AC/DC set new box office record: 500,000 tix in first day sales!

An astounding 500,000 tickets were sold around the country for AC/DC's 2010 tour when they went on sale on Monday according to Garry Van Egmond who is co-promoting the tour with Michael Chugg.

From IMMedia today:

 

In Sydney and Melbourne the first AC/DC shows sold out in 15 minutes, 2nd concerts were soon added and they also sold out. The Melbourne shows shifted 110,000 tickets in 45 minutes. Third shows in those markets are now on sale, with the Melbourne Etihad Stadium on Monday 15th February and the third Sydney show at ANZ Stadium on Monday February 22. Perth's first show sold out in a record 7 minutes (one fan drove 2,000 km from Port Hedland just to make sure he got them) and a second was added for Mon 8th March at Subiaco Oval which also sold out. Brisbane followed suit also selling out in record time with a second concert on Sat 27th February at QSAC on sale now. Adelaide tickets went on sale at 12.30pm (local time), where only one concert is scheduled (Adelaide Oval, Tues 2 March). It took two hours for the 40,000 tickets to be snapped up.

Moves have begun in Perth and Adelaide to pressurise the promoters to add more shows. But at this point, there won't be any more shows in Australia, Van Egmond told IMMedia. The band is locked into a Japanese tour immediately after Australia. Adding just one more show in Perth, for instance, would mean delaying the Tokyo concert. However it is expected that the New Zealand — to be held before the Australian shows — will be announced shortly. The finally tally of Australan and NZ dates is expected to be 700,000 tickets.

It is the sixth time in the past 26 years that Van Egmond has toured AC/DC here. Their last trip, in 2001, sold 180,000 tickets.

But since then, the band has outgrown its traditional blue collar following. Van Egmond says that these days, "Grandfathers are taking their grandchildren to AC/DC shows, and they have a greater female appeal."

The $99 tickets are already appearing on eBay, for over $789 for two tickets. It is believed that a week earlier, promoters had to take down a site on eBay that was advertising AC/DC tickets that had not even hit the market!

For further information on the AC/DC Australian tour visit www.acdctour.com.au