Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Elton To Play Alaska for the 1st time

Sir Elton John will perform at the Carlson Center on May 29, according to Joe Wooden, the regional general manager for SMG of Alaska, which manages the venue. The pop superstar — who boasts more than 200 million in album sales, membership in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II — is making his debut in Alaska.

With a career that spans nearly 40 years, John is famous for his flamboyant style, piano prowess and songs like “Rocket Man,” “Daniel” and the best-selling single in history, “Candle In the Wind.”

Wooden said he expects the show to sell out in a matter of hours. “This is by far the biggest concert that I can ever remember coming to Alaska,” he said.

Carlson Center box office manager Kristin Baysinger said Alaska is benefiting from a stopover that John is making following a concert in Hong Kong. He’ll perform on consecutive nights in Anchorage and Fairbanks before continuing to Las Vegas.

Baysinger said specific details of the concert are still being worked out, but she expects at least eight sections will be opened on the Carlson Center floor, using a configuration the arena has never used before. The venue will do its best to maximize space while maintaining good sight lines, she said, with an expected capacity of about 6,500 seats.

“Basically, we will have every seat available that we can get,” Baysinger said.

Ticket prices for the event are set at $115 and $75, not including fees. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, and will be available at Fred Meyer Ticketmaster outlets, the Carlson Center box office, 456-4800, and www.ticketmaster.com.

Elton John will perform in Sullivan Arena on May 28. The show is part of his 2008 "Rocket Man: Number Ones" tour.

Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, with a six-ticket limit per purchase. Ticket prices will range from $56.50 to $116.50, including the municipal surcharge, said Joe Wooden, regional general manager of SMG of Alaska Inc. The show's promoter is Los Angeles-based AEG Live.

"This will be the biggest thing we've had here in recent memory," Wooden said.

He noted that this would be Sir Elton's first performance in Alaska and that, in addition to the Anchorage show, John would also perform at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks the following night.

In a recent interview with TV personality Larry King, John expressed an interest in performing in the U.S. states in which he had not yet appeared, and he mentioned Alaska specifically. (Vermont and Delaware were the other two.)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Elton to play Vermont for the 1st time

A music legend is coming to Vermont.

Sir Elton John is one the most popular names in rock and pop, but he's never performed in the state before. That will change July 21st. Elton John and his band are planning a show for the fairgrounds in Essex Junction.

Tickets go on sale May 2nd and you can expect more than 10,000 fans to sell out the Expo.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Elton's NZ Concert a Rip Off?

Elton John is playing his third New Zealand concert in two years, but it seems the laws of supply and demand don't apply - tickets to next month's Vector Arena concert are up to $100 more expensive than those for last year's New Plymouth show.

It's nothing against Aucklanders, apparently, who are being asked to fork out between $257 and $392 - the priciest tickets for a Vector show yet - to see the Rocket Man.

But promoter Phil Sprey of Capital C Concerts, who staged John's shows in Wellington in 2006 and New Plymouth in 2007, said Aucklanders will be treated to much better views of the star at the fully seated concert.

"For $150 [in New Plymouth] you were standing at the back of the hill. And $260 in New Plymouth you were standing halfway up the hill," Sprey explained.

Sprey said fans would be much closer to the stage at Vector Arena.

"In fact, by international standards it's very cheap for an Elton John concert," he said.

But a check of John's international concert itinerary shows that isn't the case.

Tickets to John's Las Vegas concerts are priced at US$100-$250, that's around $125-$315. An upcoming concert series throughout Britain sees tickets selling for 40-75. That's just $99-$186.

Likewise, tickets to Elton's show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre similar in size, layout and production requirements to Vector Arena - two days before his Auckland show are priced from A$145-$290 ($171-$250).

With only half the Vector seats sold so far, when many shows at the arena have been overnight sell-outs, it would seem the prices are proving a barrier to many.

One has to wonder why Elton's fan's are being treated as if they have the bank account of the Rocket man himself.

It seems likely that Elton's promoter Phil Sprey is using Elton John to simply fund his recently failed Rock 2 Wellington concerts which made a significant loss.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Elton Announces New York Billy's

The three young men who will alternate as the stars of "Billy Elliot the Musical" were introduced Tuesday by the show's composer, Elton John, in the auditorium, appropriately enough, of New York's Professional Performing Arts High School.
"It's one of the greatest joys of my life," said the pop superstar, dressed in basic black and red eyeglasses, as he talked about the show and presented the boys who will be the backbone of the $18 million musical opening Nov. 13 at the Imperial Theatre. Preview performances begin Oct. 1.

The trio includes David Alvarez, 13, born in Montreal and now living in New York; 14-year-old Kiril Kulish of San Diego, and Trent Kowalik, 13, of Wantagh, N.Y., and already an alum of the show's London production.
"Billy Elliot" is based on the successful 2000 movie about a young boy who longs to dance but lives in the bleak coal-mining area of Northern England. His story is set against the backdrop of a bitter miners' strike.
John first saw the film at the Cannes Film Festival.

"I was completely wiped out," he said. "I had to be helped out sobbing from the screening because it mirrored, in a way, my personal journey and my professional journey ... my father really never approved of what I was going to do either. ... This journey of Billy's reminded me of what I went through."

Within the hour and at the urging of his partner, David Furnish,
John said he was talking about writing the music for a stage adaptation. It opened in London in 2005 to rave reviews and has been running there ever since.

Casting the New York Billys was an arduous process, taking more than a year with auditions being held all over the country.
But then, as Stephen Daldry, who directed both the film and the stage version, said: "It is the most unique and demanding role ever asked of a young performer in the history of musical theater. ... It's a little like asking a child to play Hamlet and run a marathon at the same time."

Daldry then proceeded to enumerate why:

The lad, who is never off stage during the nearly three-hour show, has to:

— be proficient at ballet enough to get into the Royal Ballet School.
— be a tap dancer good enough to impress Savion Glover and/or Tommy Tune.
— have extraordinary contemporary dance skills.
— be an extraordinary acrobat.
— have the skill to sing Elton John ballads.
— do the whole show in a very particular accent.

"And on top of all that, they need to have that ... difficult thing to define ... charisma, X-factor or whatever you want to call it ... that allows 1,500 people a night to cheer for this child," the director said. "It's an extraordinary mountain to climb."

Friday, April 18, 2008

Australian Tour Support Act Announced

GEOFFREY Gurrumul Yunupingu's path to stardom will take a giant leap when he supports Elton John at his Darwin concert.

The Territory singer-songwriter has been chosen as a local support act for Sir Elton's May 17 concert.

As many as 15,000 people may see Yunupingu sing before at TIO Stadium at Marrara, where he has been elevated to the main support spot -- playing just before Sir Elton and after Melbourne singer Eran James.

And Yunupingu is a good chance to perform with Sir Elton when the tour moves to Sydney after the swing through the Territory.

Being chosen for the Elton John show is the latest triumph up for the sweet-voiced singer from Elcho Island, whose debut album Gurrumul hit No.5 on the national iTunes music charts last week.

Gurrumul also knocked John Butler Trio out of No.1 on the iTunes Roots music chart and has stayed there for three weeks.

Blind since birth, Yunupingu, 37, has also been a leading light in top Territory bands Yothu Yindi and Saltwater Band.
He will play with bassist and regular collaborator Michael Hohnen at the Elton John concert.

The big crowds and dignitaries should not worry the Territory's burgeoning young superstar -- he has already played for The Queen and travelled the world with Yothu Yindi.

Chief Minister Paul Henderson revealed the NT Government has contributed $60,000 plus in-kind support to secure the Elton John concert for the Top End.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Elton Confirms New Red Piano Vegas Season

21 new shows have just been announced for Elton's Red Piano season in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Coliseum, Caesar's Palace.

Tickets for all shows go on-sale Sunday 04/20/08 at 10:00am EST.

The dates are as follows:

Wed, 07/23/08
Thu, 07/24/08
Fri, 07/25/08
Sat, 07/26/08
Wed, 07/30/08
Thu, 07/31/08
Fri, 08/01/08
Sat, 08/02/08
Wed, 10/22/08
Thu, 10/23/08
Fri, 10/24/08
Sat, 10/25/08
Wed, 10/29/08
Thu, 10/30/08
Fri, 10/31/08
Sat, 11/01/08
Tue, 11/04/08
Thu, 11/06/08
Fri, 11/07/08
Sat, 11/08/08
Sun, 11/09/08

There is currently no word on whether or not The Red Piano will continue through 2009. It is likely however, that The Red Piano will tour globally, and Elton has announced plans to work on a new album for release in 2009.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Elton at the Billies & New Home Landscaping

ELTON John may have an album entitled Peachtree Road, but it can't hold a candle in the wind to an avenue of elms from a Wimborne nursery.

The Rocket Man has ordered another batch of young elms from Knoll Gardens to line the yellow brick road and the grounds of his honky chateau.

Knoll Gardens owner Neil Lucas said: "He did have a few elms going back probably two or three seasons.

"He has ordered three or four more, this time around.

"I don't know if he is doing an avenue or doing a copse.

"We have a regular courier that delivers lots of our plants. He hand-delivers the elms."

The trees requested by the singer were among a shipment of over 250, ranging from six to 17 feet high, that Knoll Gardens shipped in from America, to help replace the millions of English elms lost to the ravages of Dutch Elm disease since the 1970s.

The trees are Princeton Elms and they grow up to six feet every year.

Elton Adds Atlantic City Show, German Dates Confirmed

Elton will play a one-off concert in Atlantic City New Jersey on July 19 at the Boardwalk Hall. Tickets go on Sale Mon, 4/21 at 10:00 am EST.

The following dates have now been confirmed for Elton's Red Piano tour of Germany:

  • 22-Nov-08 Munich GE, Olympic Hall
  • 24-Nov-08 Hamburg GE, Color Line Arena
  • 26-Nov-08 Cologne GE, Cologne Arena
  • 11-Dec-08 Berlin GE, O2 World

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Elton Loves Family Fortunes

Les Dennis has claimed that Elton John is a huge fan of the game show Family Fortunes.

According to Dennis, the singer admitted that he often imitates the show's "uh uh" buzzer noise when anything goes wrong at his home.

The former presenter said that he was approached by the veteran popstar while on a flight to America with his ex-wife Amanda Holden.

He told Heart radio: "Elton and David Furnish were up front and behind me was George Michael and Kenny Goss.

"I was sat there with Amanda and about and hour in, David Furnish stood up and stretched, looked back and then whispered something to Elton and I thought, 'He’s not talking about George being here' he’s actually saying 'That bloke from Family Fortunes is behind us!'

"Then about five minutes later, Elton came down and went 'Hi, we love your show. If anything goes wrong in our house we go 'uh uh'!'"

He also revealed that Spice Girls Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton once approached him about appearing on a celebrity version of the show.

Red Piano Confirmed for German Tour

There are very few superstars to make it to Cologne this year. However, yesterday Sir Elton John announced that his Red Piano tour of Europe would come to Germany between November and December this year.

Elton Plays Cologne's Arena on November 26th.

The German tour will also include concerts in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin.

The 27x10m video wall will add to the reputation of this being Elton's largest tour of Germany.

Tickets go on-sale via the internet this friday, tickets for the Cologne concert range between 50 and 145 Euro.

Other dates will be confirmed imminently.

Elton John Under Investigation by FEC

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - April 14, 2008) - Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) related to a fundraising concert by musician Sir Elton John on behalf of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Elton John, a foreign national, is prohibited by federal law from making any contribution to a federal, state or local election campaign.

"Recent news reports suggest that Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton for President have accepted an in-kind contribution from a foreign national, Sir Elton John, in contravention of federal electon laws," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated in an April 14 letter to the Office of the General Counsel for the FEC. "On behalf of Judicial Watch and its supporters, I hereby request that the FEC investigate this matter."

According to a press release issued by the Clinton campaign, the expressed intent of the concert was to raise funds for Hillary's campaign for president. In the release, Elton John is quoted as saying, "I'm excited to support Hillary by performing at what will be a truly memorable night."

Press reports also show that Sir Elton John, on March 17, 2008, through the Clinton campaign, sent out a mass email announcing the concert and soliciting support. The Elton John concert took place on April 9, 2008 and raised more than $2.5 million (from the sale of 5,000 tickets) for Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton for President.

However, according to 2 U.S.C. § 441e, "Contributions and donations by foreign nationals," it is illegal for any foreign national to "make a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value... in connection with a Federal, State or local election." The Washington Times reported March 27, 2008, that a "1981 FEC decision prohibited a foreign national artist from donating his services in connection with fundraising for a U.S. Senate campaign."

"It looks as if Elton John, a foreign national, gave a valuable, in-kind contribution to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, which is prohibited by law. The FEC and other authorities need to take appropriate action and investigate Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and Elton John," stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Elton & Hillary One Night Only

Thousands have gathered in Midtown, some paying as much $2,300 for a concert and fundraising event for New York's Senator Hillary Clinton.

Singer/songwriter Elton John is performing at Radio City Music Hall where fans of the musician and the Democratic presidential hopeful paid between $125 and $2,300.

Organizers say the event has brought in $2.5 million. Clinton is trying to close a widening fundraising gap between her campaign and that of rival Democrat Barack Obama.

Last month Obama's campaign brought in $40 million, twice the $20 million raised by Clinton's.

The concert is also likely to appeal to younger voters, many of whom have been drawn to Obama.

When asked if they were attending the concert for Clinton or for John, ticket holders had mixed responses.

“I’m here for Hillary – 110 percent, completely,” said one ticket holder. “I like Elton as well. Don’t get me wrong. That’s a nice factor, but I’m a Hillary supporter all the way.”

“Both! I mean, mainly Hillary, but loving that Elton John is there, too," added another.

“Elton John," added a third. "Right now I am probably a McCain supporter, to be honest, probably. I’ll wait to see who the nominees are and really study it before I vote.”

“My wife purchased the tickets, ‘cause she’s a Hillary supporter," added a fourth. "I came to see Elton John.”

Elton John has been a long-time Clinton supporter. Back in 2000 he held another concert fundraiser for her when she first ran for the State Senate.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Elton Thanks His Fans for their Birthday Gifts

As a result of many eltonjohn.com members banding together to purchase Sir Elton flowers, write him a personal birthday card and making a donation to the EJAF, to celebrate his 61st birthday, Sir Elton John has responded with a beautiful personal letter, thanking each person for their involvement.

Sir Elton is well known for taking the time out of his hectic schedule to respond to fan's well wishes and donations.

Elton John Confirmed for Auckland, NZ!

The crooner, who has a career spanning four decades in the music industry, will play one show at Auckland's Vector Arena on May 14 with his full band, TV One's Midday News reported.

Sir Elton is a regular visitor to New Zealand. He last performed in New Zealand at New Plymouth's Bowl of Brooklands in December 2007.

He also performed in Wellington at the end of 2006.

Despite the frequent visits, the May concert will be Sir Elton's first show in Auckland in 10 years, saying it was something he has wanted to do since the venue opened.

John is expected to play a wide selection of his classic tracks, as well as songs from his most recent album, The Captain & The Kid.

Sir Elton's most well-known songs include Candle in the Wind, Bennie and the Jets and Rocket Man.
Tickets for the show go on sale on April 15 through www.ticketmaster.co.nz.

Elton & Elvis Costello Perform Live on NBC

Elton John and Elvis Costello will be performing live at NBC Studios in New York City on April 8, 2008.

Tickets are available for this event which will take place at 11:30am at the Studio 8-H Rockefeller Plaza.

To confirm up to 4 tickets, please e-mail mike@gothamcasting.com. Include what show you want tickets for, how many tickets you want, as well as name, age, guest names, and phone number.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Elton's Music Inspires Gold Medal

Missy wrote a letter to me, explaining how Elton's music has inspired her to win Gold at various gymnastic competitions, please read her fantastic story below.

I started participating in gymnastics at the age of two.

It all started one day while I was in my crib. I attempted to climb out and broke my collarbone. These attempts became a regular occurance in my household, along with climbing out of my height chair. At that point my Mother realized she better do something.

My Mother enrolled me in a little gymnastics class. As time went on, I excelled quickly with different building blocks in the sport of gymnastics. I learned to do a summersault, cartwheel, headstand and so on. When my instructor went to teach me how to do a handstand, I beat him to the punch and performed it on my own.

My instructor advised my Mother that she had an exceptional athlete and that I had a gift for the sport of gymnastics.

As time went on, I learned more and more about different routines, how to fall and how to land properly.

I continued to excel and went on to attend more sophisticated schools with more advanced techniques. It was then I enrolled in a various gymnastic schools in South Jersey.

Let me take a few minutes to share something with you about me. I am both a State and National Gymnast and have competed in the sport of gymnastics ever since I was a toddler. Within the past few years, I have incorporated Elton Johns music into my routines and it has earned me the Gold Medal each time. For the Balance Beam, I am using Tiny Dancer and for the Uneven Bars, Grey Seal. I am so proud to share this with you. I also would like to share that when using Eltons music, I not only get a standing ovation from the audience but from the judges as well.

I would like to thank both Elton and Bernie for inspiring me over the years with their music and lyrics.

Please visit Missy's website: http://missygymns.tripod.com/

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Elton to Work on Diana the Musical?

Millions of words have been written about the remarkable life and death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Now there may be a few songs as well.

Diana's life story could be about to be turned into a Broadway musical.

Any production trying to cash in on the tragic Royal is certain to cause controversy.

But one of Diana's closest showbusiness friends, Elton John, who sang at her funeral, is being touted as a possible musical consultant, although U.S. reports linking him to the project do not say whether he has been approached.

Diana biographer Tina Brown is said to be behind the proposal to write a stage show or opera based on the princess's colourful life.

Theatre sources say 54-year-old Brown's dream director is Stephen Daldry, who is bringing the musical version of Billy Elliot to Broadway later this year. Elton John wrote the music for Billy Elliot as well as The Lion King, Aida and Lestat.

British-born former Vanity Fair editor Brown's 2007 book, The Diana Chronicles, topped the best seller charts, but a musical could hit a nerve with a public still raw from the harsh realities of the London inquest into Diana's death after a high speed car crash in Paris in August 1997.

"The obvious choice to do the music is Elton John (perhaps too obvious), and his name is certainly being bandied about," wrote the New York Post's theatre correspondent Michael Riedel.

"The idea is certainly titillating and you can bet the press coverage of a Princess Diana musical would be intense. Still, Diana's story, well told by Brown, is compelling drama. Done tastefully, it could make one hell of a stage show," he added.

One Broadway executive said there would be "very strong interest" in a Diana musical both in London and New York

Elton Coming To Hong Kong!

Legendary Sir Elton John and his band will perform live in Hong Kong as part of the Rocket Man Tour on Tuesday, May 20th , 2008 at the AsiaWorld-Arena. Tickets will go on sale on April 9 at 10am.

Elton John will be performing with his long-time band, Davey Johnstone (Musical director, guitars, mandolin, vocals), Guy Babylon (keyboards), Robert Birch (bass, vocals), John Mahon (percussion, drums, vocals) and Nigel Olsson (drums, vocals).

The extraordinary career of Elton John has spanned more than three decades and he has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making him one of the most popular artists of all time. His numerous hits include Your Song, Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle In The Wind, Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, Philadelphia Freedom, Tiny Dancer, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word and many more.

The release of Rocket Man marked a huge anniversary for Elton - on March 25th, 2007, he celebrated his 60th birthday while breaking his own record with an unmatched 60th concert at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York. No other entertainer has come close to matching this record.

Elton John’s achievements include: first popular Western singer to perform in USSR, 1979; playing to over 2 million people across 4 continents, 1984-86. Made Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1996; received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, February 24, 1998. Released biggest selling single of all time, Candle In The Wind 1997 (over 33,000,000 copies sold), 1997. Received Honorary Doctorate, Royal Academy of Music, 2002, became Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers, 2004.

The superstar has also won numerous awards which include The Best British Male Artist Brit Award 1991, inducted into Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, 1994, 5 Grammy Awards 1986-2000, Grammy Legend Award, 2001, Kennedy Center Honor, 2004, 11 Ivor Novello Awards, 1973 - 2000.

Elton John & Band “Rocket Man Tour”
8pm – May 20th, 2008
AsiaWorld-Arena, Chek Lap Kok

Tickets: HK$1680, HK$1280, HK$880, HK$580, HK$480
Corporate VIP tickets: please call 2989 9239
Public sales: 10 am on April 9, 2008 at all HK Ticketing and Tom Lee Music outlets

Booking hotline: (852) 31-288-288
Online booking: www.livenationasia.com / www.hkticketing.com

Friday, April 4, 2008

Elton Adds Sweden & Denmark Dates

Sir Elton today confirmed two new shows in Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden as part of his new Red Piano Europe Tour.

The dates are as follows:

29-Nov-08 Copenhagen DEN, Parken Stadium

04-Dec-08 Stockholm SWE, The Globe

More European dates are expected to be announced over the coming months.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Elton Produces & Stars in New TV Series

They may hail from different musical realms, but British pop icons Elvis Costello and Elton John are coming together to collaborate on a TV series that will air on CTV and around the world.

Titled Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... , the new series will feature performances and one-on-one discussions between Costello and top names in the music business. The Canadian-British production is executive-produced by John's company, Rocket Pictures.

But it all started here. Long in the making, the series was conceived nearly 10 years ago by former music journalist Stephen Warden of Reinvention Entertainment, who took the idea to entertainment lawyer Jordan Jacobs of SpyBox Pictures and film producer Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures. (Katz was already acquainted with John and his life partner, Canadian David Furnish.) Based in Toronto, the three men formed Tri-Fi Productions to produce the series.

"We took the idea to Elton two years ago," says Warden, one of seven executive producers listed on the series along with Furnish. "He got excited and said, 'Let's do this.'

The time since has been spent setting up broadcast deals. Scheduled for 13 one-hour episodes, Spectacle will probably make its debut on CTV this fall, and will also air in the United States on the Sundance Channel and on Channel 4 in Britain.

There's an iron wall of secrecy surrounding the list of music-industry giants who will appear on the series, but it's a safe bet John will be among them. "That would be a very good guess," Warden says.

In keeping with John's long-time commitment to philanthropic causes, the series is partly designed to help combat AIDS in Africa. Program excerpts will be sold via new media and to international broadcasters, with some profits directed to the Global Fund.

The choice of Costello to host the program was an easy one to make. "Elvis and Elton are very close friends," Warden says. "Elvis runs the gamut as an artist and the show will cover every musical genre imaginable."

Winner of multiple Grammys over his three-decade career, Costello drew rave reviews when he assumed the host role on Late Show with David Letterman while Letterman was recovering from heart surgery.

A noted musicologist and contributor to Vanity Fair magazine, who married Canadian jazz chanteuse Diana Krall in 2003 on Elton John's estate, Costello plans to keep things light and breezy. "I'm not interested in extracting some dark secret," he said in a press release. "I'd rather hear about a bright secret, a deep love or a curiosity that might be otherwise obscured by fame."

John describes his countryman pop star as "the foremost expert on popular music. I thought it would be sensational to use his knowledge and intelligence to explore the artistry of musicians and other fascinating people involved in making great music, as well as true music aficionados."

The show will be shot in New York (Costello and his family live there and in Vancouver). Taping begins next week.

Elton Sets A Record for Swansea

SIR ELTON JOHN will set a Liberty Stadium attendance record when he performs at the £27m Swansea venue in June.
The Rocket Man will be in Swansea on Sunday, June 29, supported by Swansea based band The Storys and former Coronation Street star Richard Fleeshman, and almost 24,000 tickets for the gig have been snapped up by music fans from across the UK.
Stadium officials say there are now fewer than 1,000 tickets for the show still available, with almost all hospitality spaces already snapped up.

They are urging anyone who still hasn’t bought a ticket to do so as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
Andrew Davies, general manager of the Swansea Stadium Management Company, said, “It is going to be the biggest day in the short history of the Liberty, that much is guaranteed.
“The response has been incredible.

“To have sold almost 24,000 tickets for the concert with almost three whole months remaining is remarkable, and it means we will have a new record crowd present when Sir Elton performs.
“To bring such a talented and world-renowned artist to the Liberty Stadium for his only Welsh performance this year is a major coup and we are delighted that the music fans of South-West Wales and beyond have recognised this.
“Following on from last year’s successful Who concert, this will really help to cement our growing reputation as one of the best new music venues in the UK and will lead to other top names wanting to come to Swansea on a regular basis.
“Obviously, such big concerts bring with them the economic benefits to the city as a whole, not just Liberty Stadium, so Swansea in general benefits from the growing success of the venue.”

Sir Elton will perform more than two hours of hits from an incredible back catalogue spanning more than four decades, including the classic hits Your Song, Are You Ready For Love, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and Daniel.
Still in the charts after 37 years, Elton’s great hits are featured on the current CD, Rocket Man – The Definitive Hits, and on the Number One DVD Elton 60, the recording of Elton’s 60th birthday concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Elton Brings Red Piano to Oslo & Helsinki

At 7:30 p.m. on December 5, Oslo's biggest concert arena will host one of the world's biggest musical acts.

Elton is going to play, and he's bringing along his Red Piano show from Las Vegas.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Oslo Spektrum, one of the places fans can purchase tickets.

Learn more by visiting


In addition, the Red Piano will head for Helsinki's Hartwall Areena.

The engagement is slated for earlier in the month, on December 1.

Get more details at


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Elton Cancels Tonight's Red Piano Show

Sir Elton has unfortunately cancelled tonight's (April 02) Red Piano performance at Caesar's Palace.

No reason has been provided. It may however, be related to his recent Kidney Stone issue.

All other concerts are currently unaffected.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Elton Confirms New Album..."Army of Reg"

Although details are sketchy, it emerged that Elton’s follow up to the lauded, but underperforming "The Captain and The Kid", will be a collaboration with German techno-pioneers Kraftwerk.

"We’ve been in discussion with Ralf and Florian for several months, but it seems that finally we are making real progress towards a full collaboration", a spokesman for Elton revealed on April 1, 2008. "They’ve been recording demos at the Kling Klang Studios now for a few weeks and we love what we’re hearing."

"Elton wants to move away from acoustic instruments and use synths and loops to freshen up his sound. He thinks ballads are so over. He wants to sound sleek and European," the source continued.

It’s understood that Bernie Taupin will not be involved in the project and that Kraftwerk superemo Ralf Huetter will pen all lyrics for the album. The record, provisionally entitled, "Army Of Reg", is to be released later this year. Tracks include "Starship 2", "We’re All Robots Now", and "Duesseldorf-Pinner Interface".


Elton's Australian Dates...

In less than 5 weeks one of the world's biggest superstars will make history when he performs in Australia's Top End for the first time.

Today Sir Elton John dispelled the rumours and confirmed that he will play Darwin's TIO Stadium on Saturday 17th May. Tickets for the unprecedented history-making concert event go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 8th April online at Ticketek or phonecharge 132 849. The Darwin Entertainment Centre will be the only local outlet where people can purchase tickets in person. Patrons will also be able to buy online, over the phone or from Ticketek agencies across Australia.

Alongside today's breaking news, promoter Chugg Entertainment announced concerts at Perth's Members Equity Stadium on Saturday 10th May and a a special one off show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday 12th May to help celebrate the venue's 25th Anniversary. This show also marks Sir Elton John's record breaking 41st performance at the arena. Tickets for Perth and Sydney shows will be available from www.ticketmaster.com.au. Elton returns to Australia for this tour in full showman mode with his entire band.

Motivated by the overwhelming support from the people of North Queensland and Tasmania just last year, Executive Chairman of Chugg Entertainment, Michael Chugg, has been in discussions with Sir Elton since his November 2007 visit, encouraging a return. Their formidable partnership is paving the way for new and different concert opportunities in Australia; where Elton John goes first, others inevitably follow.

The hugely successful 2007 Rocket Man Solo Tour: A Knight Under the Stars saw over 100,000 tickets sold at 10 different locations both indoors and outdoors across Australia.

Last year's tour travelled across all of the East Coast States, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT but the Northern Territory and Western Australia missed out - this year, thanks to the relentless rallying of fans, these were the first locations to be considered for the 2008 tour.

"I was blown away by the public support last year when we took a chance on North Queensland and Tassie. The fans came out in force and produced two of the biggest shows of the 2007 tour. Now we've put faith in the Northern Territory and they've answered the call. I'm so excited that Elton will be visiting this part of Australia and playing for fans who just don't get big name entertainment there." said Michael Chugg.

"We've also been able to make good that we couldn't incorporate a Perth show into the last run so this is great news for the fans on the West Coast. Elton loves Australia and we love that he keeps coming back and performing for the fans far and wide."

The Northern Territory Government's support and cooperation has been a critical factor in ensuring this special event would take place in Darwin.

Chief Minister Paul Henderson said securing one of the world's greatest artists is a huge win for Darwin.

"Elton John is a legend in the music industry and to have him perform here will provide a boost for our economy and put Darwin on the entertainment map."

Michael Chugg visited TIO Stadium in Darwin in late February to meet with Government and Council representatives, and local media to ascertain the possibility of the event and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response and began encouraging fans to register their support online at www.chuggentertainment.com.

The website received thousands of registrations from the Top End as well as a strong response from fans in Broome, which was also seriously considered in the tour run.

Regretfully, after careful consideration it was decided that it was logistically impossible to include a performance in Broome this time around, despite the support from the local people and the greater West Australian community.

"We tried a lot of different options to make a Broome show possible. We received a great response online, the Government and local event boards were right behind us, it's disappointing we couldn't make it work. I'm grateful to everyone for their efforts and have to especially thank Broome Shire Council, WA Government, Tourism Board, Events Corp and of course, the great people of Broome and its surrounds. I hope we get Sir Elton to this beautiful part of Australia one day." said Chugg.

While a Broome show will not take place, Chugg has worked hard in finalising the tour itinerary to schedule both the Perth and Darwin shows on a Saturday night to ensure as many fans as possible from out of town can make it along to enjoy these spectacular events.

The NT government will provide $60,000 in cash to help with marketing, freight costs for transporting staging equipment and cleaning the venue, Mr Henderson said.

"We've also contributed to providing matting to protect the surface of the venue, security, fencing and chair hire,'' he said. Tickets go on sale at 10am on April 8 through Ticketek and Mr Henderson has called on territorians to act quickly because they would be ``snapped up''.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see one of the world's greatest entertainers, with his band, in spectacular form when he touches down in Australia this May.

Elton Confirmed For Perth, Darwin & Sydney This May

THE people have spoken and Elton John will perform in Darwin.

The Crocodile Rock singer will bring his stage show to the Territory capital after his Asian tour in May.

The official announcement of the tour is set to be made today but the Northern Territory News has been told Sir Elton is a certainty to play in Darwin.

Sir Elton and his band will play at TIO Stadium at Marrara on May 17.

The Northern Territory News led a public campaign to bring Sir Elton to the Top End, with readers registering their enthusiasm via the ntnews.com.au website.

The success of this campaign may lead to more major acts using similar methods to come to the Territory.

Promoter Michael Chugg has said more than 5000 people registered their interest through the website scheme, enough to convince organisers a Darwin concert will be well-attended.

Chugg hopes a successful Top End swing with Sir Elton will open the way for more major artists to come through the Top End on their way from Asia to Sydney and Melbourne.

But plans for a concert in Broome have been cancelled, making Sir Elton's Darwin concert the only one for northern Australia and a prime destination for tourist packages.

The Territory Government is understood to have come on board to assist tour managers with venue hire arrangements.

One of the greatest recording artists of all time, Sir Elton has sold more than 250 million records in a career spanning more than 35 years.

After Darwin he will perform in Perth and Sydney.

Elton John fan websites have featured some diehards trying to organise busroad trips to Darwin from Victoria for the concert.

His appeal in regional centres was realised last year when 10,000 fans went to his shows in Launceston and Townsville.

Eminem to play Elton John in new Biopic Movie

He may be the bad boy of white rap, but Eminem is set to wow fans of his music and acting career by starring in a new biopic of a British singing legend.

Real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III, the 35-year-old has been praised by poet Seamus Heaney for getting kids interested in lyrics and poetry and compared to Elvis Presley.

Now, following his critically acclaimed performances in 8 Mile and Da Hip Hop Witch, Eminem is set to take on his most challenging acting role to date.

He is reported to have signed up to play a young Elton John in an upcoming film about his life.

Eminem and Sir Elton appeared together at the 2001 Grammy Awards performing a version of the rapper's hit single Stan.

Sir Elton, life president of Watford Football Club, was a singing sensation in the 1970s, and Eminem is said to be excited at taking on his one-time collaborator's early hits.

The American star agreed to the role after reading the script, which deals with Elton's early life as a football-mad teenager and his route to international stardom.

"Eminem was not keen on kissing any men, so this early biopic is ideal for him. He gets to play Elton before he started all that gay stuff," a source close to the production said.

Eminem is said to be planning to travel to Watford research his role, and has already begun practising wearing very large glasses while squatting over a piano stool.