Friday, August 31, 2007

Let the Stampede Begin!

Tickets to the Sept. 28 Elton John concert in the Adams Center are $67 and $97, depending on seating, the University of Montana announced Thursday.

Pretty easy, huh? Whip out the credit card and get your tickets, right?

Not quite.

To ensure equal opportunity and order for what will probably be a mad scramble for the 7,200 available tickets, UM has crafted a flow chart of instructions you're required to follow to get a seat. Those who remember the Sting concert a couple years back will recognize the strategy.

Here's how it works:

- On Sept. 4, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., show up at one of four ticket-outlet stations to get a numbered wristband. Those locations are the Source in the UC, Southgate Mall, Worden's Market and the Adams Center box office. Each station will deliver 500 wristbands, except for the Adams Center station, which will hand out 1,500.

- On Sept. 5 at 9 a.m., one wristband number for each location will be posted on the Adams Center electronic reader board, at,, and on local radio stations.

- At 9:30 a.m., beginning with the announced number, ticket buyers will line up in sequence at each ticket outlet. If you don't show up, you forfeit your place in line. Sales will begin at 10 a.m.

- Sales will also begin at 10 a.m. online at, and by phone at 1-888-MONTANA.

Those with wristbands have the first shot at getting tickets, but having one doesn't necessarily guarantee it. The ones unfortunate enough to be at the back of the line will have to hope that those in front don't all exploit the six-ticket maximum.

And don't bother bringing your checkbook. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are the only accepted forms of payment.

UM also announced that the concert will begin at 8 p.m., and that there is no opening act.

John will play in Bozeman the following evening, Sept. 29, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Tickets to that show also go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 5.

They are $67 and $87, available at Borders Books & Music in Bozeman, Cactus Records and the Strand Union Building; by phone at 1-800-325-SEAT or online at

More on the Elton 60 DVD release

The collectors edition now features a booklet, collectors poster (pictured) and the concert is split on to two discs, with an easter egg of special features. The standard edition is slated to include the first two discs, but not the third which includes rare tracks on CD and of course does not include the poster and booklet. Amazon will also be releasing a 1 disc condensed version for a low price, this will not have any added features. A blue-Ray version is also expected to be released. At this stage the international release date has not been changed from September 24, however the US release date has been delayed until October 2 due to distribution delays.

Disc 1 (Special Limited Edition Version)

1. Sixty Years On (Live At Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live At Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
2. Madman Across The Water (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
3. Where To Now St. Peter? (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
4. Hercules (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
5. Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
6. Take Me To The Pilot (Live At Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
7. High Flying Bird (Live from Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live from Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
8. Holiday Inn (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
9. Burn Down The Mission (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
10. Better Off Dead (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) Video - DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
11. Levon (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
12. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) (Live at Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live at Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound


Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting (Thank you Australia Concert 1984, Elton's 37th)

1. Your Song (Elton at 50 Montage)
2. Border Song (Swiss TV, 1970)
3. Sixty Years On (BBC In Concert, 1970)
4. Tiny Dancer (BBC Sounds For Saturday, 1971)
5. Levon (BBC Sounds For Saturday, 1971)
6. Honky Cat (Royal Festival Hall, 1972)
7. Rocket Man (Royal Festival Hall, 1972)
8. Crocodile Rock (Royal Variety Show, 1972)
9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (TOTP 1973)
10. Daniel (Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, 1976)
11. Someone Saved My Life Tonight (Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, 1976)
12. Candle In The Wind (Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, 1976)
13. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Edinburgh Playhouse 1976)
14. I'm Still Standing (Night & Day Concert, Wembley, 1984)
15. Bennie & The Jets (Night & Day Concert, Wembley 1984)
16. Song For Guy (Thank You Australia Concert, 1984)
17. This Train Don't Stop There Anymore (BBC TOTPSWO, 2001)
18. Tinderbox (BBC 'In Session' outtake from Saint Luke's, 2006)
19. The Bridge (Audio only - album version)

Disc 2 (Live At Madison Square Garden) PCM Stereo , (Live At Madison Square Garden) DTS 5.1 Surround Sound

1. Happy Birthday Presentation
2. Daniel
3. Honky Cat
4. Rocket Man
5. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
6. The Bridge
7. Roy Rogers
8. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
9. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
10. Bennie And The Jets
11. All The Girls Love Alice
12. Tiny Dancer
13. Something About The Way You Look Tonight
14. Philadelphia Freedom
15. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
16. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
17. I'm Still Standing
18. The Bitch Is Back
19. Crocodile Rock
20. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
21. Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
22. Your Song


1. Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters (Royal Festival Hall, 1972)
2. Wouldn't have You Any Other Way (NYC) (BBC 'In Session' St Luke's 2006)
3. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) (Hammersmith Odeon, 1982)
4. Believe (Madison Square Garden, 1995)
5. We All Fall In Love Sometimes/Curtains (MAdison Square Garden, 2005)

Disc 3 BONUS CD (Only in collector's box)

1. Sixty Years On
2. Ballad Of A Well Kown Gun
3. Where To Now St Peter
4. Holiday Inn
5. Madman Across The Water
6. Levon
7. Hercules
8. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
9. Roy Rogers
10. High Flying Bird
11. Better Off Dead
12. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
13. Something About The Way You Look Tonight
14. The Bridge
15. Burn Down The Mission

USD RRP 1 DISC ($19.99), 2 DISC ($29.99), 3 DISC S.E. ($54.98), BLU-RAY (TBC)

Elton's Coming to Santa Cruz, Tenerife!

Elton John will act in the middle of November in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, where for the first time in Spain, a spectacle will be amassed with all his band to perform as one.

A virtual agreement was reached today between the capital City council and the Rolo Productions company, the event organisers.

The concert is expected to be held in the Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez stadium or the Recinto Ferial De Santa Cruz.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Elton's Coming to Bozeman!

There's some good news for fans of Elton John. While it was announced Monday that Missoula would welcome the superstar in September, Bozeman is being added to his list of tour dates.

Sir Elton will play one night on September 29th at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the campus of Montana State University.

You can purchase tickets staring September 5th at 10:00 a.m. at the fieldhouse box office as well as at all Tickets West outlets. There's no word yet on how much tickets to the show will cost.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin - Music for Youth Benefit Concert

Elton John and Bernie Taupin will be the next artists honored at Carnegie Hall in a series of benefits for the UJA Federation of New York's Music for Youth Initiative.

Joss Stone, Shawn Colvin, Aimee Mann, Edie Brickell and Phoebe Snow have all signed on to perform John and Taupin songs for the Oct. 10 concert, along with Lloyd Cole, Ryan Shaw, Page McConnell, Jill Sobule, Ed Harcourt and others.

"Elton and Bernie have such a large catalog of hits, and the great number of musicians interested in performing this tribute is staggering," said producer Michael Dorf. "By showtime, the lineup will include an amazing array of talent, from the very young to old, from an upcoming songwriter to a legend in their own right."

Whether or not John and Taupin will perform, like Bruce Springsteen did at his own tribute in April, has not yet been announced.

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, New York
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 8 PM

Elton Performs 'Blueberry Hill' on Fats Domino Tribute

Music royalty comes together to pay tribute to New Orleans icon Fats Domino. 'Goin' Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino' features all new recordings from Paul McCartney, Elton John, Robert Plant, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Willie Nelson, BB King, Randy Newman and many more.
Landmark recording to benefit Tipitina's Foundation Mission Of Saving The Musical Culture Of New Orleans.

Icons from the world of rock, blues, reggae, pop and country music have joined together to salute the genius of legendary New Orleans piano man FATS DOMINO for the upcoming double CD set, Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino.

Goin’ Home is set for a September 23rd release on Vanguard Records through Shock. This stellar tribute to one of the cornerstones of rock n’ roll music will help raise desperately needed funds specifically earmarked for instruments to be donated to New Orleans’ public school children.

Monies raised from the sales of Goin’ Home will also go toward the rebuilding of Fats Domino’s home and to create a community center in the Crescent City’s still ravaged Lower 9th Ward. Proceeds of Goin’ Home will fund additional community related programs.

The Tipitina’s Foundation, a 501 ©(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of New Orleans through music education for the youth and providing programs that support working musicians of New Orleans and the Gulf Region, conceived and executive produced Goin’ Home.

The roster of music royalty contributing their interpretations of classic Fats Domino songs include: Sir Elton John (Blueberry Hill), Sir Paul McCartney (I Want To Walk You Home), Tom Petty (I’m Walkin’), Robert Plant (It Keeps Rainin’), Willie Nelson (I Hear You Knockin’), B.B. King (Goin’ Home) and Neil Young (Walkin’ To New Orleans).

Goin’ Home will also feature the late John Lennon’s version of Fats’ most popular song, “Ain’t That A Shame.”

In addition, some of modern music’s most prolific artists have contributed their time and talent including Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Ben Harper with The Skatalites, Toots and The Maytals, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock and Bonnie Raitt, as well as up and comers such as Marc Broussard with Sam Bush, Corrine Bailey Rae and Joss Stone with blues master Buddy Guy.

The participation of some of New Orleans’ greatest musicians has been paramount in the process of recording of Goin’ Home. Dr. John, Art Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Theresa Andersson, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Rebirth Brass Band and NOLA funk masters George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and Henry Butler.

Goin’ Home is the brainchild of Tipitina’s Foundation executive director Bill Taylor. “The idea came to me last September when I was trying to come up with a way to thank Fats for donating the proceeds of his last recording, Alive and Kickin’ to our Foundation. I also wanted to create a project that could shine the spotlight on our city’s unique music culture”.

Kevin Welk, President and General Manager of The Welk Music Group stated, "We feel privileged to be involved in such a worthy project. Not only is this a great cause, it continues to raise awareness to a great city that needs all of our support."

Taylor adds, “Fats Domino is the cornerstone of New Orleans music, which in turn became the bedrock for R&B, Soul, Country, Reggae and Rock and Roll. Getting him back to his Lower 9th Ward house will send a clear message to his friends, neighbors and fans that we in New Orleans are coming back and Fats is leading the way.”

The line-up includes (subject to change)

· John Lennon- Ain't That A Shame
· Paul McCartney- I Want to Walk You Home
· Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- I'm Walkin’
· Elton John- Blueberry Hill
· Randy Newman- Blue Monday
· Dr. John- Don't Leave Me This Way
· Toots and the Maytals- Let the Four Winds Blow
· Olu Dara with Donald Harrison - When I See You
· Lenny Kravitz with the Rebirth Brass Band, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker- Whole Lotta Lovin’
· Bonnie Raitt & John Cleary - I’m in Love Again & All by Myself
· Robert Plant with the Lil’ Band O’ Gold- It Keeps Rainin’
· BB King with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk - Goin' Home
· Taj Mahal with The New Orleans Social Club- My Girl Josephine
· Art Neville- Please Don't Leave Me
· Willie Nelson- I Hear You Knockin’
· Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball- I Just Can’t Get New Orleans Off My Mind
· Herbie Hancock with George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste and Renard Poche- I’m Gonna Be A Wheel
· Corinne Bailey Rae- One Night (Of Sin)
· Bruce Hornsby- Don’t Blame it on Me
· Lucinda Williams-I Live My Life
· Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Walter Wolfman Washington and Theresa Andersson - When The Saints Go Marching In
· Joss Stone, Buddy Guy and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Every Night About This Time
· Marc Broussard featuring Sam Bush- Rising Sun
· Allen Toussaint- Go Fats Domino
· Ben Harper with the Skatalites- Be My Guest
· Norah Jones- My Blue Heaven
· Soweto Gospel Choir & Robert Plant- Valley of Tears
· Neil Young- Walkin’ to New Orleans

Elton Celebrating Dior's 60th

Will Elton John play his hits in the key of D, as in Dior? A lucky few will find out Sept. 17 when the legendary pop star performs at a dinner in Paris to mark the 60th anniversary of the French fashion house and its renovated and expanded boutique on Avenue Montaigne. About 250 are expected at the event, which is being hosted by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton kingpin Bernard Arnault and Dior chief Sidney Toledano.

Elton Confirmed for Missoula!

What was whispered about for months and unofficially announced last week is now fact: The “Rocket Man,” Sir Elton John, is coming to Missoula.

The University of Montana will officially announce Wednesday that the British pop pianist, singer and composer, one of the most enduring and intriguing artists in rock history, will play the Adams Center on Friday, Sept. 28.

Ticket prices aren't being announced, but other details are: On Sept. 5 at 10 a.m., tickets will go on sale at, by phone at 1-888-MONTANA or at GrizTix outlets, including the Adams Center box office, the Source in the University Center, Southgate Mall and Worden's Market.

There is a limit of six tickets per purchase.

“A show this big is just exciting for the whole community,” said Ryan Hamilton, director of UM Productions, the student-led organization that is producing the concert.

John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in England 60 years ago, is bringing members of his original band and will perform the greatest hits of his early career, as well as new tracks from “Rocket Man: Number Ones,” a recent compilation CD of his top hits and live tracks.

The six-piece band includes two longtime members who've been with John since his earliest days: Nigel Olsson on drums and musical director Davey Johnstone on guitar. Others include Guy Babylon on keyboards, Bob Birch on the bass and John Mahon on percussion.

John and his band will be situated on the north end of the Adams Center, where most concert stages have been constructed. That will allow floor seating and an audience on all sides. Around 7,200 tickets are expected to be available.

The concert will take place the evening before the UM homecoming football game between the Grizzlies and the Weber State Wildcats.

Over his 40-year career, John has sold more than 250 million albums. Thirty-five of his recordings have gone gold, and 25 more platinum. His massive repertoire includes 59 Top 40 hits and nine No. 1 songs.

His string of hits includes “Levon,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song” and “I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues.”

Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden Collector's Box Set (2 DVD / 1 CD) Exclusive Package Now Available!

This exclusive item is now available to pre-order on It is the 3 disc exclusive to Amazon version.

Simply, click the link above to be taken to the order page.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Elton Confirms 2nd Show for Melbourne!


Werribee Park Mansion
Sunday 16 December
Tickets On Sale Tuesday 4 September at 9am through Ticketek

Michael Chugg today confirmed that following conversations with Sir Elton’s management, a second show for Werribee Park Mansion would go ahead on Sunday 16 December. The decision comes due to overwhelming demand from local fans who missed out on tickets to the first Werribee Park Mansion show. Tickets for the second show go on-sale at 9am, Tuesday 4th September through Ticketek. Chugg expects they will be over the moon at the news, just like the Rocket Man himself.

It’s been an exceptional roll-out for the Elton John tour. It began with just 5 shows across Australia, then a second show was announced for Tempus Two in the Hunter Valley just an hour after the first sold out. Then came passionate cries from Northern Queensland and Tasmania wanting their chance to see Elton John play in their town. Their voices were heard and the shows were added in to the growing itinerary. Now, with the addition of the second show for Victoria, the total number of shows for the Rocket Man Solo Tour is up to nine!

These solo concerts, coined “A Knight Under the Stars” will be a magical way to experience and enjoy the brilliance of Elton John’s music. On stage, just Elton John and a piano, audiences will be able to experience the breadth of his composing talent, listening to hit song after hit song from 35 years at the top of the charts.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest pop musicians in spectacular form when the Rocket Man touches down in Australia this November/December

Elton's Selling Out Mizzou!

COLUMBIA — As of 4 p.m., there were about 2,000 tickets left for Elton John’s Oct. 5 concert at Mizzou Arena. Amy Carroll, director of marketing and booking at the arena, said the available seats were behind the stage.

Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. today and they are going fast. The line of fans that formed at Mizzou Arena’s box office this morning stretched across the arena. Tickets also went on sale this morning at Ticketmaster outlets as well as on the company’s Web site.

Karen Ross, the first person in line at Mizzou Arena, said she had camped out with a friend since 5:45 p.m. Sunday. “We wanted to ensure ourselves good seats,” she said. She walked away with 16 tickets in all.

Instead of going into work at 3M this morning, Steve Moore rode his motorcycle to Columbia’s Streetside Records.

Moore, 43, made the 15-minute drive from Harrisburg to purchase tickets for himself and his wife.

Malissa Peacock of Columbia was also in line at Streetside. She saw an Elton John concert in Atlanta in 1973 with her sister; this time, she’ll be going with her children.

“I think my kids should see him and hear him,” she said.

Nick Soha, assistant manager of Streetside Records, said that people were waiting in front of the store when he arrived for work at 9 a.m. He said the rush to get tickets for this show has been one of the busiest since country singer Kenny Chesney played Columbia a couple years ago.

According to Ticketmaster, people can buy as many as eight tickets, which range in price from $47 to $67 for the upper bowl and behind the stage to $87 for seats in the lower bowl and on the floor.

But Gary Emanuel, 73, of Columbia said that he was only able to buy three of the five tickets he needed the first time.

“I’m not excited about standing in line a second time, “ Emanuel said.

Soha said that he expected tickets to be sold out by the end of the day.

“You want everyone to get a ticket and to be happy, but it just never happens, unless you get lucky,” Soha said.

Tickets for the event are being sold online at and in person at the following locations:

Streetside Records, 401 S. Providence Road

Mizzou Arena, Stadium Boulevard

The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.

Schnuck’s, 1400 Forum Blvd.

Brady Commons, MU campus

Monday, August 27, 2007

Elton's Selling Out Townsville!

Tickets to Elton John’s concert in North Queensland took off like a rocket this morning, selling out the majority of Gold, Silver and Knight’s Terrace ticket types in just over one hour.

To meet the incredible demand, Chugg Entertainment’s production team worked maps and seating plans to build more tickets for Elton John’s December 4 concert at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

At 11am this morning, up to 4,500 more seats will be made available in a newly introduced bronze price category and will sell at $90.00.

Promoter Michael Chugg said he was thrilled with the response from North Queenslanders and pleased more tickets could be made available to satisfy the demand.

The Elton John December 4 Dairy Farmers Stadium concert will go off sale at 10:45am to load the new ticket types and will back on sale at 11am.

Patrons’ patience is requested during this short window of 15 minutes.

Elton to Appear on the X Factor

Jennifer Lopez is to appear on The X Factor as a mentor for contestants.

The US singer and actress will feature alongside Sir Elton John and Celine Dion to perform hits and give advice to the hopefuls, according to reports in The Sun.

TV bosses are also in final talks with Kylie Minogue to be another 'themed week' superstar.

Sister Dannii has revealed how she was keen to get Kylie involved in The X Factor after becoming a judge on the ITV1 series.

Dannii said: "My family are a big part in everything I do and this is a big part of my life."

X Factor boss Simon Cowell is thought to have lined up nine big names to appear on each of the upcoming live shows.

Leona Lewis, last year's winner, is also set to appear with other possible guests including Westlife and comeback kings Take That, who performed at last year's grand finale.

The addition of such A-list celebs are sure to send the show's record ratings soaring.

ITV chiefs were celebrating again on Sunday night after the second show of the new series, featuring the best and worst auditions, pulled in 10 million viewers - 1.5 million more than the same episode last year.

The final of BBC1's Dance X was watched by four million.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Elton Attending Diana Memorial

Princes William and Harry are to give readings at a memorial service for their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on the 10th anniversary of her death.

Her sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, will also read at Friday's service.

Among 500 expected guests are more than 30 royals, including the Duchess of Cornwall, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and celebrities such as Sir Elton John.

The hour-long service, in the Guards' Chapel in London's Wellington Barracks, will begin at midday on Friday.

Both William and Harry have been closely involved in organising the service, along with Earl Spencer, Lady McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.

Diana's musical tastes will be reflected, with some of her favourite classical music, by composers Rachmaninov and Mozart, being included.

Four hymns will be sung, concluding with her favourite, I vow to thee, my country.

The service, conducted by Rev Patrick Irwin, will also include two prayers written by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

An address will be given by the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres.


More than 30 members of the royal family have been invited to the service, headed by the Queen.

About 100 other family members have been invited, along with all of the bridesmaids and page boys from her 1981 wedding.

Former members of the princess's staff and over 110 representatives of charities and organisations with which she was associated are also on the guest list.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former prime ministers Sir John Major and Tony Blair have also been invited.

Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, Mario Testino and Lord Attenborough will be some of the other notable figures.

Princess Diana died, aged 36, along with her companion Dodi Al Fayed, 42, and chauffeur Henri Paul, when the Mercedes they were in crashed in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris on 31 August 1997.

Elton's Coming to Missoula, Montana

It looks like Elton John is coming to Missoula.

The five-time Grammy Award-winning British rock star is tentatively scheduled to perform at the Adams Center on Sept. 28 - the Friday before the University of Montana's homecoming football game against Weber State.

The announcement came at an orientation for new professors Friday, said UM President George Dennison.

UM's vice president for finance and administration, Bob Duringer, told new faculty members about the concert, which came as much of a surprise to Dennison as to others in the room.

“I had heard this was being discussed, but the final details happened to get worked out just today,” Dennison said late Friday afternoon. Had he known earlier, he said, the news would have broken at his own State of the University address Friday morning.

Duringer cautioned that a final contract is still several weeks from being signed.

“It looks favorable, but it's not done yet,” he said.

Duringer told the new staff members about the concert as a way of showing them “about the dynamic part of the community.”

The concert will be the second blockbuster brought to the University of Montana in as many years.

The Rolling Stones played in Washington-Grizzly Stadium last October, attracting a sell-out crowd of 23,000 fans to the highest-attended concert in the state's history.

This time, though, the concert will be indoors.

Some of Elton John's biggest hits include “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” He won Grammy Awards for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney's 1994 animated movie “The Lion King,” and for the revised 1997 version of “Candle in the Wind,” mourning the death of Princess Diana.

Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, granting him the title of “Sir.”

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Elton Coming to Latvia

Elton and the band are to play a concert on Friday, September 14 at the Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia.

This will be his second concert in Latvia; he played there in 2001 as part of the Mediterranean tour.

Tickets go on public sale on August 27.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Elton 60 DVD Available Now!

The Elton 60 Live at MSG DVD Set is now available for preorder. The International Release Date is September 24, 2007, via The Elton Shop

The Amazon pre-order is also now available, simply click the link in the box provided.

Here is the entire track list:
    Disc One

      1.Sixty Years On
      2.Madman Across The Water
      3.Where To Now ST Peter?
      5.Ballad Of A Well Known Gun
      6.Take Me To The Pilot
      7.High Flying Bird
      8.Holiday Inn
      9.Burn Down The Mission
      10.Better Off Dead
      12.Empty Garden

      Live Rare & Unseen

      1.Your Song(Elton at 50 Montage)
      2.Border Song(Swiss TV,1970)
      3.Sixty Years On(BBC in Concert,1970)
      4.Tiny Dancer(BBC Sounds For Saturday,1971)
      5.Levon(BBC Sounds For Saturday 1971)
      6.Honky Cat(Royal Festival Hall,1972)
      7.Rocket Man(Royal Festival Hall,1972)
      8.Crocodile Rock(Royal Variety Show, 1972)
      9.Goodbye Yellow Brick Road(TOTP 1973)
      10.Daniel(Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre 1976)
      11.Someone Saved My Life Tonight(Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre 1976)
      12.Candle In The Wind(Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre 1976)
      13.Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word(Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre 1976)
      14.I'm Still Standing(Night & Day Concert Wembley, 1984)
      15.Bennie & The Jets Night & Day Concert Wembley,1984)
      16.Song For Guy(Thank You Austrailia Concert, 1984)
      17.This Train Don't Stop there Anymore(BBC TOTPTSWO, 2001)
      18.Tinderbox(BBC'In Session Outtake From Saint Luke's,2006)
      Disc Two

      14.Honkey Cat
      15.Rocket Man
      16.I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
      17.The Bridge
      18.Roy Rodgers
      19.Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
      20.Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
      21.Bennie And The Jets
      22.All The Girls Love Alice
      23.Tiny Dancer
      24.Something About The Way You Look Tonight
      25.Philadelphia Freedom
      26.Sad Songs(Say So Much)
      27.Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
      28.I'm Still Standing
      29.The Bitch Is Back
      30.Crocodile Rock
      31.Saturday Night's Lright For Fighting
      32.Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
      33.Your Song

      Elton's New York Stories

      1.Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters(Royal Festival Hall 1972)
      2.Wounldn't Have You Any Other Way(NYC)(BBC In Session ST Luke's 2006)
      3.Empty Garden( Hey Hey Johnny)Hammersmith Odeom 1982)
      4.Believe(Madison Square Garden 1995)
      5.We All Fall In Love Sometimes/Curtains (Madison Square Garden 2005)

Elton Playing in Estonia!

On the 15th of September Elton and his band will play a medley of their greatest hits at Tallinn's Saku Arena.

Ticket prices will be 795 EEK (standing)-, 995/1500 (seated) and 3000 EEK (VIP), and are available at Piletilevi and Statoil all over Estonia from the 27th of August.

Fans should act fast, since only 7800 tickets are to be released, starting at ten in the morning

Elton John coming to Columbia

Word might have already slipped out to some of you, but the University of Missouri made it official today: Elton John will be performing Oct. 5 at Mizzou Arena.

"We are extremely excited and honored to host an artist of the caliber of Elton John," MU associate athletic director Tim Hickman said in a release this morning. "This will be the largest concert we have ever hosted in our arena and the largest to come to Columbia since the Rolling Stones performed at Faurot Field in 1994."

Reserved tickets for Sir Elton will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday and cost $87 (floor, most of the lower bowl), $67 (most of the upper bowl) and $47 (extreme sides, other limited views), Hickman said over the phone this morning. They will be available at the Mizzou Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at (866) 646-8849.

Check out this afternoon's Tribune for a brief with a bit more information on the arrival of the Rocket Man in Mid-Missouri.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Elton Confirmed for Gold Coast Show!

According to Chugg Entertainment, a show date for South East Queensland has been confirmed!

The Location is currently TBA.


Please check back for further information

Elton John Townsville Pre-Sale Information


Pre-sale starts : Thu 23 Aug, noon
Pre-sale ends* : Fri 24 Aug, noon*
General public on sale : Mon 27 Aug, 9am

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Elton Joins Daniel Pearl World Music Days

The Daniel Pearl Foundation announced that Elton John will join hundreds of amateur and professional musicians from around the world who are registering to participate in the fifth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, which takes place October 6-15. The event is intended to promote unity and tolerance through the universal language of music.

This year's participants currently include: -- Elton John performances from October 6 - 15 -- Symphony orchestras in London, South Africa, Israel, Los Angeles, Qatar, Alabama and New Hampshire -- Neo soul artist Nya Jade performing in New York City -- The world premiere of Steve Reich's "Daniel Variations" at Barbican Centre, London and Carnegie Hall, New York -- "Bo Diddley and Friends" in Louisiana -- A performance by Lamajamal at the Chicago World Music Festival -- The Festival of India featuring Sitar and Sarod presented by the World Music Institute in New York City -- Hollywood Interfaith Choir Festival -- Javed Bashir & Troupe premier performance in Karachi, Pakistan -- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Youth Performance in San Francisco

"We are honored that Elton John is once again participating in Daniel Pearl World Music Days, " said Ruth Pearl, Daniel's mother and founding member of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "Elton John is truly one of the world's foremost musical artists and his participation has helped us build an international network of concerts dedicated to bridging cultural divides and promoting tolerance through the universal language of music."

Judea Pearl, Daniel's father and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, added, "Danny was a talented musician and principled journalist who connected with all cultures and found magic in every person. World Music Days, which commemorates Danny's Oct. 10 birthday, is his legacy to unite people in a stand for sanity and humanity. To participate, we simply ask that the participants say a few words from the stage or in the program in affirmation of the principles for which Danny stood."

Dedicating his song "Daniel" to World Music Days in 2004, Elton John said "I'd like to dedicate this song to the memory of Daniel Pearl who was a journalist who was brutally murdered while doing his job in the bravest of circumstances and to recognize those journalists who do go out in the forefront of danger."

Famed jazz innovator Herbie Hancock, summed up the spirit behind the events in a recent public service announcement, "Join me in using the universal language of music to diminish hatred, respect differences and reach out in friendship."

Participation entails no financial obligations and online registration is open to all genre. Past participants include Elton John, R.E.M., Yo-Yo Ma, Cheb i Sabbah, DJ Jeremy Sole, Michael Franti, Los Lobos, the Arab-Israeli Orchestra of Nazareth, and many others. This year, artists in Slovakia, Egypt, Taiwan, Israel, Pakistan, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, El Salvador, Mexico, China, Qatar, India, Sweden, France, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Canada, Australia, United States, New Zealand and Taiwan have already registered, with hundreds more expected.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Billy Elliot Live in New York!

Billy Elliott is ready to dance on Broadway. The hit London musical, which has long been scheduled for a fall 2008 New York bow, will start performances on September 17, 2008 at the Imperial Theatre. No casting or theater information has been announced.

Based on the successful feature film, Billy Elliot tells the story of a boy with a dream of becoming a dancer while living in a northern England town where men box and work in the mines. A funny, heartwarming musical and a feel-good celebration of his triumph against the odds, Billy Ellliot opened in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre on May 11, 2005 and went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Bringing the production to the Broadway stage is the original London creative team of Stephen Daldry (director), Elton John (music) and Lee Hall (book and lyrics). Daldry and Hall were also the creative team behind the film.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Revealing Doco about Elton set for TV

ICONIC popstar Sir Elton John will take viewers on a flamboyant and intimate journey through his life in a documentary.

Me, Myself and I moves from the highs and lows of Elton’s life and will be voiced in his own words.

He will unveil childhood memories and share home movies, while talking about the more challenging events of his life.

Elton, real name Reginald Kenneth Dwight, also confides how he beat his addictions and how he felt performing at Princess Diana’s funeral.

The Are You Ready For Love star reveals how his civil partnership to long term partner David Furnish made him complete and you can expect candid chats about his unique relationships with the late Queen Mother, Princess Diana, Rod Stewart and John Lennon.

Elton said: "I’ve taken work seriously, the artistic side of things, but I’ve never really taken fame seriously otherwise I wouldn’t be able to look back and laugh at some of the hideous things I’ve done."

Elton John: Me, Myself and I is due to air September 22nd in the UK on ITV. It will also be shown by Fox at a later date.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Elton Confirmed for Tasmania!

Elton John Confirmed
to Play Tasmania!

Saturday 8 December
Aurora Stadium, Launceston

“Rocket Man Solo Tour
A Knight Under the Stars”
Tickets On Sale - Monday 27 August

Michael Chugg is once again over the moon, to announce today that Elton John will perform at the Aurora Stadium, Launceston, on Saturday 8 December. Promoter of Elton’s Australian Tour, Michael Chugg, came to Tasmania today, and joined The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, in making this ground breaking announcement. Chugg, a Launceston local, thanked the people of Tasmania for demonstrating their support to make this Elton concert happen, and is thrilled to bring the biggest party of all to his home town.

“You wanted him Tasmania, now you’ve got him,” cheered Chugg.

Tasmanians played a huge part in supporting the concert with over 5,000 registrations on the Elton John feature of Tourism Tasmania’s website. Those who registered will automatically go on to a pre-sale list for ticket offers before they are available to the general public.

With the recent announcement of the successful campaign in North Queensland and the news of a second show for the Hunter Valley, today’s announcement now takes the Rocket Man Solo Tour to a total of 8 solo shows across Australia.

These solo concerts will be a magical way to experience and enjoy the brilliance of Elton John’s music. On stage, just Elton John and a piano, audiences will be able to experience the breadth of his composing talent, listening to hit song after hit song from 35 years at the top of the charts.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest pop musicians in spectacular form when the Rocket Man touches down in Australia this November/December.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Elton's Private Photos on exhibition in the UK

Photographs plucked from the private collection of music legend Sir Elton John – some never seen in public - will be shown in the UK next month.

Around 150 images captured by New York-based photographer Nan Goldin will be exhibited at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, from 21 September.

The series of pictures, called Thanksgiving, document the photographer's life from 1973-1999.

The curator of The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Jane Jackson, said: 'Elton was first attracted to the directness, truth and poignancy of Nan Goldin's photography. And her work forms a central part of Elton John's collection.'

Elton began collecting photos in 1991 while visiting friends at a photography festival in France. It was there, it is said, that he first began to appreciate photography as an art form.

The images on show will chronicle both 'surviving relationships and the friends Goldin has lost, many to AIDS or drug addiction', said a Baltic Centre spokeswoman.

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is located at Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 3BA.

The show will run until 6 January 2008 and entry will be free.

For details call 0191 478 1810 or visit

New Elton John documentary Out Soon

You’ve been losing trivia nights ever since Pop-Up Video and Behind the Music went off the air, haven’t you?

Well, here’s a tidbit you can use to impress your friends: Reginald Dwight is the name behind the myth, the man and the geometrically-inclined sunglasses: Sir Elton John.

Someone Like Me, a new documentary about the knighted rocker, is chock full of everything they warned us about during high school assemblies — drug addictions, depression and tantrums. A lesser man would have caved years ago.

But after 60 years and over 200 million in album sales, John just keeps on providing ripe tabloid and interview material. Look for the film—and his cah-razy specs—come September 18.

On September 18, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Someone Like Me, a 141-minute documentary (retail: $9.98) that goes behind the glitter to delve into Elton's character.

The DVD will follow his path from troubled child and classical music student to an international treasure who has sold over 200 million albums.

But his troubles with drugs, alcohol and depression will not be overlooked.

The musician's impact on AIDS research and relationships with the likes of Princess Diana and John Lennon are also to be explored.

Stocked with interviews of friends and foes alike, Someone Like Me is a compelling, informative and entertaining portrait of a singularly unique and complex musical genius.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Elton 60 Cover Art Out

Here is a recent version of the Elton 60 DVD cover art. This is subject to change.

The exclusive set comprises a 2-disc Region 0 PAL DVD set featuring the full 210 minutes of this momentous show, including the rarely performed fan favourites like 'Levon' & 'Take me To The Pilot' along with 23 rare and unseen bonus clips plus BONUS CD, presented in a deluxe boxset with full poster.

It looks as though this will be released in two versions; the standard concert ($40US) & deluxe package with bonus cd & boxset packaging for approx. $60USD. Various pre-sale opportunities are now available throughout the web.

What do you think of it? Leave a comment.

Looking for tickets to Tempus II?

Rover Coaches have an allocation of Gold tickets for Elton's Sunday December 2 show at Tempus Two in the Hunter Valley for just $320 plus transport booking.

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Elton in Tasmania on December 11?

TASMANIAN Tourism Minister Paula Wriedt is continuing her last-ditch campaign to get British rocker Elton John to perform somewhere in the Apple Isle during his end-of-year tour, despite being beaten to the December 4 slot by Townsville last weekend.

Strewth understands that Wriedt, who yesterday was loudly exhorting all Taswegians to register their Elton interest on the discovertasmania website, is hoping she can convince promoter Michael Chugg to mount a Tassie concert on December 11, between John's Townsville gig and the Melbourne concert at Werribee Park on December 15.

She may get some sympathy: the Melbourne-based Chugg used to be a Tasmanian and December 11 is Wriedt's 39th birthday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More on Elton's North Queensland Date

It was a different kind of arrival to what we can expect when Sir Elton John jets into North Queensland this December. The pop superstar will arrive by private jet or helicopter for the North’s biggest concert in decades and security will be tight.

But it was a low-key, North Queensland-style entrance today; being driven from the airport in a Ute, for the man the North is calling their dream-maker.

Michael Chugg, promoter of Elton’s Australian Tour and North Queensland concert came to Townsville to thank those who helped make the landmark decision possible: the venue where the concert will be held, Dairy Farmers Stadium, without which the concert wouldn’t have been possible, but mostly to send a message of thanks to the people of North Queensland.

“You wanted him North Queensland, now you’ve got him,” cheered Chugg.

When it was confirmed on August 4 that Mr Chugg’s company, Chugg Entertainment, was “thinking about” bringing Elton to North Queensland, the locals weren’t quite sure if it was a hoax or not.

But those who believed and responded to local media petitions, on-line registrations and even dressing up store fronts, all helped convince Mr Chugg to bite the bullet, bypass Brisbane, and head North with Elton John’s Rocket Man Solo Tour – A Knight Under the Stars.

Chugg announced on August 11 that Elton John would definitely play the North.

“Brisbane’s a bit peeved,” he said, “so we’re looking at venue locations down there now.

“But for you North Queensland, Elton is locked in, confirmed and is coming here to Dairy Farmers Stadium on December 4.

“This is a once in a lifetime to chance for the North, and for me,” he laughed.

“If it doesn’t sell out I’m in big trouble.

“If it works, we’ll definitely be looking at bringing more shows like this North.”

Tickets to Elton John’s North Queensland concert will go on sale from or 132 849 on Monday August 27.

Gold tickets are $245.00 and silver tickets $140.00.

On what is being called The Knight’s Terrace tickets will be sold for $275.00 with a hospitality food and beverage option.

Cocktail Companion tickets will be sold for entry to pre-event marquees.

“Tickets are on sale in less than two weeks, so c’mon North Queensland, show us you can be a concert-going capital and sell this baby out!” finished Chugg.

Elton Coming to the Gold Coast!

SOUTHEAST Queensland has finally been invited to the party with a seventh date of Elton John's "Rocket Man Solo Tour" slated for Elysian Fields Polo Estate, just outside the Gold Coast.

Tour promoter Michael Chugg, who travels to Townsville today to officially announce the only other Queensland show at Dairy Farmers Stadium, said he hoped to confirm the Elysian Fields date in the next couple of days.

The upmarket polo estate is located 15 minutes west of Surfers Paradise and about 45 minutes from Brisbane on Canungra's Wonglepong Rd.

It is understood miffed fans, who feared southeast Queensland had been left out of the loop, lobbied promoters Chugg Entertainment soon after Townsville was named as the host city for a December 4 show.

But Chugg said a southern Queensland date was always on the cards.

"We did have a few emails over the Brisbane thing but we always had the intention to have a concert in the region," Chugg said.

"But we wanted the venue to be perfect."

Wine bars, picnic areas and giant screens will built for the Elysian Fields show which follows the boutique trend of the 'Rocket Man Solo Tour'.

The tour will also touch down for two shows at the Hunter Valley's Tempus Two Winery, one show at the Barossa Arts Centre in the Barossa Valley and another at Melbourne's Weribee Park Mansion.

"Elton has been doing these type of tours for about seven or eight years and I have been to a couple of them - they are called 'stately mansion' or 'castle' or 'winery' tours in England and Europe," Chugg said. "But seeing as we don't have any castles in Australia, these venues were the next best thing."

But the boutique venues carry a boutique price tag – tickets will start at $220 with premier seating expected to sell for around $350.

Already both Hunter Valley shows have sold out, with the 10,000-capacity Gold Coast show also expected to sell out in record time.

The Gold Coast date has not been set though it is likely to be held in early December.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Elton John's Australasian Tour is Growing...

2nd Concert for the Hunter Valley just announced!
Tempus Two Winery
Sunday 2 December
Tickets On Sale Now - Ticketek

Michael Chugg is not the Rocket Man but he is over the moon at the phenomenal ticket sales today for the first Elton John concert at the Tempus Two Winery in the Hunter Valley. The concert scheduled for Saturday 1st December went on sale at 9am today and sold out in just 10 minutes! With such a huge response, a 2nd Concert has been announced for Sunday 2 December, tickets are on sale now thorough Ticketek!

“Elton, his management, and myself are blown away with the amazingly superfast sell-out at Tempus Two, and I’m proud to announce this second concert in the Hunter Valley on Sunday 2 December” said Michael Chugg.

The Rocket Man Solo Tour will see Sir Elton perform both indoors and under the stars in some of the most exquisite and breathtaking venues across the country. These solo concerts will be a magical way to experience and enjoy the brilliance of Elton John’s music. On stage, just Elton John and a piano, audiences will be able to experience the breadth of his composing talent, listening to hit song after hit song from 35 years at the top of the charts.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest pop musicians in spectacular form when the Rocket Man touches down in Australia this November/December.

Tasmania still high on Elton John tour agenda

Elton John fans in Tasmania are being urged to keep up their support, with word from promoters that the State is firming up as a concert destination for the international superstar.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said concert promoters Chugg Entertainment have announced that Townsville has successfully secured Elton John’s sixth Australian concert.

“Townsville and other North Queenslanders got behind the voting process and triumphed with a concert,” Ms Wriedt said.

“Chugg Entertainment has already acknowledged that Tasmania has already surpassed Townsville’s vote in signatures, so we are confident of positive consideration.

“It’s now more important than ever that Tasmanians speak up by registering their encouragement and enthusiasm for a Tasmanian concert.”

Tasmanians are being urged to log on to the special Elton John section of Tourism Tasmania’s website and those who register online will automatically go on to a pre-sale list for ticket offers before they are available to the general public.

“An Elton John tour to Tasmania is dependent upon the level of support we can generate, so get online quickly to register your vote,” Ms Wriedt said.



After the initial two day pre-sales for TSB Bank customers the first public sales via Ticketek saw an amazing ‘one- ticket sales per second’ transacted online and by phone last Saturday. By the end of the weekend 10,000 seats of the total 15,000 capacity had already gone.

Promoter Phil Sprey of Capital C: Concerts said ‘We were astounded at the speed of the sales, and it was great to see most going to people in the Taranaki region.’ ‘From today we will expect those from other NZ locations to want to get to New Plymouth and Air New Zealand is already scheduling extra flights and packages into the city’.

The remaining 5000 seats mostly in the best lower slopes of the bowl are still available but will disappear quickly.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Elton Confirmed for Townsville!

You wanted him North QLD.

Dairy Farmers Stadium
Tuesday 4th December

Tickets from Ticketek or 132 849

Counter sales from the following ticketek outlets:

Cairns Taipans
Mulgrave Rd
Earlville, Cairns, QLD 4870

Townsville Civic Theatre
41 Boundary Street
Townsville QLD 4810

Ticket Shop at Centro Townsville
Ross River Road
Townsville QLD 4812


TOWNSVILLE – you've done it. Thanks to you, Sir Elton John has been confirmed to perform in the city on December 4.

After launching a campaign last week to bring the pop sensation to the North, thousands of people showed their support by signing petitions in-paper and online.

Although Townsville didn't receive as many signatures as tour promoter Michael Chugg would have liked, he decided to bite the bullet and give North Queenslanders what they had yearned for so long.

"We're very excited to add Townsville to the schedule – it's really good for all of us and for Northern Queensland especially," Mr Chugg said.

Townsville has been competing with Tasmania for the tour slot and Mr Chugg said although Tasmania had far surpassed Townsville's vote in signatures, bringing the pop icon to North Queensland was a risk he was willing to take.

"If it doesn't work I'm going to lose a lot of money but I think the North has been very exciting over the last few years with the Cowboys ... and the whole entertainment thing is changing up there and I thought this would be a good time to crack at it," he said.

Townsville Bulletin promotions manager Doug Kingston said he was very happy with the outcome.

"It's the biggest coup the Townsville Bulletin has pulled off which is a pretty big call considering we have brought the Davis Cup here which sold out in less than a day and I think this concert is going to be exactly the same," Mr Kingston said.

"It acknowledges that we have come of age as an entertainment destination for international artists, but more importantly, if this concert sells out, it will send a signal not only to Michael Chugg but other international promoters to bring that same level of artist here."

Mr Kingston said Sir Elton would perform the Rocket Man Solo Tour at Dairy Farmers Stadium in front of a potential 20,000 people.

"The stage will be constructed on the ground in front of the Western grandstand but facing the Eastern grandstand," he said.

Townsville Tony Mooney was over-the-moon when he found out about the tour confirmation.

"It's fantastic news, it's a great coup for Townsville," Cr Mooney said.

"To have an artist of the calibre of Elton John coming to Townsville is a huge win and it should be the start of something big when it comes to bringing international touring acts to our city," he said.

"The real challenge for us now is for the community to get behind the event and fill the Dairy Farmers Stadium and make it a night to remember."

Thuringowa mayor Les Tyrell agreed.

"I think it's great that we have achieved the recognition to attract a performer like Elton to the city and it's also pleasing to know that we have a venue that makes it possible for him to come and perform at," Cr Tyrell said.

Mr Chugg said the singing legend's one-off show would be something to remember.

"Most of the concerts on this tour will be outdoors and hopefully we won't get any unexpected rain and the concert will go off," Mr Chugg said.

"It's a very important time for North Queensland and hopefully everybody will come along – it's going to be a great night."

Everyone who registered their names with the online petition will be given the first chance to purchase tickets to the show before they go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 27 through Ticketek.

Elton Recording in Africa?

Cellist/composer Martin Tillman says he's looking forward to reteaming with Elton John.

"We're discussing some possible recording projects for next year, but they are still very secret," says Tillman, who played with Sir Elton on the recently aired tribute to the late Princess Diana at England's Wembley Stadium.

"I think Elton would like to explore a different style of music and maybe go to Africa and find different countries in which to record. It would be very cool."

Thursday, August 9, 2007

2nd Tempus II Hunter Valley Show Confirmed


Rover has been given priority for Gold and Silver Tickets for a new Concert on Sunday, December 02, which will be announced immediately the Saturday concert is sold out, which they are expecting will happen on Monday. If you would like tickets for the Sunday Concert please phone our Office prior to 5pm tomorrow, (Friday 10 August), with your details and number of tickets. Our staff will take down your credit card details and process your tickets as soon as the Sunday Concert is announced, assuring you of tickets.

It is our understanding that the entire Gold allocation for Saturday was pre-sold to Corporate and VIP packages. We have limited Bronze tickets for the Concert on Saturday, December 01, 2007, which you can book from today.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Elton for Tasmania?

Tourism chiefs in Tasmania have launched an official petition to lure SIR ELTON JOHN to the country. The State Government has urged locals to back their campaign to bring the singer to the Southern hemisphere territory after the Rocket Man announced five dates in Australia in December (07).

Promoter Michael Chugg insists John could be persuaded to add another performance to the scheduled gigs, but says locals must prove they are desperate to have him perform in their area. He says, "There are two or three regional areas that would love to see Elton John play there and basically my attitude is, well, it's a big show, it's not easy to do, let's see how interested you are." North Queensland, Australia, is also vying for the potential additional performance by John.

Complete the petition form online at:

Elton playing New Plymouth

His Thursday, December 6, concert is his sole New Zealand gig and comes between shows in Australia.

The 15,000 tickets to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands concert - which range in price from $155 to $375 - go on sale to TSB Bank customers tomorrow and Friday, before general sales start on Saturday.

For weeks there has been speculation about a high-profile performer coming to the Bowl and last week some news websites prematurely announced Sir Elton's New Plymouth concert.

The reports were hastily withdrawn after the promoter warned that the deal was not official.

Promoter Phil Sprey, from Wellington's Capital C: Concerts, says the New Plymouth show comes exactly a year to the day after Sir Elton's last New Zealand performance.

Last December Mr Sprey brought the rock legend to Wellington's Westpac Stadium where he performed for 35,000 fans - the venue's third-biggest crowd.

At the time Mr Sprey asked the superstar if he would pop across the Tasman in the middle of his Australian tour and, to his surprise, Sir Elton agreed.

In New Plymouth yesterday to officially announce the concert, Mr Sprey said he again saw a gap in Sir Elton's planned summer tour down under later this year and put to him the possibility of a New Zealand concert.

Working with Venture Taranaki they were able to attract Sir Elton to the Bowl, said Mr Sprey, who as a teenager spent a couple of years as a boarder at New Plymouth Boys' High School and admits having a soft spot for the Bowl.

The Rocket Man Solo concert will see Sir Elton on stage with his signature piano.

Mr Sprey says there is no truth to the rumour that Sir Elton himself had come to check out the Bowl when he was here last year and neither had his people.

"We sold the venue to them. The concert (in Wellington) last year was one of the best productions. If they have had a great experience with us it helps us and others to bring the act back, it adds to the weight."

Mr Sprey says they could have taken the concert to a larger venue but it was about more than just the bottom line.

"It's about delivering an experience that won't be forgotten for a very long time. I don't think the audience or Elton will be disappointed.

"We see it as our responsibility to work with the venue and the community."

Mr Sprey has no doubt the New Plymouth concert will sell out.

New Plymouth Mayor Peter Tennent is thrilled the concert is coming.

He says Mr Sprey has pushed the Bowl as an iconic venue.

"I think the world knows my view on that venue, I don't think you'd get a more special outdoor venue anywhere and I think it's most appropriate that one of the world's top entertainers is here in New Plymouth," Mr Tennent said.

"I'm thrilled, what better pre-Christmas entertainment than this?"

Tickets to Sir Elton's show will cost $375 for premier diamond seats, premier platinum tickets will be $265 and gold tickets $155.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Ticketek Australia Pre Sale On Now!


Pre-sale starts : Wed 8 Aug, noon
Pre-sale ends* : Fri 10 Aug, noon
General public on sale : Mon 13 Aug, 9am

A pre-sale is an opportunity to secure tickets prior to the General Public, not a preferential seating service. A selection of seating throughout the venue is made available for pre-sales.
* or until pre-sale allocation is sold out.

On sale times are quoted in local time.

The pre-sale is only available through this link: The password is: ROCKETMAN

More Australian Rumours... has announced that Elton will play in Townsville in Northern Territory Australia. No confirmed dates or venues as yet though.

Furthermore, Showbiz now has a waitlist for a 2nd Hunter Valley Show! So perhaps a 2nd show in the Tempus II Winery is on the cards.

Elton Sold Out

Elton John's inaugural concert at the Sprint Center sold out Monday within 90 minutes of the tickets going on sale, Sprint Center officials said.

KMBC's Robb Yagmin reported that about 20 people stood in line to buy tickets, and some left singing the blues."I was third in line when I got to the window and it was sold out," said Larry Childers. "Just to be there on opening night of the Sprint Center is worth it."

By mid-afternoon there were fewer than 50 single-seat tickets left _ tickets that likely will remain unsold because people go to concerts in pairs, said Shani Tate Ross, director of communications and marketing for the Sprint Center. In industry terms, that’s a sellout.

“It did exceed expectations for the opening event and for the market,” Tate Ross said. “We’re very pleased.”

Saturday, August 4, 2007

A Petition for Elton

On Chugg Entertainment there is a petition to get Elton to perform in Queensland as part of his upcoming Australain tour.

"Join Townsville Bulletin, 4TO and WIN Television in convincing Chugg Entertainment to get Elton to North Queensland!"

If there are enough online registrations Elton may come!

Check out:

Elton doing 2nd show in SA!

Big Concerts and 94.7 Highveld Stereo are thrilled to announce that owing to the massive ticket demand, a second show has been confirmed for the Johannesburg leg of Elton John’s upcoming SA Tour. Due to the considerable requests for additional seating, the second Johannesburg show will be fully seated.

The highly anticipated tour kicks off on the 13th of January in Cape Town, before the legendary entertainer and his band head to Durban’s ABSA Stadium on the 16th, and finally Johannesburg’s Coca-Cola Dome for shows on the 18th And 19th of January 2008.

A legend in his lifetime, a great humanitarian, a multiple Grammy winner, a flamboyant superstar and a hero of our times, Sir Elton John is the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of his generation.

Celebrating over 40 years of touring, Elton’s musical life is marked by a startling resilience, openness and refusal to let his talent simmer . His first SA tour will see him accompanied onstage by his band, performing hits from his massive repertoire, including Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Your Song, Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, Crocodile Rock, The Bitch Is Back, I'm Still Standing, Saturday Night, Bennie & The Jets and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word and countless others.

Don’t miss the chance to see Elton John and his band, Live in SA!