May 5, 2009 in Features

Pink shows her true colors

Nekesa Mumbi Moody Associated Press
 
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When Pink came up with the circus-themed theatrics for her “Funhouse” tour, she didn’t think she’d be sharing her big-top theme with another pop singer.

She sighs when a comparison is made to Britney Spears’ current tour, “The Circus” – which, like Pink’s tour, is a grand spectacle featuring high-flying dancers and acrobats.

Both singers based their theme on the title of their latest album. Both CDs were released last year; Pink’s came out first.

“Had I known that certain other people were going to base their latest thing about circus things, I probably would have went into another direction,” the big-voiced, 29-year-old singer says.

“I was six months before that and didn’t really understand that it was a trend that was happening. I’m pretty out of the loop.”

Not that anyone would confuse their tours. Spears’ show is a lip-synched, dance-oriented affair, while Pink says her show is all about gritty, emotional rock ’n’ roll – “two hours of group therapy.”

Q: You say this is your first headlining tour in the U.S. What took you so long?

A: I don’t know. I’ve put a lot of work in as far as being a touring artist, and I’ve been doing it on a pretty large scale for seven or eight years now (overseas).

Q: Lots of musicians have used the circus for inspiration. Why do you think artists connect with circuses?

A: All of us when we were little probably wanted to run away and join the circus because it’s full of what mainstream society considers freakish and the outcasts, and it’s kind of sexy and exciting and big and over the top.

Q: There’s been talk that you and Carey Hart are getting back together and even remarrying. Is that true?

A: I don’t know where the remarriage thing came from. That kind of came out of the air. We are definitely back together.

Q: Much of the last record dealt with your split. Is it hard to sing those songs now?

A: Aside from a few songs that are completely vulnerable for me, when I’m writing even my angry kind of “So What,” for me, it’s every emotion involved – I’m being sarcastic, I’m being silly, I’m being angry, I’m all of these emotions, all at the same time, so I include them in my songs. So it’s still silly, it’s still funny, I still have anger. It’s really easy to just be right back there. … I don’t have a hard time transplanting myself straight back to that moment.

The birthday bunch

Actor Lance Henriksen (“Millennium,” “Aliens”) is 69. Comedian-actor Michael Palin (Monty Python) is 66. Actor John Rhys-Davies (“Lord of the Rings,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) is 65. MTV News correspondent Kurt Loder is 64. Newsman Brian Williams is 50. Actress Tina Yothers (“Family Ties”) is 36. Actor Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”) is 30. Actress Danielle Fishel (“Boy Meets World”) is 28. Singer Adele is 21. Singer Chris Brown is 20.

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