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Garry Van Egmond, Legendary Australian Live performance Promoter, Dies at 82

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Garry Van Egmond, the veteran impresario behind a few of the greatest excursions within the historical past of Australia’s touring enterprise, died Saturday morning (April 6) following problems of current surgical procedure. He was 82.

Based mostly in Melbourne, Van Egmond was AC/DC’s promoter of selection for touring Australia and New Zealand, and, in 1986, he helmed Dire Straits’ record-smashing Brothers In Arms tour, a juggernaut that shifted greater than 900,000 tickets when Australia’s inhabitants was simply 14 million. Greater than 250,000 tickets for that Dire Straits tour have been offered in Sydney alone.

Dire Straits’ nationwide box-office bonanza was the all-time file holder for tickets offered on a single tour, holding the mark for greater than 30 years, till Ed Sheeran’s 2018 Divide tour pushed previous a million ticket gross sales in these components.

With over 50 years’ expertise in dwell occasions, Van Egmond offered upwards of 35 million tickets throughout Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, in keeping with an announcement from TEG, which acquired the late entrepreneur’s firm, Van Egmond Group, in 2020.

Van Egmond produced AC/DC excursions relationship again to 1985, together with the 2010 Black Ice trek, a co-production with Michael Chugg Leisure, which shifted greater than 600,000 tickets throughout 11 Australian dates (and 760,000 tickets throughout Australia and New Zealand). The rock legends’ Rock or Bust Australasia leg in 2015 offered in extra of 460,000 tickets throughout 9 stadium dates in seven cities (5 in Australia, two in New Zealand).

The Black Ice tour was significantly sizzling, shifting over 520,000 tickets in fewer than three hours, for the quickest promoting live performance in Australian historical past. “It’s been a tremendous response. I’m fairly amazed and completely shocked,” he informed this reporter on the day tickets went on sale. A part of that success was discovering a candy spot for the ticket worth. “I visited London three weeks in the past to fulfill with the band,” he defined, “they usually requested to convey ticket costs down over the previous 18 months and it was crucial to say they shouldn’t be greater than US$100, which has actually labored. It’s labored nice for the band and the viewers.”

Throughout his profession, Van Egmond produced the Jesus Christ Famous person enviornment tour, Riverdance’s The Present, plus excursions by Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, INXS, Prince, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton and extra.

“As we speak the complete TEG household expresses our unhappiness and mourns the lack of Garry Van Egmond,” feedback TEG Group CEO Geoff Jones.

“Garry was not solely a extremely valued colleague however a totally first rate individual, and a convincing expertise with the best integrity. His legacy will stand the take a look at of time. Our ideas are with Christo, Katie and his household by these troublesome instances.”

Garry is survived by his daughter Katie, son Christo and grandchildren Hugo and Saskia.

The TEG Van Egmond enterprise will proceed to be run by managing director Christo Van Egmond, who remembers his father as “a real gentleman within the enterprise and was extremely regarded and revered by artists, managers, brokers, and everybody he labored with.” He says of his dad, “He was an outstanding mentor to me and I’ve loved working with him for almost 30 years. Over that point we’ve got introduced some wonderful occasions in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He was a implausible father and good friend to me and shall be missed dearly by his household, associates, and colleagues.”

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