th September 2012, The Truth About Love was released

On This Day in Pink History… 17th September 2012, The Truth About Love was released

The Truth About Love is Pink’s sixth studio album, released on 17th September 2012 in the UK. The Truth About Love samples rock music influences and is generally themed about relationships, breakups and the different stages and cases of love, while tackling issues of feminism, sexual prowess and social exclusion. It features guest artists Eminem, Lily Allen and Nate Ruess of American band Fun.

The album was a huge success worldwide, reaching number one on the Billboard Chart, selling 281,000 copies in its first week becoming her first number one album in America. The album also debuted at number one in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, and Switzerland. As of July 2014, the album has sold 2 million copies in the US, and estimated 7 million copies worldwide, becoming her most successful album since 2001’s Missundaztood.

Six singles were released from the album:

  1. Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
  2. Try
  3. Just Give Me A Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)
  4. True Love
  5. Walk of Shame
  6. Are We All We Are

Track list / Writers / Producers

  1. Are We All We Are / Pink, Butch Walker, John Hill, Emile Haynie / Walker, Hill, Haynie
  2. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) / Pink, Greg Kurstin / Kurstin
  3. Try / Busbee, Ben West / Kurstin
  4. Just Give Me A Reason (feat Nate Ruess) / Pink, Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess / Bhasker
  5. True Love (feat Lily Allen) / Pink, Kurstin, Allen / Kurstin
  6. How Come You’re Not Here / Pink, Kurstin / Kurstin
  7. Slut Like You / Pink, Max Martin, Shellback / Max Martin, Shellback
  8. The Truth About Love / Pink, Billy Mann, David Schuler / Mann, Schuler
  9. Beam Me Up / Pink, Mann / Mann
  10. Walk of Shame / Pink, Kurstin / Kurstin
  11. Here Comes The Weekend (feat Eminem) / Pink, Khalil Abdul Rahman, Pranam Injeti, Liz Rodrigues, Marshall Mathers / DJ Khalil, Chin Injeti, The New Royales, John Brown
  12. Where Did The Beat Go? / Pink, Mann, Jon Keep, Steve Daly / Mann, Tracklacers
  13. The Great Escape / Pink, Dan Wilson / Wilson
  14. My Signature Move / Pink, Walker, Jake Sinclair / Walker
  15. Is This Thing On? / Pink, Walker, Sinclair / Walker
  16. Run / Pink, Walker, Sinclair / Walker
  17. Good Old Days / Pink, Mann, Schuler / Mann, Schuler
  18. Chaos & Piss / Pink, Francis White / Eg White
  19. Timebomb / Pink, Kurstin / Kurstin

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