KEEPING his reputation for being one of the most punctual rock acts in the world, Elton John took to the stage five minutes early in Launceston last night.
And the 15,000 cheering fans could not have been more pleased.
A warm sunny day in Launceston yesterday turned into the perfect night for an outdoor concert as Elton John's Rocket Man national tour came to Tasmania.
Aurora Stadium was turned into a spectacular concert venue with seating for 15,000 people and giant video screens each side of the stage so everyone could have the best possible view of the music icon performing on stage.
The gates were opened at 4.30pm and there were still some tickets available right up to the time Sir Elton started singing, just before 8pm, with people queueing up outside the stadium in the hopes of picking up a last-minute seat.
Sir Elton's silver Gulfstream private jet landed at Launceston Airport just after 4pm yesterday.
Accommodation venues in Launceston were heavily booked with visitors for the concert, as were the city's restaurants and hotels.
Fears of rain spoiling the concert were allayed when Launceston put on a perfect 20C day.
Elton John opened the concert with Your Song and 60 Years On, delighting a diverse crowd including Baby Boomers and teenagers alike.
Sir Elton announced earlier this year that he wanted to visit places other than just the big capital cities during his Australian tour, sparking online petitions from Launceston and Townsville in Queensland offering to host regional concerts.
Because of the strong interest, Sir Elton agreed to do concerts in both cities.