Ticket sales for Split Enz's first tour in 22 years made a brisk start today (Feb. 22), promoter the Frontier Touring Company reports. The act shifted 40,000 tickets, selling out its June 9 show at th
Ticket sales for Split Enz's first tour in 22 years made a brisk start today (Feb. 22), promoter the Frontier Touring Company reports. The act shifted 40,000 tickets, selling out its June 9 show at the 12,400-capacity Sydney Entertainment Centre and the June 11 show at the 16,000-capacity Melbourne Rod Laver Arena. Extra shows have added for both cities.
"The Enz are bigger now than they ever were," Frontier Touring's Melbourne-based managing director Michael Gudinski tells Billboard.biz. "They weren't playing arenas at their peak."
Split Enz had a string of hits from the 1980s, including "I Got You", "History Never Repeats" and "I See Red," all on Gudinski's Mushroom Records. The tracks are heavily playlisted on gold-format radio stations.
Gudinski suggests that the five-city arena tour will sell 70,000 tickets, ranking it among the Top 5 tours by domestic-based acts.
The two Melbourne shows will be filmed for a TV documentary and DVD, according to Gudinski.
The band will tour their homeland New Zealand later in the year. Although promoters in Europe and the United States have shown interest, no dates have yet been confirmed.
Split Enz founding bandmember Tim Finn told Billboard.biz at the tour's Feb. 1 announcement in Melbourne that he wanted the tour to include clubs in Los Angeles, New York and London.
Frontier Touring's biggest touring act Madonna sold 500,000 tickets on her 1992 tour.