Aussie News Briefs 10/29

With the Australian dollar dipping against the greenback, Pollstar has heard that plans for visits by Green Day, Paul McCartney and Neil Diamond have been put on the back burner.

Salt-N-Pepa’s tour was scrapped. The group’s U.S. agent said the act did not receive a 50 percent deposit nor were its flights booked.

The Waifs and Ani DiFranco are teaming up for three winery shows in Western Australia mid-January.

Tim Finn is locked in for three club dates Oct. 30 to Nov. 5. In January comes the play “Poor Boy,” inspired by his songs.

Peter Cetera, one-time voice of Chicago, will do three shows in the region for Dream Entertainment in late January.

Crowded House sold out the first of its two Melbourne shows at the Forum, Dec. 2, in one minute, according to Frontier Touring.

Twenty-two Australian and five New Zealand acts were invited to showcase at South By Southwest in March, with another 30 to be invited to the Austin, Texas, festival.

Melbourne’s 55,000-capacity Telstra Dome will become Etihad Stadium March 1. Parent company Melbourne Stadiums Ltd. struck a five-year sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways, national airline of the United Arab Emirates.