Funhouse Tour

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Funhouse Tour
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Tour by Pink
Associated album Funhouse
Start date February 24, 2009
End date December 20, 2009
Legs 4
Shows 81 in Europe
58 in Australia
12 in North America
151 Total
Pink concert chronology
I'm Not Dead Tour
(2006–07)
Funhouse Tour
(2009)
The Funhouse Summer Carnival
(2010)

The Funhouse Tour was the fourth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Pink. The tour supported her fifth studio album, Funhouse.[1][2] The tour visited Europe, Australia and North America. According to Pollstar, the Funhouse Tour (2009–2010) earned around $180 million with more than 3 million in attendance becoming one of the highest-grossing concert tours in the history of music .[3] The Australian leg of the tour broke the record for the biggest tour in the history of the country. Over 660,000 people attended the Australian shows and grossed over $80 million.[4]

Background[edit]

The tour was announced on October 14, 2008, nearly two weeks before the release of her fifth studio album. Pink stated, "I'm so excited to get back on the road. The 'Funhouse' tour ideas are running rampant in my head. Who knows what they'll come out as... And I can't wait to see."[1] The tour followed her internationally successful I'm Not Dead Tour, which became one of the biggest tours in 2006 and 2007.

The tour also marked the first time Pink has headlined a North American arena tour. To describe the event, Pink stated, "I've waited 30 years for this tour. I really wasn't sure if anyone was going to show [up]."[5]

Synopsis[edit]

The concert starts with a video introduction which feature Pink watching TV. She then gets up and puts her lovers hand into a warm glass of water. She goes upstairs and gets changed into a white shirt and some jeans. She gets on a motorcycle and rides off, resembling her "Funhouse" music video. She finds a clown crying on the side of the road. She gets of her bike and gives him a flower hat. As the video ends, the clown appears on stage. He walks up to the end of the catwalk and finds a Box with a handle. As he turns the handle, a trapdoor opens, and Pink is lifted up into the air on a rope. The song "Bad Influence" then starts. She gets lowered down onto the main stage and starts to sing. She then sings "Just Like a Pill", "Who Knew", Ave Mary A and "Don't Let Me Get Me". She then goes offstage. At some shows, Pink might perform "It's All Your Fault" after "Just Like A Pill".

A red couch appears on the stage and Pink is seen walking over to it. She then starts to sing "I Touch Myself". Whilst singing "I Touch Myself", hands come out of the couch and touch her. She then performs "Please Don't Leave Me". She briefly goes offstage whilst her dancers come onstage. She comes back on to perform "U + Ur Hand". A love heart shaped bed appears onstage as she performs "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" and "So What". She then goes offstage again.

Her pianist then starts to play piano. She then comes back onstage to perform "Family Portrait". She then plays "I Don't Believe You" on the guitar. She would then perform "Crystal Ball", "Trouble" and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You". She then goes offstage. At some shows, Pink might perform "Dear Mr. President".

Two of her dancers then come and perform Ballet moves. This is then followed by "Sober" when she performs a trapeze. She quickly goes offstage and returns for "Bohemian Rhapsody". Four mirrors are brought onstage as she performs "Funhouse" and "Crazy". She says goodbye to the crowd and goes offstage. On the last leg, she would perform "Stupid Girls" after "Funhouse"

For the encore, She performed "Get the Party Started" and "Glitter in the Air". For all shows except for the Premiere, there would be a video montage of all her videos with "God Is a DJ" playing after "Get The Party Started". For "Get The Party Started", she would perform some acrobatics. She would then go offstage. After a costume change, she would come back onstage to perform the final number, "Glitter In The Air". She would be in the air performing some more acrobatics. Whilst that was happening, she would get lowered into the trapdoor that was used earlier in the show and be dipped in water. After she was lowered back onto the main stage, she bowed and walked offstage. The screen in the background showed THE END on it.

Opening acts[edit]

  • Raygun (Europe Leg 1) (select dates)
  • Faker (Australia) (select dates)
  • Evermore (Australia and Europe Leg 2) (select dates)
  • The Ting Tings (North America) (select dates)

Setlist[edit]

Additional notes[edit]

  • During the August 23rd performance at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, New South Wales, the tour crew and dancers did an impromptu performance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
February 24, 2009 Nice France Palais Nikaia
February 26, 2009 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
February 28, 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
March 1, 2009
March 5, 2009 Regensburg Germany Donau Arena
March 6, 2009 Friedrichshafen Messe Friedrichshafen
March 8, 2009 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
March 9, 2009 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
March 12, 2009 Mannheim Germany SAP Arena
March 14, 2009 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
March 17, 2009 Leipzig Arena Leipzig
March 18, 2009 Berlin O2 World
March 21, 2009 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
March 22, 2009 Zurich Hallenstadion
March 24, 2009 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
March 25, 2009 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
March 27, 2009 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
March 28, 2009 Nuremberg Nuremberg Arena
March 30, 2009 Cologne Lanxess Arena
April 1, 2009 Hamburg Color Line Arena
April 2, 2009
April 4, 2009 Hannover TUI Arena
April 6, 2009 Munich Olympiahalle
April 7, 2009
April 8, 2009 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
April 11, 2009 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
April 12, 2009
April 13, 2009 Aberdeen Press & Journal Arena
April 16, 2009 Birmingham England National Indoor Arena
April 17, 2009
April 19, 2009 Dublin Ireland The O2
April 20, 2009
April 22, 2009 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
April 23, 2009
April 25, 2009 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
April 26, 2009
April 28, 2009 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
April 29, 2009 Liverpool Liverpool Echo Arena
May 1, 2009 London The O2 Arena
May 2, 2009
May 4, 2009
Australia [8][9][10]
May 22, 2009 Perth Australia Burswood Dome
May 23, 2009
May 26, 2009 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
May 27, 2009
May 30, 2009 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
May 31, 2009
June 3, 2009 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
June 4, 2009
June 6, 2009 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
June 7, 2009
June 9, 2009
June 10, 2009
June 12, 2009 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
June 13, 2009
June 15, 2009
June 16, 2009
June 18, 2009 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
June 20, 2009
June 21, 2009
June 23, 2009
June 24, 2009
June 26, 2009 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
June 27, 2009
June 29, 2009
June 30, 2009
July 3, 2009 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
July 4, 2009
July 14, 2009 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
July 15, 2009
July 17, 2009 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
July 18, 2009
July 22, 2009 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
July 23, 2009
July 25, 2009
July 26, 2009
July 27, 2009
July 29, 2009 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
July 30, 2009
August 1, 2009
August 2, 2009
August 4, 2009 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
August 5, 2009
August 7, 2009 Perth Burswood Dome
August 8, 2009
August 10, 2009 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
August 11, 2009
August 13, 2009 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
August 14, 2009
August 16, 2009 Canberra AIS Arena
August 17, 2009
August 19, 2009 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
August 20, 2009
August 22, 2009 Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
August 23, 2009
August 25, 2009 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
August 26, 2009
August 28, 2009 Sydney Acer Arena
August 29, 2009
North America[8][9]
September 15, 2009 Seattle United States KeyArena
September 17, 2009 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
September 18, 2009 Los Angeles Staples Center
September 20, 2009 Glendale Jobing.com Arena
September 23, 2009 Dallas American Airlines Center
September 24, 2009 Houston Toyota Center
September 26, 2009 Rosemont Allstate Arena
September 28, 2009 Fairfax Patriot Center
September 30, 2009 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
October 2, 2009 Boston United States TD Banknorth Garden
October 3, 2009 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
October 5, 2009 New York City Madison Square Garden
Europe [8][9]
October 14, 2009 Dublin Ireland The O2
October 15, 2009
October 17, 2009 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
October 18, 2009
October 20, 2009 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
October 21, 2009
October 23, 2009 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
October 24, 2009
October 25, 2009
October 27, 2009 Liverpool Liverpool Echo Arena
October 28, 2009 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
October 30, 2009 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
October 31, 2009
November 2, 2009 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
November 3, 2009 Nottingham Trent FM Arena Nottingham
November 5, 2009 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
November 7, 2009 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
November 9, 2009 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
November 10, 2009 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
November 12, 2009 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
November 19, 2009 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
November 20, 2009 Frankfurt Germany Frankfurt Festhalle
November 22, 2009 Munich Olympiahalle
November 23, 2009 Freiburg Messe Freiburg
November 25, 2009 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
November 26, 2009 Erfurt Messe Erfurt
November 28, 2009 Düsseldorf ISS Dome
November 30, 2009 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
December 2, 2009 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
December 3, 2009
December 5, 2009 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
December 6, 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
December 8, 2009 London England The O2 Arena
December 10, 2009
December 12, 2009 Bremen Germany AWD Dome
December 13, 2009 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
December 15, 2009 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
December 17, 2009 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
December 19, 2009 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
December 20, 2009 Hannover TUI Arena
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
  • July 20, 2009  Brisbane, Queensland  Brisbane Entertainment Center. This date rescheduled to July 27, 2009.
  • September 15, 2009  Seattle, Washington  WaMu Theater. The date was rescheduled to the KeyArena
  • November 15, 2009  Bremen, Germany  AWD Dome. This date was reschdueled to December 12, 2009.
  • November 17, 2010  Dortmund, Germany  Westfalenhalle. This date was rescheduled to December 13, 2009.
  • December 5, 2009  Rotterdam, Netherlands  The Ahoy. This date was rescheduled to December 6, 2009.
  • December 13, 2009  Manchester, England  Manchester Evening News Arena. This date was rescheduled to October 25, 2009.

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Palais Nikaia Nice 8,134 / 8,500 (96%) $418,904[11]
Sportpaleis Antwerp 15,948 / 16,234 (98%) $768,137[12]
Ahoy Rotterdam Rotterdam 30,916 / 30,916 (100%) $1,925,797[11][13]
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris 16,488 / 16,488 (100%) $912,420[11]
The O2 Arena London 92,918/ 93,590 (99%) $4,740,905[14][15]
Burswood Dome Perth 70,613 / 73,044 (97%) $5,675,332[16]
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide 52,471 / 55,470 (95%) $4,283,421[16]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 214,956 / 222,214 (96%) $17,234,669[16]
Newcastle Entertainment Centre Newcastle 29,021 / 29,492 (98%) $2,372,605[16]
Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney 116,772 / 120,344 (97%) $9,538,321[16]
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 136,114 / 142,800 (95%) $11,277,153[16]
AIS Arena Canberra 9,499 / 9,737(98%) $936,990[16]
WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong 10,730 / 11,007(98%) $1,059,814[16]
Acer Arena Sydney 29,648 / 29,648 (100%) $3,066,820[17]
KeyArena Seattle 12,580 / 12,580 (100%) $369,858[18]
HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose 13,058 / 13,058(100%) $512,092[18]
Staples Center Los Angeles 12,751 / 12,751(100%) $675,718[18]
Jobing.com Arena Glendale 14,039/ 14,039(100%) $495,086[18]
American Airlines Center Dallas 13,195 / 13,195(100%) $448,718[18]
Toyota Center Houston 8,563 / 8,563(100%) $393,197[18]
Allstate Arena Rosemont 14,472 / 14,472 (100%) $688,569[18]
Patriot Center Fairfax 6,565 / 6,565 (100%) $278,594[19]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 15,193 / 15,193 (100%) $878,461[19]
Wachovia Center Philadelphia 15,370 / 15,370 (100%) $674,862[19]
Madison Square Garden New York City 15,056 / 15,056 (100%) $909,149[19]
TOTAL 975,070 /1,000,326 (98%) $70,535,592

Reception[edit]

Pink during her Funhouse Tour in Düsseldorf on 28 November 2009.

Commercial[edit]

Overall ticket sales are estimated to have surpassed nearly two million.[20] By July 2009, the tour grossed over $50 million, ranking 8th highest grossing tour in the world.[21] By November 2009, the tour grossed over $100 million, ranking as 5th highest grossing tour of 2009.[22]

Sales started on October 10, 2009 in the Netherlands. The February 28 show at The Ahoy was sold out as a second show was scheduled for the following night. A third night at the arena was announced for December 5, 2009 (although this date was later changed to December 6, 2009).[23] In Australia, ticket sales were exceptionally high. In 2007 she broke the record of biggest female tour ever with 35 shows in Australia, grossing $41 million. In 2009, she broke her own record, with 58 shows surpassing John Farnham's "Whispering Jack Tour" with the most shows in Australia.[24] She performed 17 shows at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, breaking Farnham's record for most shows at the venue during one tour.[24] In Sydney, Pink performed 12 shows—of which 10 were performed at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. She performed for nearly 110,000 spectators (at this arena), making her the biggest live act in Sydney (surpassing Kylie Minogue with an attendance record of nearly 93,000 spectators).[25] The American singer/songwriter performed at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on seventeen nights throughout the summer with ticket sales topping $17.2 million ($21.7 Australian). Combined attendance for all shows at the Melbourne tennis stadium was 214,956. Pink also played twelve shows in Sydney - ten shows during June and July at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and two in August at Acer Arena in the city's Olympic Park. Overall attendance in Sydney was 146,420 with $12.6 million in ticket sales ($15.5 Australian). With tour grosses topping $55 million from the Australian leg, Pink is ranked among the top ten tours worldwide for 2009.[26]

To congratulate Pink on eleven sold out concerts at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the artist was given a public toilet located on the upper level of the arena, entitled "P!nk Ladies".[27]

The Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour and the Funhouse Tour sold a combined total 3 million tickets.[28]

Critical[edit]

The show received critical acclaim, with critics commenting on its theatricality and Pink's live singing.

  • “A Pink show is more than just a pop concert – it’s a major spectacle that you can’t take your eyes off. The show was simply mesmerising.” – Aberdeen Evening Express [29]
  • "Pink can rock it, that’s for sure. She has the anthems, the voice and the sass…4 stars” – The Glasgow Herald [29]
  • "She's no slouch as an aerial dare-devil, but here's one rock star at her most compelling when she has two feet planted squarely on the ground." – The Independent [30]
  • "Her singing was perfect, even when she was suspended mid-air, on her back and spinning rapidly on her harness." – Express & Star[31]

Broadcast and recordings[edit]

A DVD and live album of the tour was recorded at July 17 and July 18, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. The DVD includes both "It's All Your Fault" and "Ave Mary A". Pink: Live in Australia was released in Australia on October 14, 2009, two days before its planned release.[33] It was scheduled for release on October 2, 2009 but had to be pushed backed due to overwhelming demand.[34] The DVD was also released in The Netherlands on October 28, 2009 and in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2009. An alternate version of the DVD was released in the United States on October 27, 2009. This version, titled Funhouse Tour: Live in Australia, includes the tour DVD, but is also sold with a live CD of the same concert.

The concert was also aired on VH1 on January 1, 2010 as the premiere concert of their "Friday Night Alright" block.[35]

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals, aerobatics, dancing, acoustic guitar, executive producer, creator – P!nk
  • Musical director, keyboards, vocals – Paul Mirkovich
  • Drums – Mark Schulman
  • Lead guitar – Justin Derrico
  • Bass guitar – Eva Gardner
  • Keyboards, rhythm guitar, vocals – Kat Lucas
  • Violin, vocals –Jessy Greene
  • Vocals – Stacy Campbell
  • Vocals – Jenny Douglas-Foote
  • Dancing, choreography – Alison Faulk
  • Dancing, choreography – Leo Moctezuma
  • Dancing – Reina Hidalgo
  • Dancing – Nikki Tuazon
  • Dancing – Addie Yungmee
  • Dancing – Joseph Errico
  • Aerialist – Sebastien Stella
  • Aerial choreography – Dreya Weber
  • Stage director, executive producer – Baz Halpin
  • Director – Larn Poland
  • Tour producer – Roger Davies (RDWM)
  • Tour manager – Nick R. Cua

See also[edit]

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