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Old 01-27-2008, 03:45 PM   #406
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More than 60,000 Australians turned out for the Police's last show on the Synchronicity Tour in Melbourne Australia on March 4, 1984. At that time it was the largest show by a foreign artist in the history of Australia.
Did Stadiums exist in Australia for the Beatles tour there in 1964? In 1966 They played to 100,000 in Manilla but skipped OZ.
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:38 PM   #407
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Did Stadiums exist in Australia for the Beatles tour there in 1964? In 1966 They played to 100,000 in Manilla but skipped OZ.
I'm not sure, but it really does not matter. The Police played the Melbourne showgrounds which was certainly there in 1964. Plus, an artist can always play fields or parks.
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:14 PM   #408
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From the beginning to the end, the Police were superb, opening with a great Message In A Bottle, and closing with Roxanne.
Did you stay for the encore?

Encore of King of Pain, So Lonely, Every Breath You Take and Next To You.

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Old 01-27-2008, 10:24 PM   #409
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I'm not sure, but it really does not matter. The Police played the Melbourne showgrounds which was certainly there in 1964. Plus, an artist can always play fields or parks.
The Beatles Oz visit was booked before Beatlemania cracked open.

Over 100,000 people gathered outside their hotel and there are nesclips to prove it.

I thought Beach Boys and The Stones played to some big crowds in OZ prior to 1984. Led Zeppelin did have rough plans to visit there after 1972, but thos eplans were cancelled after Plant had a car crash or his kid died.

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The Beatles Oz visit was booked before Beatlemania cracked open.

Over 100,000 people gathered outside their hotel and there are nesclips to prove it.

I thought Beach Boys and The Stones played to some big crowds in OZ prior to 1984. Led Zeppelin did have rough plans to visit there after 1972, but thos eplans were cancelled after Plant had a car crash or his kid died.

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The fact remains, The Police Melbourne show in 1984 was the largest paying show by a foreign artist in the history of Australia at that time according to the Australian music industry. Led Zeppelin, The Stones, and the Beach Boys all played in Australia prior to the Police, but they never had a concert before 1984 that was as large as the Police show in Melbourne in Australia.

That is not the only place where the Police's Synchronicity Tour set attendance records at the time. The Police's Miami show at the Orange Bowl on October 28, 1983 was the largest paying attended show ever in the history of Miami at that point.
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The fact remains, The Police Melbourne show in 1984 was the largest paying show by a foreign artist in the history of Australia at that time according to the Australian music industry. .
Which makes it all the more extraordinary and disappointing that they could only get 40,000 to the MCG gig the other night.
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www.birtles.com/timeline.html

This site says 1977 Rumours era Fleetwood Mac did 70,000 at the Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne and includes a aerial photo.

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Did you stay for the encore?

Encore of King of Pain, So Lonely, Every Breath You Take and Next To You.

King of Pain
I most certainly did! But I just wanted to keep it short and sweet and not drool all over the keyboard.

Almost died when Andy Summers came back out after Every Breath You Take - I was telling people "Wait, I'm sure there'll be more!!"

Incidentally, if you were watching the tennis, Summers, Sting and Copeland were all there.
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www.birtles.com/timeline.html

This site says 1977 Rumours era Fleetwood Mac did 70,000 at the Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne and includes a aerial photo.

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Yeah, with the multi-platinum SANTANA on the bill. This at best was a festival with people paying to see multiple popular artist on the same bill. It may have been a free show as well.

The Police show was by a single artist and according to the Australian music show COUNTDOWN was the largest concert by a foreign artist in the history of Australia. There is no reason for COUNTDOWN to be stating that at the time of the show if it in fact was not the case.
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Who opened the 1984 OZ Police tour? Isn't Fergie a multi platinum artist?

It doesn't count because it's in a field rather than a Stadium? Three acts are the same number as the Police in 2008. Santana's hits had dried up by the late 70's and his fusion albums didn't sell what they used to.

Also, The Beatles played to 72,000 fans in Sydney in 1964. 6 arena sized shows over 3 days, including matinees. Just to put things in perspective.

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Yeah, with the multi-platinum SANTANA on the bill. This at best was a festival with people paying to see multiple popular artist on the same bill. It may have been a free show as well.

The Police show was by a single artist and according to the Australian music show COUNTDOWN was the largest concert by a foreign artist in the history of Australia. There is no reason for COUNTDOWN to be stating that at the time of the show if it in fact was not the case.
Isn't Fergie multi-platinum selling?
I believe "The Duchess" is up to like 6 million worldwide, no?
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Isn't Fergie multi-platinum selling?
I believe "The Duchess" is up to like 6 million worldwide, no?
She is, but she is a new pop act and independently does not have the drawing power of a rock artist like Santana in the 1970s. Hell, when she was with the Black Eyed Peas, they were unable to sellout an arena show in Los Angeles.

In any event, Fergie did not open for the Police in 1984.
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Yeah, with the multi-platinum SANTANA on the bill. This at best was a festival with people paying to see multiple popular artist on the same bill. It may have been a free show as well.

The Police show was by a single artist and according to the Australian music show COUNTDOWN was the largest concert by a foreign artist in the history of Australia. There is no reason for COUNTDOWN to be stating that at the time of the show if it in fact was not the case.
So it's OK to take some info from a TV as iron-clad fact, but your allowed to dismiss 70,000 showing up for a full Fleetwood Mac performance as "may have been free"?

Were The Police the only act on the 1984 tour?

Also, the Black Eyed Peas did so well on their OZ tour a couple years ago that that is where they shot their DVD. Fergie was announced after ticket onsale to get more fans into the stadiums.

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Hell, when she was with the Black Eyed Peas, they were unable to sellout an arena show in Los Angeles.
Just one show you took out of context or every arena sized show they've ever played in California? How does this pertain to Australia?

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Santana certainly wasn't a multi-platinum artist anymore in 1977, though (at least domestically). He hadn't had a hit in years. I doubt him being on the bill had any major effect. Whereas Rumours is one of the biggest selling albums of all time, and Fleetwood Mac were certainly at their peak in 1977.
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