Sunday, May 8, 2011

Elton May Perform at the ARIA's


AFTER much speculation, Sir Elton John has finally confirmed an Australian tour for this year.

The flamboyant British singer will play Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, December 6.

Shows are also scheduled for Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as a winery show in the Hunter Valley.

It will be Sir Elton's 15th Australian tour.

"To draw comparisons with Sir Elton John is impossible," promoter Chugg Entertainment said in a statement.

"Artist, altruistic philanthropist, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and BRIT winner, his many accolades have made him an inimitable force in a career spanning five decades, with his versatility and effortless talent showing no sign of slowing down."

Sir Elton, 64, last toured Australia in 2007, but this trip will be his first as a father, though there is no word on whether the singer's lavish entourage will include partner David Furnish and their four-month-old son, Zachary.

Sir Elton has had a long association with Australia.

He hosted the first ever ARIA Awards at Sydney's then Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in 1987.

And with the event celebrating its 25th year around the time of Sir Elton's tour, industry speculation suggests there's talk of him making an appearance.

"It would be a massive coup," one executive said. "It's perfect timing."

As an artist, Sir Elton has sold more than 250 million albums, with huge global hits including Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Your Song, I'm Still Standing and Crocodile Rock.

Sir Elton will juggle the Australian dates with his new three-year residency at Las Vegas, which will give the singer a stable environment to raise Zachary.

He recently signed a deal to play Caesar's Palace until 2014, with his new Million Dollar Piano show kicking off in September.

By the time he wraps up the new residency, he will have spent eight of the past 10 years on the Las Vegas strip.

- Herald Sun

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