Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Elton Returning To Swansea Next Summer


He's famous for his crazy costumes and flamboyant dress sense, but the latest addition to Elton John's wardrobe has a real Swansea connection.

When the Rocket Man touched own in the city at the weekend for his Liberty Stadium gig he took away a special memento - four Swans football shirts with the name Elton and the number 29, the date of the concert, on the back.

Around 25,000 fans packed the stadium for Sunday's show, and the singer is understood to be close to agreeing to a return gig in the city next year, though no date has been set.

Meanwhile, a number of other big- name musical acts are thought to be waiting to follow in Sir Elton's footsteps at the Liberty.

Swansea City director David Morgan said: "Sir Elton is a real football man, and he used to come down to the Vetch as chairman of Watford FC.

"It is great for the city - and for the whole region - that he came back to play a concert at the Liberty.

"He used the home changing room before the show, and the band used the away room.

"He congratulated the Swans on promotion and complimented the city on its new stadium."

Sir Elton wowed the crowd with hits including Daniel, Crocodile Rock and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in his only Welsh gig this year.

Support was provided by Coronation Street star turned singer Richard Fleeshman, and The Storys.

Bosses at the stadium are staying tight-lipped about future concerts, but it is thought negotiations are underway involving a number of "very big names", though no details have been released.

Mr Morgan added: "The concert was such a success. Everyone involved deserves a pat on the back.

"At the end of the show when he was signing autographs the crowd started singing hymns and arias and Sir Elton looked really touched. I hope concerts at the Liberty will become a regular thing."

Andrew Davies, general manager of Swansea Stadium Management Company, said: "Sunday night was a fantastic success for the Liberty Stadium and for Swansea.

"We are now looking to see how we can build on this, and we are hopeful of bringing more artists of a similar stature to Swansea next summer.

"The benefits to Swansea are very clear, and the city is now firmly on the map as a leading music venue."

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