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Pink’s record breaking ‘Funhouse’ tour

Pink - Funhouse Tour 2009
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After more than three months criss-crossing Australia, American pop superstar Pink wrapped her record-breaking tour with a final sell out concert at Sydney’s Acer Arena. It was the 58th and final performance of her phenomenal Funhouse national tour. In total, Pink performed before more than 660,000 concert-goers — 150,000 of those in Sydney alone.

JPS supplied equipment and additional crew for Pink’s Australian concerts — twelve in Sydney, seventeen in Melbourne, six in Adelaide, four in Newcastle, two in Wollongong and Canberra, eleven in Brisbane and four in Perth.

Dates May 22, 2009 – August 29, 2009
JPS Crew Nick Giameos Simon Farrell
Speaker System Clair Bros Audio
  44 x Clair Bros i5 Cabinets
  28 x Clair Bros i5b Cabinets
  16 x JPS JBL 18″ Sub Bass
  8 x Clair Bros R4 MkIII Cabinets
  4 x P2 Cabinets
  8 x JBL Vertec 4888 Cabinets
FOH Drive System  
  12 x Lake Clair iO’s
  1 x Motion 1200 Wireless Tablet
  1 x BSS 366 Omni Drive
Control systems  
F.O.H. 1 x Digi-design D-Show Venue
  2 x Digi-Design D-Show Venue side cars
  1 x Clair Lake iO controller
  2 x Tascam CD-RW901SL Cd Recorders
  1 x Sony CDP-11 CD Player
Wireless Microphones  
  1 x Shure UR4D-Q5 Duel Receiver
  2 x UR2-Q5 Handheld Mics c/w KSM9 capsules
Monitor Speaker System Clair Bros Audio
  4 x Clair Bros i5 Cabinets
  28 x Clair Bros 12AM wedges
  4 x Clair Bros ML18
  3 x 4 Mix Amp Racks
  12 x Crown MA3600VZ Amplifiers
Wireless in ear monitors  
  3 x Shure P6HW In Ear Monitor Systems
  14 x Sennheiser EW-300 G2 In Ear Monitor Systems c/w 28 Receivers
Monitor Control System  
  1 x Yamaha PM1D (Supplied by Audio Rent)
Rigging Equipment  
  8 x Lodestar 2T Chain Hoists
  14 x Lodestar 1T Chain Hoists

Tour Dates

Sydney Entertainment Centre
6, 7, 9, 10, 26, 27, 29, 30 June, 17, 18 July 2009

Sydney – Acer Arena
28, 29 August 2009

Perth – Burswood Dome
22, 23 May, 7, 8 August 2009

Adelaide Entertainment Centre
26, 27 May, 4, 5, 10, 11 August 2009

Brisbane Entertainment Centre
12, 13, 15, 16 June, 22, 23, 25, 26 July 2009
25, 26 August

Newcastle Entertainent Centre
3, 4 June, 3, 4 July 2009

Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena
30, 31 May, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 14, 15, 29, 30 July, 1, 2, 13, 14, 19, 20 August 2009

Canberra – AIS Arena
16, 17 August 2009

Wollongong – WIN Entertainment Centre
22, 23 August 2009

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Pink leaves Melbourne after record 17 concerts
Pink wraps up record-breaking Australian tour By Johnathon Moran The Sunday Telegraph
AFTER more than three months criss-crossing Australia, American pop superstar Pink has wrapped her record-breaking tour, grossing more than $80 million.
The inspirational singer played to a packed house at Sydney’s Acer Arena last night. It was the 58th and final performance of her phenomenal Funhouse national tour.

In total, Pink performed before more than 660,000 concert-goers – 150,000 of those in Sydney alone – over the past three months, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

“It is a huge commitment on her part but she loves being here,” said tour promoter Michael Coppel.

“She didn’t do it unwillingly. When we were doing (planning) the tour, we only had a month commitment and then all of a sudden the demand was there so we kept adding shows and ended up with three months. It was really meant to be a maximum of 30 days.

“She has graciously made the time available and I think she’s had a great time doing it as well.”
Pink – whose real name is Alecia Moore – played her first show of the tour in Perth on May 22, then travelled the country tirelessly, performing sell-out shows.

She played 17 concerts in Melbourne, six in Adelaide, four in Newcastle, two in Wollongong and Canberra, 11 in Brisbane and four in Perth.

Combining ticket sales and merchandise, it is estimated the Funhouse tour would have grossed more than $80 million.

How much of Pink’s multi-million dollar earnings will remain in Australia would depend on the type of contract she signed prior to arriving in the country, said University of Queensland taxation expert Stephen Marsden.

“There are special provisions in the Taxation Act for entertainers and sports people but it’s not a flat rate,” Mr Marsden said.

“If the contract was signed overseas, very little (of her earnings from ticket sales) may be subject to tax.”

Pink’s high-energy, two-hour show covered all her biggest songs from her five albums, including Just Like A Pill, U + Ur Hand, Trouble, So What! and Get The Party Started.

Reinforcing her reputation as one of the world’s best live performers, her spectacular stage show included risque costumes, breathtaking aerial acrobatics and fabulous visual effects.

But it’s not just Pink’s concert tickets that have been selling.

She has sold more than 4.8 million albums and singles in Australia since releasing her debut offering, Can’t Take Me Home, in 2000.

Her single So What! has been in the ARIA Charts for the past year. Also over the past 12 months, all five of her albums made it into the top 30 at the same time.

Pink’s Funhouse album has never left the top 10 in the 42 weeks since it was released last October, spending nine weeks at number one, which is a record for any female artist on the ARIA Charts.

It’s not surprising Pink has often spoken of her desire to one day live in Australia.

“The Pink Australian success story has been extraordinary, it just doesn’t get any bigger,” said Sony Music chief Denis Handlin.

“Australians have affectionately embraced her as their own as she has done with us.”

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