On This Day in Pink History… 19th February 2004, The Try This Tour started

On This Day in Pink History… 19th February 2004, The Try This Tour started

19.02.04

The First Set

The Second Set

The Third & Acoustic Set

The Fourth Set

Encore

The Try This tour was Pink’s second headlining tour. It started in Dublin, Ireland, and went to cities all over Europe. The tour then went to Australia, before coming back to Europe for festivals in the summer.

  1. Can’t Take Me Home
  2. There You Go
  3. Split Personality
  4. Most Girls
  5. Lady Marmalade (contains excerpts from Beautiful)
  6. I Wanna Rock
  7. Don’t Let Me Get Me
  8. 18 Wheeler
  9. Family Portrait
  10. Just like a Pill
  11. Respect
  12. Medley: My Vietnam / Misery / Eventually
  13. Medley: Summertime / Me and Bobby McGee / Piece of My Heart
  14. Feel Good Time
  15. God Is a DJ
  16. Oh My God
  17. Trouble
  18. Last to Know
  19. Try Too Hard
  20. Unwind

Encore

  1. Welcome to the Jungle
  2. Get the Party Started

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On This Day in Pink History… 19th February 2002, Don’t Let Me Get Me was released

On This Day in Pink History… 19th February 2002, Don’t Let Me Get Me was released

19.02.02

Don’t Let Me Get Me was released as the second single from Pink’s second album, Missundaztood.

Lyrics

The song earned positive reports from music critics, but most gave sensitively mixed reviews upon her self-hating lyrical content. Robert Christgau in his consumer guide for MSN wrote that “Despite Pink’s audacious claim that she’s not as pretty as ‘damn Britney Spears,’ celebrity anxiety takes a backseat to a credible personal pain rooted in credible family travails, a pain held at bay by expression.” Jim Farber of Entertainment Weekly wrote that “In Don’t Let Me Get Me, she turns self-loathing into a perverse kind of anthem.”

Jason Thompson of PopMatters wrote, “on the power rock of ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me,’ Pink herself tells it like it is and attempts to break free from the image making machine. ‘Tired of being compared / To damn Britney Spears / She’s so pretty / That just ain’t me.’ Well, that’s debatable in itself, but the fact that Pink takes it upon herself to call Spears out should be nothing short of revelatory. Spears certainly has nothing on Pink in the vocal department. Pink can actually sing. And damn well, mind you.”

Jim Alexander wrote a negative review, saying that the rest of Missundaztood is full of bad songs and that “‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’ and ‘Dear Diary’ see all pop joy expunged for acoustic seriousness, dreary unobtrusive beats and lyrics about relationship woes and record company badness.”

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Peak Chart Positions:

  • Australia – 8
  • Germany – 10
  • New Zealand – 1
  • UK – 6
  • US Billboard Hot 100 – 8

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

13.02.13

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… 13th February 2001, You Make Me Sick was released

On This Day in Pink History… 13th February 2001, You Make Me Sick was released

13.02.01

You Make Me Sick” is a song by American recording artist Pink. It was written by Brainz Dimilo, Anthony President, and Mark Tabb for her album Can’t Take Me Home (2000), while production was helmed by Dimilo, Presiden and Babyface.

The contemporary R&B song was released as third and final single from her album. A moderate chart success, it peaked at number thirty-three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the UK Singles Chart. The accompanying music video for “You Make Me Sick” was filmed in late 2000 and directed by Dave Meyers, whom Pink collaborated with previously on her first two music videos from Can’t Take Me Home.

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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

08.02.00

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

07.02.06

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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