Monday, July 14, 2008

Elton Extends Canadian Tour

The rumour that for so long seemed too good to be true really is true, according to information provided exclusively to the Times & Transcript by a representative of Live Nation and Gillett Entertainment Group.

The news, obtained by the newspaper yesterday, was confirmed by Shane Porter, the City of Moncton's co-ordinator of concerts and major events.

If there ever was a concert that better fit the billing of major event, this would be it, an international superstar playing a venue that seats just 7,000 people.

Moncton has, of course, hosted some other international superstars in recent years, beginning with the Rolling Stones in 2005 through to the Eagles performing here on August 2. But both those events have gone to the outdoor Magnetic Hill concert site where there are facilities and space to feasibly hold upwards of 100,000 people.

Sir Elton John in the relatively intimate space of the Coliseum seems sure to create an absolute frenzy when tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 19 at 9 a.m.

Tickets will be available at the Moncton Coliseum box office, you can charge by phone at (506) 857-4100, or buy online at or There is a four ticket limit per customer.

The iconic performer is coming to Moncton as part of his first visit to Atlantic Canada in a career that has spanned four decades.

Sir Elton will also play Saint John, Halifax and St. John's, Newfoundland between September 26 and October 3. Tickets for the Harbour Station show in Saint John September 30 will go on sale at the same time Saturday morning. Tickets for the Halifax shows September 26 and 27 as well as the St. John's shows October 2 and 3 are expected to go on sale the next day.

Because each city uses different ticketing networks, websites and phone numbers to get tickets will be different for each venue.

Jillian Somers, spokeswoman for the City of Moncton's department of Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Culture, said the city and promoters were working to ensure there be as many seats available as possible at the Moncton Coliseum. "We're selling a 360 degree bowl. We obviously anticipate huge demand."

Somers said the news was great both for Moncton and the entire region.

In Metro specifically, "2008 for us has been a record year for the calibre of the artists, not to mention the sheer volume of artists too. It drives home the fact we've proved we're a fantastic place to hold major music events."

Noting the Eagles and Sir Elton will play here less than two months apart, she said, "having legends like that back to back is just the cherry on top," of an already record year.

Elton John has sold more than 200 million records, has had 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, 35 gold and 25 platinum albums.

His recent touring has focused on smaller cities and smaller venues where he has never performed before. This scheduled Atlantic Canadian tour is in support of his album, Rocket Man: Number Ones.

Released in 2007, it features newly compiled and digitally mastered greatest hits spanning the first three decades of the singer/songwriter's career. He had the biggest selling single of all time in 1997 with Candle in the Wind, which sold 33 million copies.

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