Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sir Elton spent more than two hours delighting the audience as he took to the stage for the only Scottish date on his Rocket Man 2008 tour.
A huge amount of organisation and effort also went in to ensuring the event ran like clockwork.
Any fears of traffic chaos soon proved unfounded as a massive crowd control operation swung into action.
Through the work of the club, Tayside Police, Perth and Kinross Council, and with the assistance of a number of businesses and organisations around the city, parking was found for the 16,000 who attended the gig.
Diversions were put in place, traffic schedules altered and shuttle buses in operation, all leading to the gig going off with a minimum of fuss and disruption.
St Johnstone’s managing director Stewart Duff admitted he had been delighted by the concert’s success after years chasing a top act for Perth.
“The evening went wonderfully well,” he said.
“A great deal of hard work and preparation went into successfully staging the event.
“I have to pay tribute to the many officers within Perth and Kinross Council and Tayside Police — and in particular Inspector Ken Brown — who have all made a major contribution to a great evening.
“We welcomed 16,000 people and the stadium was absolutely rocking thanks to a great performance by Sir Elton John.
“This was the very first pop concert that we have staged here at McDiarmid Park.
“I have tried for years to get promoters to bring a top level act here.
“And I am absolutely delighted that act was someone of the stature of Sir Elton.
“I am hopeful that other promoters might now look at Perth and McDiarmid Park in the future for their top artists.
“That is certainly something we would welcome.
“Of course, such an event is also of major financial benefit to Perth, because it brings thousands into the town to spend money.”
Today the stage was being stripped down and the temporary flooring laid over the pitch removed.
And St Johnstone believe the ground will be back to normal by tomorrow.
Mr Duff added, “I’m sure our groundsman will be keeping a close eye on the pitch as the flooring is lifted.
“However, we’ve no reason to believe it will have been damaged in any way.”