When Pink tours Australia, records tumble. Her treks have set attendance standards, her albums have topped year-end charts. She even has a ladies’ bathroom named in her honor. Now she’s got her very first pop-up store.
As her 46-date “The Truth About Love” tour winds through Australia, a Pink pop-up store has opened in central Melbourne – her first anywhere in the world.
The store carries a range of limited edition merch that won’t be available at her shows. To pull in shoppers, the site at Thousand £ Bend promises spot prizes including limited edition autographed items, tickets to her show and backstage passes.
Launching a pop-up shop in Melbourne was a no-brainer. The south-eastern city’s 15,000-capacity Rod Laver Arena will host 18 Pink shows in July and August, a record run for the venue. Do the math; she’s sold more than a quarter-of-a-million tickets in the one city.
She beats the Melbourne venue’s record she set herself, on 2009’s “Funhouse” tour (the Rod Laver Arena opened for business in 1988).
Pink’s tour started June 25 at Perth Arena and will wrap Sept. 5 at Sydney’s Allphones Arena. When it’s all done, Pink’s 2013 tour will have played to more than 500,000 fans, according to promoters Live Nation.
As impressive as those numbers are, Pink’s latest trek will be dwarfed by her last trek of these parts. Her “Funhouse” trek criss-crossed the country for 58 arena dates, and shifted more than 650,000 tickets. No other solo artist in the history of Australia’s touring business can boast such figures.