Pink’s not dead, she’s just in Europe.
Six months after the release of her last album, the singer’s had a boost in Stateside radio play and sales thanks to her new hit, “U + Ur Hand.” But in Europe, she’s been going strong all along.
“I’m kind of a big deal here,” Pink said Wednesday via phone from her tour stop in Copenhagen, Denmark. “People chase you and they actually play you on the radio all the time, which is kind of fun. The singles, plus remixes I’ve never heard before — which are probably illegal. It’s kind of funny.”
Pink’s been headlining her own arena tour in Europe, which wraps December 21 in Milan, Italy. But after a break for the holidays, she’s ready to return to America, opening for her old pal Justin Timberlake’s tour, which kicks off January 8 in San Diego. As the guest on the tour, she doesn’t want to upstage the headliner, so she’s scaling her show back a bit, even though it will also be on an arena stage.
“The tour in Europe is awesome,” Pink said. “The shows are dangerous and high-speed, so it’s a good one this time around. It’s a huge production. It’s insane. But the club tour I did,” she said, referring to her summer jaunt (see “Pink Announces String Of ‘Stinky’ North American Club Shows” ), “that was nitty-gritty, dark, sweaty, just music. It wasn’t about the bells and whistles, and the Justin tour will be the same thing, with a tiny bit more. I keep switching, depending on where people like me better and pay me more!”
Pink’s not entirely sure how or why she got the coveted spot on Justin’s tour, but she’s happy to come full circle, since her first tour ever was opening for ‘NSYNC back in 1999 and 2000. “That shows you how far I’ve come!” she laughed. “No, it’s cool, it’s fun. It’s just really hard for me — who can I tour with? My music is so bizarrely diverse and twisted and all over the place, it’s really hard to fit in with anybody. But Justin is funky, and he’s just great.”
Even though Pink’s mapped out new albums on the road before, such as when she recorded Try This with Rancid guitarist Tim Armstrong on his tour bus while he was on a trek with the Transplants, she’s taking it a bit easier this time, relegating any writing she does to her journals and pastime reading. (Her current page-turner? “The Devil and Miss Prym” by Paulo Coelho.)
“I did album after album after album,” Pink said. “Four of them in a row. I need a break. I’d rather save it all up and let it boil until I get in the studio, when it feels right and the universe falls open for me. There’s really no point in doing anything sooner, because I don’t know who I’m going to be in six months. I don’t even know who I’m going to be tomorrow! It’s hard to predict, and that’s what makes it so fun.”