Sunday, May 8, 2011

It's Official - Elton John Confirms Australian Tour!!


ELTON JOHN & HIS BAND
RETURN TO AUSTRALIA THIS SUMMER

“Singing in an unfaltering voice, and projecting an exuberant air, Mr. John behaved more like a master of ceremonies than a guest of honor. His patter between songs was affable enough to defy the dimensions of the arena.”
New York Times

“Elton played and sang awesomely, with gale-force gusto. Lord knows how many times he's performed these songs, but somehow he still manages to sound as if he means every word of them.”
The Telegraph UK

Chugg Entertainment is proud to present the much-lauded return of the one and only Elton John to Australia this summer.

On this, his 15TH tour of Australia, Elton John & His Band will begin the national run of dates on Wednesday 30 November at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre before heading south to the iconic Hunter Valley for a performance under the stars at Hope Estate on Saturday 3 December - in this his only appearance in NSW on the tour. The show then rolls south to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday 6 December, then onwards to Adelaide for A Night At Coopers Amphitheatre at the Coopers Brewery on Friday 9 December before closing the tour in Perth at Burswood Dome on Sunday 11 December.

To draw comparisons to Sir Elton John is impossible; 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.

Acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest living pop icons, Elton’s audience has seen him traverse a career that began in the 1960s when he was a shy singer/songwriter and saw him grow into one of the most successful musicians of all time. His crossovers from classic balladry, soul and disco to country, gospel and rock have often confounded but never disappointed his legion of worldwide fans. As one of the greatest showmen of all time, his spectacular stage shows continue to leave the competition standing still in his wake.

As a humanitarian, Elton is a force for good whose public and private generosity support a staggering number of causes around the world, including establishing the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, and in 1997 raising over $40 million for charity through sales of ‘Candle In The Wind 1997,’ the single released following the death of his friend Diana, Princess of Wales.

Having sold over 250 million albums worldwide - in 1975, one in every fifty albums sold was an Elton John record - and boasting a career that has kept him and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, at the top of the charts for nearly 40 years, his lifework has amalgamated into more than that of just a recording artist. Through a partnership with lyricist Tim Rice came the music for both the feature film and Broadway stage production of ‘The Lion King.’ Elton also wrote the music for the stage production of ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’ and more recently for the box office smash, ‘Gnomeo & Juliet.’ In 2010, Elton forged a collaboration with long-time musical hero, Leon Russell on the T Bone Burnett produced album, The Union, of which he said of Russell, “When I started he was my idol, mentor and everything I wanted to be as a songwriter.”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest pop musicians in spectacular form when ROCKET MAN returns to Australia this November/December.

Elton John fans with Visa Credit, Debit or Prepaid cards can gain access to presale tickets through Visa Entertainment.

Advance Elton John tour tickets across all seating categories will be available from 10.00am (local time), Monday 16 May 2011 until 5.00pm (local time), Wednesday 18 May 2011 (or until tickets sell out) at the Visa website.

TOUR DATES:
Wed 30 Nov - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Sat 3 Dec - Hope Estate, Hunter Valley
Tue 6 Dec - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Fri 9 Dec - A Night At Coopers Amphitheatre, Coopers Brewery, Adelaide
Sun 11 Dec - Burswood Dome, Perth

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