Audiences, Stations Go Hollywood
A low-key Ottawa univerity pub date quietly kicked off Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s North American tour. But the next night, Halloween, the Liverpool band pumped up Le Spectrum in Montreal before a capacity crowd. Sellouts greeted the band the next night in Montreal and for two shows at The Concert Hall in Toronto, Nov. 3 and 4.
Radio greeted “Welcome To The Pleasure Dome” as if it were an album by an established artist, not a band with just two singles to its credit. With three known exceptions —
The band supported the dates with in-store appearances in Montreal at Sam The Record Man (drawing more than 700) and in Toronto at the downtown A&A’s (drawing about 2,000).
The band’s first single, “Relax,” has sold a reported 80,000 copies in Canada, including 4,000 as a 12-inch. “Two Tribes” has sold some 63,000, including 37,00 as a 12-inch. The double album “Welcome” shipped 65,000 copies Oct. 29 and by the end of the week was reported at 71,00, including reorders. Island plans to issue “The Power Of Love” as the next single Nov. 19.