Saturday, February 23, 2008

It's Looking Good For a NW Australian Tour

TERRITORIANS can register their enthusiasm for an Elton John concert via the Northern Territory News website from today.

Sir Elton wants to come to Darwin as part of a swing through the Top End and Western Australia after his Asian tour.

If he comes to Darwin it is likely to be for a concert on May 17 at TIO Stadium at Marrara. 

CLICK HERE to register your support for Sir Elton to play in the Top End.

Promoter Michael Chugg wants to see if there is enough interest in a Darwin to stage a show here.

The stadium would be filled with up to 10,000 seats plus grandstand seating.

The Darwin show needs dates in Broome and Perth to be confirmed as part of the package for Sir Elton's Australian swing.

More than 1500 people have registered so far, keen to see Crocodile Rock played in its natural home.

The Northern Territory News has been taking calls from across the Territory for information about the tour.

Chugg was behind Sir Elton's smash hit regional shows last year, where about 15,000 people packed into Dairy Farmers stadium in Townsville and 15,000  went to Aurora Stadium in Launceston.

As news of the potential tour spread this week, Elton John fan websites lit up with comments from fans.

Many were willing to travel thousands of kilometres to the Top End _ confirming promoters' claims the tour would be a tourism boon for the Top End.

``I've sent off an enthusiastic email to Chugg Entertainment saying that as soon as they release the Darwin date I'll book the flight!'' said Di from Melbourne.

Another user said he was considering booking a bus to fill with Victorian fans for the trek up the Stuart Highway for the show.

Some fans even said they are planning to meet up and get tattoos to commemorate the tour.

And one fan's dedication to the Candle in the Wind singer was clear, as she incited readers to: ``bow our heads and pray to Lord Elton to grant our wish''.

Sir Elton John could be set to rock regional Australia with plans afoot to bring him to Darwin, Broome and Perth later this year.

The Northern Territory and Western Australia missed out on seeing the Rocket Man on his Australian tour last year, but promoter Michael Chugg says he's trying to include them as part of Sir Elton's Asian tour.

Chugg has been holding meetings in Darwin and Perth this week trying to make the shows a reality.

"I'm in Western Australia at the moment trying to put together a Darwin, Broome and Perth run for Elton John as part of his Asian tour," Chugg told AAP.

"Not his Australian tour, because he just did that, but he's doing Asia.

"It's getting harder and harder to do shows in Perth because of the cost and we're trying to put together these three shows as part of the Asian tour, which is a different way of looking at things."

Chugg said that if the shows went ahead it could prompt other artists to re-think the way they tour Australia and the places they include in their itineraries.

If confirmed, the shows are likely to be in May, at the end of Sir Elton's Asian tour.

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