Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Elton's Sydney Extravaganza
SIR Elton John has dedicated his Sydney concert to Australian EMI music executive Ken East who died on the weekend.
Before opening the sold-out show at Sydney's Acer Arena, Sir Elton said the night was a special one because it was the first time he had played in Sydney alone.
But he said it was also special because of the recent death of a good friend.
"Tonight is also very special because I want to dedicate the whole show to a friend of mine who passed away on Sunday: Ken East," Elton said.
"Ken was probably without a doubt one of the greatest record men I have ever met.
"He was a great man. He was also a great Australian, which is more important."
Sir Elton said that while East spent much of his time overseas, he always called Australia home.
"His great love was to come back here by the bay and look out over the ocean," he said.
"That's where he died, looking out over his beloved Sydney Harbour.
"I was so pleased to be able to be here to say goodbye to him."
Sir Elton dedicated the concert to East and his wife Dolly.
"I hope he gives me the inspiration to play well for all you who I love so much," he said.
He then launched into one of his best loved hits, Your Song.
Sydney is the fourth stop on the 60-year-old's Australian tour, called A Knight Under The Stars.
Speculation was rife in the audience that tonight might also be special because David Beckham was also watching, after the singer greeted the soccer superstar at a party earlier this week.
But if Beckham came he did not show himself publicly.