Powderfinger extends farewell tour

Tickets for 17 dates sold out within hours last week

BRISBANE -- Australian rockers Powderfinger will extend their curtain-call tour after 175,000 tickets sold out in rapid-fire time.

Within hours of going on sale last week, 17 dates were sell-outs on Powderfinger's "Sunsets -- The Farewell Tour."

"The response to the tour so far as been overwhelming," said a spokesperson for the band after arena-sized venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth sold out in 30 minutes.

Now new shows have been added for the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Cairns.

"We were simply blown away," says Paul Piticco, Powderfinger's Brisbane-based manager and head of the Dew Process label.

"After a massive response from the on-sale, and with the shows selling out way faster than we could have expected, we started to get emails and calls from fans of the band asking for further dates as they had missed out on tickets. We convened a quick meeting last weekend and decided to add one final lap of [state capital] city shows that would, hopefully, meet the band's fans' needs."

The 26-show tour begins Sept. 1 at the Newcastle Entertainment Center and will now wrap Nov. 13 at the Riverstage in the band's hometown of Brisbane.

"Sunsets" will draw curtains on the career of Australia's biggest homegrown group of the 2000s. During a 20-year career, the band sold an estimated 2.5 million album, won 16 ARIA Awards and claimed the prestigious ARIA Award for album of the year on three successive albums.
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