Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Elton John Returning To Australia in May

Sir Elton wants to do a show in the Darwin after he completes his Asian tour in May.

The legendary entertainer would perform in Darwin with his band en route to shows in Broome and Perth.

The performance is not a certainty and tour organisers visited Darwin yesterday to scout venues and gauge support for the concert.

Readers will be able to register their interest through the Northern Territory News website in the coming week.

Promoter Michael Chugg met ministers yesterday  to try and secure government support for the tour, which Chugg said would bring short and long-term tourism benefits.

"A gig in Darwin will pull people from all over Australia," he said.

"If this works you've got to think there'll be more tours coming.

"You could get (artists) coming out of Singapore and starting their Australian tour in Darwin."

The venue of choice is TIO Stadium at Marrara where up to 10,000 chairs would be laid out on the grass.

Chugg, who stages the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival at Byron Bay and has brought Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Darwin, said he wanted to set up an Asia-Top-End-WA tour loop.

He said this was an easier way to get top artists to the Top End than bringing them up from Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane tours.

The Darwin concert is unlikely to go ahead without Perth and Broome, with the three-date sweep being organised as an all-or-nothing package deal.

It follows Sir Elton's concerts last year in Townsville and Launceston when he drew up to 15,000 fans to each show.

"It was such a success we decided to try and do it in Darwin and Broome," Chugg said.

"You get outside the cities and it's like the second coming of Jesus Christ.

"When you get out into the country areas you realise just how big Elton John is."

Please visit: to register your support for Elton's upcoming Australian tour. 

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