Party Tour

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Party Tour
World tour by Pink
Pink tptposter.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour
Associated album Missundaztood
Start date February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05)
End date December 18, 2002 (2002-12-18)
Legs 4
No. of shows 36 in North America
5 in Europe
3 in Asia
11 in Australasia
55 Total
Pink concert chronology

The Party Tour was the debut concert tour by American singer-songwriter, Pink. The tour supported her second studio album Missundaztood (2001).

Background[edit]

While promoting her second studio album, Missundaztood, Pink stated she was proud of the "new" sound of the album and was ready to go on the road with her new band.[1] Planning the tour, 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 girl group "Candy Ass" because she's always wanted to be in an all-girl 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.[2]

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 where touring the U.S. as well in sports arenas and amphitheaters. Pink (who previous condemned the comparisons[1]) 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."[2]

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".[3] 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".[4]

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.[5]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Most Girls" (Instrumental Introduction)
  2. "Get the Party Started"
  3. "Missundaztood"
  4. "18 Wheeler"
  5. "What's Up?"
  6. "Dear Diary"
  7. "Respect"
  8. Medley: "I Love You" / "You're All I Need to Get By"
  9. "Janie's Got a Gun"1
  10. "You Make Me Sick"
  11. "Just Like a Pill"
  12. "Lonely Girl"
  13. "Sweet Child o' Mine" (Instrumental Interlude)
  14. "Numb"
  15. Medley: "Summertime" / "Piece of My Heart" / "Me and Bobby McGee"
  16. "Family Portrait"
  17. "My Vietnam" (contains elements of "The Star-Spangled Banner")
Encore
  1. "Eventually"
  2. "There You Go"
  3. "Don't Let Me Get Me"

1Performed at select dates

Source:[7]

Additional notes[edit]

  • During the concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Pink performed "Misery" with Steven Tyler in lieu of "Janie's Got a Gun"[8]

The Band[edit]

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

Source:[7]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America [9][10]
May 2, 2002 Phoenix United States Web Theatre
May 4, 2002 Tucson AVA Amphitheater
May 5, 2002 Las Vegas Rain in the Desert
May 7, 2002 Salt Lake City Kingsbury Hall
May 9, 2002 Denver Fillmore Auditorium
May 10, 2002 Bernalillo Cheenh Lounge
May 12, 2002 Austin Austin Music Hall
May 14, 2002 Houston Aerial Theatre
May 15, 2002 Grand Prairie NextStage
May 18, 2002 Orlando Hard Rock Live
May 19, 2002 Fort Lauderdale Au-Rene Theater
May 22, 2002 Atlanta The Tabernacle
May 25, 2002 Hershey Hershey Star Pavilion
May 26, 2002 Wallingford CareerBuilder.com Oakdale Theatre
May 28, 2002 New York City Beacon Theatre
May 29, 2002
May 31, 2002 Boston Orpheum Theatre
June 1, 2002 Upper Darby Township Tower Theater
June 2, 2002[A] East Rutherford Giants Stadium
June 4, 2002 Washington, D.C. Nation
June 5, 2002 Cleveland Tower City Amphitheatre
June 7, 2002 Pittsburgh I.C. Light Amphitheater
June 9, 2002 Toronto Canada Massey Hall
June 10, 2002 Detroit United States State Theatre
June 12, 2002 Rosemont Rosemont Theatre
June 13, 2002 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre
June 15, 2002[B] Pasadena Rose Bowl
June 18, 2002 Spokane Spokane Opera House
June 19, 2002 Vancouver Canada Orpheum Theatre
June 22, 2002 Portland United States Theatre of Clouds
June 24, 2002 Santa Rosa Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
June 25, 2002 San Francisco Warfield Theater
June 28, 2002 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre
June 29, 2002
June 30, 2002 San Diego Del Mar Arena
September 2, 2002 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion
September 14, 2002 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center
Europe[11]
November 5, 2002 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
November 6, 2002 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
November 8, 2002 Cologne Germany E-Werk
November 11, 2002 Birmingham England Carling Academy Birmingham
November 12, 2002 London Brixton Academy
Asia[11]
November 19, 2002 Osaka Japan Koseinenkin Hall
November 21, 2002 Tokyo Tokyo International Forum
November 22, 2002 Shibuya Public Hall
Australia/New Zealand[11]
November 26, 2002 Dunedin New Zealand Dunedin Town Hall
November 27, 2002 Christchurch Westpac Centre
November 29, 2002 Wellington Queens Wharf Events Center
November 30, 2002[C] Auckland Western Springs Stadium
December 3, 2002[C] Perth Australia Subiaco Oval
December 6, 2002[C] Adelaide Adelaide Oval
December 8, 2002[C] Melbourne Colonial Stadium
December 10, 2002 Gold Coast Twin Towns S Club
December 11, 2002[C] Brisbane ANZ Stadium
December 12, 2002 Wollongong Wollongong Entertainment Centre
December 14, 2002[C] Sydney Stadium Australia
North America[12]
December 18, 2002 Honolulu United States Blaisdell Arena
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of "Zootopia"[13]
B This concert was a part of "Wango Tango"[8]
C These concerts were a part of "Rumba Festival"[14]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Beacon Theatre New York City 5,509 / 5,788 (95%) $208,260[15]
Blaisdell Arena Honolulu 3,639 / 4,870 (75%) $139,530[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Overall, the tour received high praise from critics. Many noted Pink's raw energy displayed during her concerts, taking the audience on a musical roller coaster of R&B, rock and pop music. Some critics drew comparisons of the Philadelphia singer to Madonna. Robin Vaughn (The Boston Phoenix) writes, "Chrissie Hynde she's not, but somewhere between Shirley Manson and Madonna, Pink's rock-star niche is a natural. Pink's material may not be revolutionary art, but revolution, however vaguely imagined, was clearly a theme, she gave the girls some grown-up stuff to think about, and it wasn’t heavy on how to be a 21st-century bimbo".[17] Christina Fuoco commented on Pink's performance at Phoenix's Web Theatre stating, "She was playful, holding the microphone over the crowd to let them sing the chorus of "There You Go", one of the few tunes from Can't Take Me Home she played, the playfulness segued to visual irritation when a fan threw a tampon on stage as a gift.".[18] A staff writer for NME writes, "All of which would amount to sweet FA, of course, if it wasn't for the fact that she also happens to have authored three of this year's greatest pop songs. Anyone whose pulse doesn't race to the set opener, 'Get The Party Started' might as well be dead. 'Just Like A Pill' is a gem that manages to ride its chic innuendo into real realms of romantic suffering and 'Dear Diary' is a sweet liaison between Madonna's 'Don't Tell Me' and The Verve's 'The Drugs Don't Work'".[19]

Personnel[edit]

Production[20]
  • Lighting Designer: Ethan Weber
  • Lighting Technicians: Adam Finer and Marty Langley
  • Production Manager: Ian Kinnersley

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Moss, Corey; Antonia Napoli (24 April 2002). "Pink Bringing Hot Girls And Rats On Tour With Her". MTV News. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Paul, Peggy (15 July 2002). "Jamming at the Taj: Stellar performances by Pink, Lenny Kravitz delight their A.C. Fans". The Press of Atlantic City. 
  4. ^ "Are you ready to Rumba?". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax Media Limited. 2 September 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pop Music Sensation Pink and Bally Total Fitness to Launch Hip-Hop Dance Exercise Class and Ink Deal to Sponsor Pink North American Concert Tour" (Press release). Business Wire. 17 April 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Nailen, Dan. "Rock On With a Pop Disaster and P!nk". The Salt Lake Tribune. p. E1. 
  7. ^ a b Tilghman, Timothy (3 June 2002). "Pink is my favorite crayon". RockonTour. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Pink steals the show at Wango Tango". Press-Telegram. 18 June 2002. 
  9. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2002-03-12). "Pink To Embark On Her First Headlining Tour Of North America". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  10. ^ "Pink's nationwide tour kicks off in Phoenix, Arizona May 2nd!". Pink's Official Website. Pink's Stuff, Inc. Archived from the original on 1 October 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c "2002 Tour Dates and Appearances". Pink's Official Website. Pink's Stuff, Inc. Archived from the original on 9 October 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Paiva, Derek (19 December 2002). "Concert Review: Pink". The Honolulu Advertiser. p. A4. 
  13. ^ Hinckley, David (30 May 2002). "ZOOTOPIA HAS CHANNELS TO TOP ARTISTS". New York Daily News. Retrieved 5 February 2011. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Bon Jovi get ready to Rumba". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 September 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard. 114 (25): 20. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard. 115 (3): 17. 18 January 2003. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Vaughan, Robin (2 June 2002). "Pink's Party Tour". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  18. ^ Fuoco, Christina (3 May 2002). "Pink Censors Her Bad Mouth, Shares Family Photos, Gets Sexual At Tour Opener". MTV News. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "Pink : London Brixton Academy". NME. 27 November 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  20. ^ McHugh, Catherine (1 September 2002). "Getting the Party Started". Live Design. Penton Media, Inc. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 

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