Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Listen to Absolute Radio Gig & Interview

Listen to Elton's interview at his England home for Absolute Radio here:


Full High Definition audio is the latest first for Absolute Radio as the station streams an Elton John gig using FLAC.

The super-high quality audio, which the station will record and stream in Full HD, uses a Fully Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) meaning no quality is lost at all.

The gig will be held in the Union Chapel in Islington, London will be recorded and then streamed at absoluteradio.co.uk using a linear equivalent loss-less audio technology from 7pm Monday.

The Absolute Radio network will also start live streaming content via its Smart Phone mobile applications in a similar high extra quality option (128kbps) for all of its live channels – Absolute Radio, Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s and Absolute Radio extra.

Absolute Radio’s new online player interface which is due to launch in early December will also have an UK option of streaming the station’s audio in extra high quality sound (192kbps)

Sir Elton John commented: “For every artist sound quality is so important and when recording a live gig I don’t want to lose any quality at all. I want Absolute Radio listeners to feel like they are actually watching me perform live - full HD is definitely the way forward!”

“Elton John’s performance in Full HD will be a great streaming experience and what an amazing gig to kick it all off”, said Clive Dickens, Absolute Radio’s Chief Operating Officer. “Listeners who were not lucky enough to win tickets to be at the gig will be able to listen to Elton playing in the ethereal surroundings of the Union Chapel, and it will sound like they’re actually on the front row!”

- Radio Today

LISTEN HERE: http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/artists/Elton-John/article/3865-Exclusive+Elton+John+gig+with+Absolute+Radio

US Tour Added for Feb - 1st Show Eugene

Elton John and his band will appear in concert for the first time ever in Eugene on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the University of Oregon’s new Matthew Knight Arena, the university announced Monday afternoon.

“Elton is the most prolific artist we could have dreamed of hosting for a concert as we open the Matthew Knight Arena,” UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens said in a statement. “We are honored to host Elton and his band this February.

Playing all of his No. 1 hits will truly make this a memorable night in Eugene.”
Tickets go on sale at noon Friday at $29, $79 and $129. They will be available online at MatthewKnightArena.com, at Tickets West outlets and at the Casanova Center box office next to Autzen Stadium.

Attendees may also charge by phone at 1-800-992-TIXX. There is a six-ticket limit per customer.

- Registerguard.com

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Listen to Elton's BBC Interview

Listen to Elton John's interview with Steve Wright from BBC Radio 2 here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w08vj

Be quick! It's only available for 4 more days.

Bonus gift! - Watch Elton's interview with Regis & Kelly below:

What a Night - EJ Solo at The Union Chapel

Call us smug, call us lucky – whatever you want to call us (no rude names please from the cheeky regulars – you know who you are) – the fact is, we spent a cosy night with Sir Elton John last night. And... it was magnificent. The music legend took to the stage at Islington’s Union Chapel for an exclusive gig with Absolute Radio for what was supposed to be a 30 minute set – but ended up on for more than an hour and a halfand broke the curfew. Whoops. But, we certainly are not complaining and neither were the likes of James Corden, Matt Lucas, Theo from Hurts and the lovely Andy Roddick who were all there (shmoozing with Elt’ before and after, in his dressing room no less). Sir Elt even praised the lovely Ellie Goulding on her cover of Your Song, saying “I think Ellie Goulding has done a brilliant job with her cover. She’s changed the arrangement up and it’s been done very well – that’s what you should do with a cover”. And of course The Absolute Radio DJs were also out in force for the night – with Ian Wright even admitting he was expecting to shed a few tears while watching Elton on stage. Shhh – but we totally did too. It was the amazing performance of Your Song, Rocket Man and I’m Still Standing that got us – those and the amazing last set with Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me. Best night out in ages!
The gig will be available to stream online at www.absoluteradio.co.uk in Full HD audio from Monday. It will also be played out in full on Absolute Radio on Boxing Day at 6pm.

- Heat World.com 

Elton Will 'Most Likely' Perform at Royal Wedding

Veteran chart star Sir Elton John has suggested he could have a role at next year's royal wedding.
The musician - who was a favourite of Prince William's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales - said he would "probably" perform.
Sir Elton famously performed at Diana's funeral after the lyrics to his hit Candle In The Wind were adapted to reflect her life. The song went on to become the biggest-selling single in UK chart history as it tapped into the nation's grief.
William and fiancee Kate Middleton announced their engagement last week and are to marry on April 29 at Westminster Abbey.
When Radio 2 presenter Steve Wright asked Sir Elton whether he would perform at the wedding, he replied: "I probably am." But he then quickly joked: "I'll probably be busking outside."
The singer - who is soon to take a role as guest editor for The Independent newspaper - said he would not be commissioning much about the royal date.
"There's not going to be much about the royal wedding in there, though. I think we've had enough of that for the time being."
Sir Elton also bemoaned the state of the music world and its "mediocrity".
He told the Steve Wright in the Afternoon show: "I just find when you look at music in the late 1960s, early 1970s, during the 1970s and even some of the 1980s, it's so much better than it is now. That's a fact. It's not just me being grumpy, it's just a fact."


Elton Gets a Solidarity Medal

Sir Elton John is among 21 people who are to receive Solidarity’s Medal of Gratitude at a ceremony at the Polish Embassy in London on 6 December.

A citation speaks of Elton John’s support for Solidarity declared during his visit to Poland in 1984, at a time when, shortly after the lifting of martial law, many people lost hope in an ultimate victory of the movement’s ideas of freedom.

The singer-songwriter has not confirmed so far if he will collect the distinction personally.

The other recipients of the Medal of Gratitude include journalists Neal Asherson (the author of The Struggles for Poland) and Timothy Garton Ash (the author of Solidarity - The Polish Revolution), Baroness Caroline Cox, one of the champions of the Polish cause in the UK House of Lords, as well as activists of the Polish Solidarity Campaign in Great Britain, which organized wide-ranging assistance for the Solidarity movement in Poland, including printing equipment.

Playwright Samuel Beckett receives the Medal posthumously. The author of Waiting for Godot signed a protest against the introduction of martial law in Poland and in 1982-1990 transferred all the fees for the publication and staging of his books and plays in Poland to Solidarity.

The Medal of Gratitude was founded to mark the 30th anniversary of Solidarity to honour foreigners who had supported the Polish people in their struggle for freedom and democracy.

This year the Medal has been given to 326 people from Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Great Britain and Italy.

- The News.pl

Billy Joel Keen to Return to World Tour After Surgery

He's known as the Piano Man - and Billy Joel should soon be back tickling the ivories after a double hip replacement.
The Grammy Award winner had surgery last week to correct a condition he was born with. Model Christie Brinkley, Joel's ex-wife and the mum of his daughter Alexa Ray, said: "He's really coming through with flying colours. He's making it look easy."
Joel, 61, had recently been spotted using a walking stick to get around and went under the knife at a New York hospital.
The musician admitted recently that years of stomping around on stage had taken a toll on his body but that he was looking forward to making his comeback. "This is the longest I've had off in I don't know how long," he said. "I've had fun but I'm ready to start playing again."
The singer of Piano Man and Uptown Girl has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and last week released Billy Joel: The Hits to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his first solo album. He toured this year and often plays with Elton John.
One of his last outings was at the opening of his own motorcycle showroom in New York, his home city.

- Mirror

Elton Donates a Piano to BBC2

Sir Elton John has donated one of his own pianos to BBC Radio 2 to be used on the station's live music output.

The instrument will feature on Weekend Wogan, Radio 2 in Concert and Friday Night Is Music Night as well as being used for other live performances at Radio 2.

Fresh from his performance at the Radio 2 Electric Proms last month, Elton said: "I'm delighted to donate one of my treasured pianos to Radio 2, who have supported me so much over the past 40 years. The piano is, of course, my favourite instrument to play and I hope it inspires the musicians who play it."

Lewis Carnie, Head of Programming at Radio 2 and 6 Music, added: "It's rare that Radio 2 receives such a generous gift, and we'd like to thank Elton for offering artists who visit the station the opportunity to perform on it and, hopefully, interpret Elton's own work."

The instrument will first be used on Weekend Wogan in December. When not in use, the piano will be on display in Radio 2's reception area in London.

- Radiotoday.co.uk

Sir John Invites Russian President to His Concert

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has received a personal invitation from the British rock singer, pianist and composer Elton John to his solo concert, scheduled for December 13 in St. Petersburg (at the Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex). 
The singer is going to perform his best hits there, including "Believe", "Candle in the Wind", "I'm Still Standing" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting". 
An official letter in which the singer makes a note of the Russian leader's commitment to rock music and adds that he would be extremely grateful if Dmitry Medvedev accepted his invitation was sent to the Kremlin. A day earlier, on December 12, Sir Elton John is going to give a concert in the metropolitan Crocus City Hall. 
No information is yet available of Dmitry Medvedev's reaction to this letter and his plans.

- News BCM

Elton Playing Cork Marquee

Aiken Promotions today announce Live at the Marquee 2011. This is the Marquee's 7th year running with a vast array of legendary acts that have played over the last 6 years from Bob Dylan, Jay Z, Tony Bennett, Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Pink, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Paul Weller, Neil Young & Christy Moore.

Peter Aiken said "We're delighted to have Imelda May on the bill for the Marquee next year, and this will be Christy Moore's 7th year playing the Marquee. He's the first act we approach every year to start the line-up. Elton John wanted to come back to play the Marquee as he enjoyed it so much the last time he played back in 2007. It's also great to have Alexandra Burke who sold out 2 shows in Belfast and Dublin. Bell X1 will also return to play the Marquee for a 3rd time, they played sold out shows back in 2007 & 2009"

Live at the Marquee Cork 2011, Please see the list of acts that have been announced so far...

IMELDA MAY 23-June '11 - on sale Fri 3rd Dec at 9am, €30, €35

ALEXANDRA BURKE 24-June '11 - on sale Thurs 2nd Dec at 9am, €30, €39.20

CHRISTY MOORE 25-June '11 - on sale Thurs 2nd Dec at 9am, €35, 40, 45

ELTON JOHN & BAND 28-June '11 - on sale Fri 3rd Dec at 9am, €69.50, 85, 95

BELL X1 1 July '11- on sale Fri 3rd Dec at 9am, €33.60

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Elton to be Quizzed on Life Stories

Legendary singer Elton John will appear on Piers Morgan's Life Stories after The X Factor final.

It has been confirmed by ITV that the former Daily Mirror editor will quiz Elton about his life on the popular British TV chat show.

Piers will meet Elton, 63, on A Life Story Special with Elton John, which is set to air on Sunday December 12.

The 45-year-old has recently grilled Kelly Osbourne and Cheryl Cole about their personal lives on the TV show.

Nearly 3.5 million tuned in to the latest episode, in which Osbourne opened up about her upbringing and how she nearly got a gastric band.

- Monster's & Critics

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Italy Must Repay Elton John Concert Cash

Each year thousands of projects get financing from the European Union, which lavishes billions of euros on its less prosperous regions. The bloc finally drew the line Friday, asking for a refund of money used to pick up the tab for an Elton John concert.

After a brief inquiry, the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, ordered Italy to repay 720,000 euros, or about $983,000, used by local authorities to pay for the concert last year in Naples.

The payment, first questioned by an Italian member of the European Parliament, is the latest and highest-profile incident over use of European taxpayers’ money.

Although claims of waste have been made often against the bloc’s budget, there is increased sensitivity in the new climate of austerity in Europe, where many governments are cutting public spending as well as raising taxes and the age of retirement.

Several other recent cases have questioned the use of public funds spent under the European Union’s regional aid budget or as part of its farm subsidy system intended to help development in rural areas.

In Slovakia, the government has criticized its predecessor for using European Union money to improve leadership skills in a vegetable processing plant and for giving money to two soccer teams that was intended to help educate the Roma.

Open Europe, a group critical of European integration, published a list of European Union-financed projects from a number of programs it identified as wasteful, including one that gave 411,000 euros, about $560,000, for a Hungarian dog fitness and rehabilitation center that was never built.

Ton van Lierop, a spokesman for the European Commission, said Friday that a letter had been sent to the Italian authorities asking them to reimburse the money for the Elton John concert.

“Cultural events, culture in general, can fall under the scope of operational programs, but they have to be aimed at structural long-term investments,” he said.

The episode highlights one of the weaknesses of the European Union’s regional financing program, which permits national and regional governments to decide how to allocate money from the European Union for most projects worth less than 50 million euros, about $68 million.

The concert was part of the Piedigrotta Festival in Naples in September 2009, and the financing came out of a European regional program for Campania, worth about $3 million, Mr. van Lierop said.

Stefano Caldoro, the governor of the Campania region, declined to comment through a spokeswoman, Bloomberg News said.

- NYTimes

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Will Elton Perform at Prince William's Wedding Reception?

It will be Britain's biggest wedding since Charles and Diana's 30 years before - and preparations were already under way last night.
Royal aides, government officials, security chiefs and religious leaders have started outlining plans.
And just like with any other couple, there is the venue, best man, bridesmaids, guestlist and honeymoon to consider.
But this is no ordinary wedding and, though the date is not known, it will be declared a national holiday.
Up to two million wellwishers are expected to turn out to cheer the couple.
And the big day will be a perfect birthday gift for the Queen, who turns 85, and Prince Philip, who reaches 90 next year.
There is plenty of planning still to be done - but here is a glimpse at how this 21st century fairytale will be celebrated.
William's mother Princess Diana had five younger girls: Clementine Hambro, five, Catherine Cameron, six, Sarah-Jane Gaselee, 11, India Hicks, 13, and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, 17, but Kate is older than she was when she wed.
Chief bridesmaid next year will most likely be Kate's younger sister Pippa, 26, helped by William's cousins Zara Phillips, 29, Prince Edward's daughter Lady Louise, six, and Lady Helen Taylor's daughter Eloise, seven.
Outsiders include members of The Sisterhood, athletes and dragon boat racers Kate trained with.
The most likely choice is Westminster Abbey, left, even though it was the scene of Diana's funeral, as well as the Queen Mother's.
The Abbey - where the Queen married in 1947 - holds around 2,000 guests, and senior courtiers are believed to have looked into a ceremony in the second week of August.
It is said William would rather marry in the 800-seat St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, preferring a low-key ceremony like the wedding blessing of his father Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
However, royal protocol demands heads of state from around the world attend so St George's is simply too small. William is reluctant to use St Paul's Cathedral, hosting 3,500 people, because it was the scene of his parents ill-fated marriage in 1981.
Royalty including ancient Euro-pean dynasties such as Sweden, Spain, Norway, Holland and Denmark will attend.
Heads of state will be there although not some wives and first ladies. One exception may be US President Barack Obama who is likely to bring wife Michelle.
Celebrities could include singers who have performed for the Prince's Trust, such as Phil Collins, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Bryan Adams. Radio host Fearne Cotton may get a invite after interviewing the Prince.
Kate's family will sit at the front. Other guests will include school and university mates and armed forces colleagues.
William will give his bride a wedding ring made from rare Welsh gold - just like his father and grandfather.
All recent royal wedding rings have been made from the same nugget of Clogau gold given to the Royal Family in 1923.
William and Kate are certain to continue the tradition but will be able to choose the design of the rings.
The gold was extracted at the St David's mine in Bontddu, Snowdonia - only 50 miles from the cottage on Anglesey where the newly-wed couple will make their first home.
Royal grooms have a "supporter" than a best man and brother Prince Harry, 26, favourite, as Prince Andrew was Charles in 1981.
The boys have endured much together and both serve in the armed forces, but William also has a coterie of protective friends whose loyalty may be rewarded.
Here are the odds by Ladbrokes: 1/100 Prince Harry; 14/1 Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips; 33/1 One of closest pals the van Cutsem brothers; 40/1 Former housemate Fergus Boyd; 50/1 Thomas van Straubenzee.
William and Kate will continue to live at their cottage near the prince's RAF base in North Wales. It is well protected and offers them a great deal of privacy.
When they stay in London they will use his apartment in St James's Palace, below.
In the longer term, it is believed a house will be built for the couple at Harewood Park, a Duchy of Cornwall estate in Herefordshire, an hour's drive from Charles's Highgrove home.
After nine years together, the couple, both approaching 30, will want to start a family as soon as possible, producing the so-called "heir and spare" to ensure the royal succession.
The royal couple are expected to spend part if not all of their honeymoon in New Zealand after the Prince's hugely successful first foreign visit there in January.
It is predicted they will arrive in time for the Rugby World Cup, which starts there on September 9. The Prince is a huge fan of the sport both as a player and spectator and a Royal patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.
The couple may well also visit neighbouring Australia and, like William's parents, spend some time in the Highlands at Balmoral.
Issa, the fashion line of Brazilian designer Danielle Helayel, has become Kate's favourite choice.
She wore one of her dresses for yesterday's announcement and seems likely to commission a wedding dress, which could cost as much as £10,000.
However, there may be pressure on her to opt for a British designer as she is expected to fly the flag on her special day.

Bruce Oldfield would be an obvious candidate - he was a friend of Diana and has designed wedding dresses for Queen Rania of Jordan and Jemima Khan.
Or she could turn to Elizabeth Emanuel who made Diana's dress with her then husband David.
Outsiders include London-based Jenny Packham and Amanda Wakeley.
Smart money is on celebrity florist Rob Van Helden, who has previously provided blooms for Elton John's parties.
Prince Charles may also insist the occasion calls for flowers from his beloved Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, which has Kate's favourite white lilies.
Kate's hair will most likely be done by celeb-rity crimper Richard Ward, left, based in Chelsea, west London. He will get the best out of her rich chestnut tresses, while make-up artist Komal Singh could be called in to oversee her appearance.
The couple will have a team of officials to help them plan the wedding, including aides from Clarence House, Privy Council officials and Kate's family.
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Private Secretary to Prince William and Prince Harry and press secretary, Miguel Head, could also help.
Royalty Protection branch SO14 will handle security and a wedding planner will handle cake, invitations, food and music.
- Mirror

Elton Performing at Isle of Man

Another date has been added to Elton's 2011 tour in the United Kingdom. He will bring his solo show to the Isle of Man for one special night next summer, the first time he has performed on the island. The concert will take place on Thursday, June 16, 2011, in the impressive Valhalla Tent in the beautiful setting of Nobles Park. The seated and standing concert will give 8,500 lucky Manx the opportunity to see Elton perform live.

Elton commented: "Every year I play concerts all over the world, often in the most extraordinary and exotic places. I never tire of playing, and coming home to play in England in the summer is always a special joy. I have never played in The Isle of Man before, so I'm looking forward to the concert on June 16. The summer audiences always come prepared to enjoy themselves, so be ready to be up on your feet, dancing and singing. Those fans who have been with me since the early days might remember that I recorded a song called Val-hala in 1969 on the Empty Sky album - so that must be a good omen. See you in June!"

Tickets for this show will go on public sale on Thursday November 18 at 9am and can be bought via the following hotline numbers: 0844 481 5816, 0844 209 7366, 0844 845 2540 or online at www.ticketsoup.comwww.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.seetickets.com.

Hear Elton with Ronan Keating on New Duet Album

Australian/New Zealand-only 2010 release from the Irish singer/songwriter and Boyzone member. Features songs with countryman Brian McFadden, Cat Stevens, Lulu, LeAnn Rimes, Elton John and a host of Australian and New Zealand artists as well. Producer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Pink, Ronan, Boyzone) was at the helm for the majority of the album which was recorded at Sydney's Studio 301. Pre-Order the album here: Duet

Elton to Appear on Regis & Kelly

Elton is to appear on syndicated American television morning show Live With Regis and Kelly on Wednesday, November 24. Please check local press for transmission times.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Team Elton Wins Again at the WTT Smash Hits

Pop legend Sir Elton John showed off altogether different 'racket' skills as he welcomed tennis stars to a charity bash for his aids foundation.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King and Sir Elton teamed up for their annual charity event, the 18th annual World Team Tennis Smash Hits at the Bender Arena at American University in Washington, DC.

This star studded event featured Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova among others and raised money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities.

"I've always found that of all the sports people, tennis people were on the page first when it came to supporting aids and becoming aware and helping out so its all credit to the tennis community and I want to say thanks all of them who have played over the last 18 years," John told reporters at a press conference prior to the event.

Martina Navratilova and Elton John teamed up to beat Steffi Graf and 4-1 in a best of four game set in the featured event.

Now in its 18th year, WTT Smash Hits has raised nearly $10 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local charities worldwide.


Elton to Guest Edit the Independent on Dec 1

Sir Elton John is to guest edit the Independent in early December with a themed edition to raise awareness of World Aids Day.

John, who follows in the footsteps of U2 frontman Bono and designer Giorgio Armani, will also guest edit the Independent's cut price 20p spin-off i on 1 December. All circulation revenue from the publications will go to the Elton John Aids Foundation.

"I'm really looking forward to spending a day in the editor's chair and I'm pleased to get the chance to put the subject of Aids at the top of the editorial agenda," said John. He also intends to "enlist the help of prominent friends from showbusiness and politics".

The one-off edition will be published on World Aids Day with the aim of raising awareness of prejudice against HIV and the need to protect against transmission.

John will take over from Simon Kelner, the editor-in-chief of the Independent, selecting relevant news, features and commentary to highlight the World Aids Day campaign.

"Elton has been planning this issue for some time and he has quite a few surprises in store," Kelner said. "From football to music to politics and, of course, on the subject of Aids, Elton has much to say."

In the UK the Independent has had guest editors including Bono, who oversaw an edition to raise awareness of the Red movement to tackle Aids in Africa, in 2006.

The edition resulted in a sales rise of about 70,000 copies – a bigger sales lift than after the London bombings in July 2005.

- The Guardian

Monday, November 15, 2010

Elton John Returning to Las Vegas in 2011 for Residency

Twice last month when Sir Elton John performed here in Las Vegas for Andre Agassi and Justin Timberlake at separate charity events on The Strip, I reported rumors from highly reliable sources that talks were underway for the British superstar entertainer to return to Caesars Palace.

Now I can confirm that he’ll be back at The Colosseum next year, two years after his residency ended there. Elton will resume his shows after Celine Dion’s initial run of 70 performances a year for two years that premieres March 15. The legendary singer, pianist and showman returns to his theater home where he had alternated in a residency with Celine, Cher and Bette Midler beginning Feb. 13, 2004.

I was reliably told over the weekend that the 63-year-old award-winning singer-songwriter will be back for a regular run of shows. “You’re going to see him here again at Caesars next year for sure,” a top executive confirmed to me.

- Las Vegas Weekly

It probably will not be a repeat of his show Red Piano that ran at The Colosseum with 75 shows over three years that ended April 2009. “The trend now is for superstars to perform as we’re currently seeing with Rod Stewart and Diana Ross here. You get the songs. You get the music. You get it stripped down to pure entertainment and not clouded over with high-lavish spectacle,” I was told.
No word yet as to the terms of a contract with a number of shows over a period of time for a staggering $$ payday, but the deal is underway and definitely a go.
Celine returns to The Colosseum on March 15 with a full orchestra and band of 31 musicians for her salute to the romance of classic Hollywood movies, plus her own greatest hits. Tickets to date are on sale through Aug. 14, although she is taking off all of May. I’m told that tickets are selling at a faster rate much farther out than her A New Day shows here and that hundreds of visitors from as far away as Europe, Japan and Australia have purchased hotel and show packages.
Sir Elton could take some of the May dates or next year’s late summer and early fall openings. It’s also believed that Rod will commit to additional shows in the theater after his present run ends Sunday.
- Las Vegas Sun

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Elton Confirmed for Australian Tour in 2011

POP phenomenon Justin Bieber will tour in April - leading a rush of superstar shows in 2011.
Bieber, 16, will earn $2.4 million for an eight-date arena tour around the country.
"You can expect just to have a great time," Bieber said. "It's a place where, hopefully, you can relate to the songs and stuff."
Ticket prices are expected to be less than $100. Bieber's tour, which will be announced soon, spearheads another wave of superstars clamouring to perform Down Under.
Kylie Minogue is planning winter dates for her Les Folies tour.
Minogue, who is being treated for breast cancer, hopes for an all clear in February. Minogue said: "The tour will be about my gratitude and giving back."
Several promoters are in talks with Bruce Springsteen.
But The Boss has yet to offer a window of dates in his world tour.
US rockers Kings of Leon and popular crooner Chris Isaak are strongly tipped to tour in March.
Bearded hitmakers ZZ Top are rumoured for shows in April. Van Halen and frontman David Lee Roth are close to confirming a visit next year. Billy Joel and Elton John are also tipped to tour.
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters are expected to play shows in the US and Europe from June, with Australian dates likely in late 2011 or early 2012.
Paul McCartney has put South America in his world tour schedule next year, which bodes well for Australian shows soon after.
The Rolling Stones will start a world tour in late 2011, with stadium stopovers in Australia in 2012.
A live show featuring stars of the television hit, Glee, pegged as one of the year's biggest tours, will not reach these shores.
The expanding tour calendar follows a crowded summer of rock.
The Eagles, U2, Bon Jovi, Muse, Linkin Park and Gorillaz are touring in December.
Michael Buble and Neil Diamond will tour soon after.
- Herald Sun

Elton is rumoured to include Australia on his world tour after Europe at the end of July. Expect him between August and December 2011.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Misuse of EU Funds for Italian EJ Gig Probed

When EU bureaucrats awarded hundreds of thousands of euros to support an Italian region's cultural heritage they may have had in mind images of rural arts and crafts, perhaps even the promotion of a local culinary delicacy.
An Elton John concert was almost certainly not on their list.
But Brussels had to begin an investigation into how €750,000 (£637,000) of its money came to be spent on enticing the singer to perform in Naples. "We know EU funds were used for this concert, and we are looking into it to see if it was eligible," an EU spokesman said.
"This type of funding is for regional development. Cultural projects can be included, but with rules. If we find out that funds were used improperly we would ask Italy to deduct them from the next request for funds they make."
Mario Borghezio, a MEP from Italy's Northern League party, said the money spent on the concert by the regional authority of Campania, was "shameful".
But a former Campania official involved in the concert said the use of EU funds was "absolutely legitimate" and claimed the region had paid out "only" €600,000.
"I don't understand the problem. The EU has already approved the project," said Dario Scalabrini, a former head of the region's tourism office.
"This money was given for the marketing of the city, and that is what we did. Just consider the number of people who stayed in Naples because of the concert."
Scalabrini said the lack of Neapolitan influences in John's repertoire was not an issue.
"Neapolitan culture cannot be a closed off phenomenon – and besides, Elton John sang the Neapolitan song O Sole Mio for the first time ever," he added. "The audience was crying with emotion."
Regional officials had later tried to book Paul McCartney to perform, he said, but the plan was abandoned when the centre-left governor was voted out of office in regional elections this year.
"We would have used EU funds to pay McCartney too," he added. "It would have been a great concert."

- Guardian