If there was ever any question over whether Aussie rockers Midnight Oil had the fan base to support reforming for a world tour, it has been dispelled by the sheer number of tickets sold -- 200,000, with sold-out venues around the world.
The 'Great Circle 2017' tour was announced earlier this month, with pre-sale tickets going on sale on Thursday and open to the general public on Monday.
It's the first tour in 15 years since the boys from Sydney's Northern Beaches broke up and it will all kick off in April, with shows scheduled across Europe, North America and New Zealand.
Within minutes of tickets going on sale, the band's Melbourne concert had sold out, along with 14 North American gigs. 'House full' signs also popped up at London's Hammersmith Apollo and Olympia Theatre in Paris, proving that the Aussie rockers never lost their dedicated fan base.
However, thousands of frustrated fans who missed out have been warned not to buy potentially fake tickets from resale sites, with prices for the concert in Sydney's Domain appearing for as much as $899.
The band has reassured their strong fan base that they do not support the re-sale of tickets by unofficial ticketing companies which typically charge grossly inflated prices.
"It may be legal and impossible to stop in many places but it is clearly a big problem for both fans and artists on all 'high demand' shows these days," a post on Midnight Oil's official Facebook page read.
"In an attempt to frustrate these scalpers, discussions are currently underway to possibly shift some North American shows to larger rooms. Further international dates are also under consideration to allow more people around the world to be a part of this special tour."
Additional shows will also be played in Sydney and Melbourne, with the band promising fans that dates would be released within the next few days.
In the meantime, self-described Oils 'tragics' have expressed their frustration in fan groups on Facebook, such as 'Powderworkers!'.
"Anyone else notice that the Ticketmaster resale are already over $300 a ticket," fan Tim Flaus wrote in a post.
"Seems a conflict of interest that the ticket seller is also the enabler of scalpers. This is really shit."
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