Thursday, March 25, 2010

Elton Sings Duet with Annie Lennox, Port Elizabeth May be Cancelled Due to Thunderstorm

"And now, I have a little surprise for you..." says Elton John. Annie Lennox steps onstage and launches into a duet of Daniel. Kirstenbosch goes nuts. By this point it is drizzling steadily but nobody looks like they're leaving anytime soon.

This is just one highlight among a long set list. John takes the stage promptly at 7om to a dramatic overture. He is dressed slightly more soberly than he did 30 years ago in an embroidered coat. His accent is a smooth hybrid of American and British. His face is more battle-scarred than you'd imagine but then again, the man has lived a very full 63 years (today is his birthday, by the way, so anyone heading to the second concert should think of starting a birthday song).


IT’S all systems go for the much-anticipated Elton John concert in Port Elizabeth tomorrow night, but if predicted heavy rains and lightning cause a safety concern the show might have to be called off.

The British pop icon is set to perform to a capacity crowd at the south campus sports fields at NMMU.

Loryn van Eck, an event consultant for Magnetic Storm, said members of the venue organising committee would monitor the situation and call off the show if there was a threat to anyone’s safety.

She said there was no alternative venue for the concert, so in the event of a threat due to the weather the show might be called off.

“The committee will be monitoring the situation closely and they will make the call if they decide there may be a threat to safety.

“The concert is going ahead as planned and we recommend that people wear hooded raincoats. People with umbrellas might obstruct the view for those behind them and they will be asked to move to the sides.”

There was no threat to the stage or sound and lighting equipment as there was a roof over the stage and it was positioned out of the wind.

“Fans can bring in their own chairs but they will only be allowed to be seated around the perimeter of the field to avoid blocking the view.

“We are expecting the elderly and those who are pregnant to be in attendance, so it’s fair that we allow the fans to bring in chairs,” Van Eck said.

About 9000 tickets for the 10000 capacity venue have been sold.

The box office will open at 2.30pm for those who do not have tickets. The show starts at 7.30pm.

“There are very good chances of rainfall for Friday, especially to the west and north-west of Port Elizabeth, with isolated heavy falls of rain expected along the Tsitsikamma coast and adjacent interior on Friday afternoon,” SA Weather Service forecaster Deon van der Mescht said.

The rain is expected to spread along the coast in the afternoon.

- Weekend

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