Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My review of Sydney 2011


The lyric theatre is a surprising venue for a superstar of Elton's calibre to perform at.
It holds 2000 people and is more like a plush cinema.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Lyric Theatre Photos


Elton Thinks The Star is World Class

ELTON John loved his two weekend shows at Star, the Rocket Man telling casino boss Larry Mullin the Lyric venue was top international standard, as were the new restaurants the dad-of-one dined in.

Sydney Reviews


The tantrums and tiaras are long gone but Elton John can still summon good old Las Vegas glitz in any venue big enough to fit his grand piano and superstar ego.

Hunter Valley Audience May Have to Pay "Road Tax"

AN audacious attempt to charge thousands of concert-goers a road levy in the Hunter Valley has been labelled a "tax on fun" by a tourism group.

Fan Gets Elton's Autograph Tattooed On His Back

Merv Vessey has a permanent reminder of his first trip to Dunedin - and the Elton John fan could not be happier.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Clips From Elton's Dunedin Appearance




Pop rock's biggest name has arrived in the country but he is lying low until he hits the stage tonight.
Sir Elton John plays his one and only concert in Dunedin in a couple of hours, and the sold out stadium will be packed full of 35,000 adoring fans.

Panama Confirmed

Elton will perform a concert in Panama City, Panama, at the Figalli Convention Center on February 4, 2012.


For the Panama City concert Elton will be joined onstage by his band, Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson, Bob Birch, John Mahon and Kim Bullard, as well as the 2CELLOS (Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic) and the four backing singers (Rose Stone, Lisa Stone, Tata Vega and Jean Witherspoon).

Have Your Say About the Aussie & Kiwi Concerts


To Elton's New Zealand fans heading off to Dunedin tonight for Elton's most southerly concert ever, have a fantastic time!

To Elton's Australian fans heading off to Sydney tomorrow for Elton's intimate Lyric Theatre concert, have a fantastic time too! - I will see you there.

If you would like to have your say please forward your reviews, set lists, photos and videos to eltonjohnnews.blogspot.com@gmail.com I would love to post them for us all to see.

To everyone else around the world, there may be limited news over the next two weeks as I am on the road touring Elton's Aussie concerts. I will do my best to update the blog as often as possible. Thanks for your understanding.

Enjoy your Elton adventure wherever you see him next!

Dunedin Gears Up For The Rocket Man


Sir Elton John jets into Dunedin today for the southern-most concert of his long career.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Results Are In

Thank you so much to everyone who completed the Elton John Set List survey.

Eran James Supporting Elton at All Shows

Chugg Entertainment has just announced that Elton John has invited his
good friend Eran James to join him as the support act at his upcoming
concerts in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Introducing Sparkles

Sparkles has been selected as the winning name for the EJN Tour Mascot.

Congratulations to Michael Bailey for the winning name!

Keep an eye out for Sparkles appearing at the Melbourne Fan Drinks on December 7.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Setlist Survey Extended Until Tomorrow

The Elton John Set List Survey has been extended until 9pm AEST (+10UTC/GMT) tomorrow (Wednesday November 23). Click here to take survey

Singapore Review

Singapore: "We're gonna rock tonight!" said Elton John when he played to a packed Singapore Indoor Stadium crowd that braved a heavy downpour to fill the stands, left, right, centre and even behind the stage.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Elton Coming to Costa Rica, Panama Coming Soon


Elton will perform in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium on February 3, 2012.

Q&A With Elton

Last month, Elton John played his 3000th concert (at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas). Now he's about to head to Dunedin for a concert that offers the statistically inclined musician the chance to add another entry to a long list. Shane Gilchrist asks the chart-topping, globe-trotting performer a few questions.

Looks Like David & Zachary Are Coming to Australia

Friday, November 18, 2011

Introducing The Elton John Orchid

Sir Elton John now has an orchid that bears his name.

Elton Wanted for World's Longest Piano

THE owner of the world's longest piano is moving it 200km in a bid to attract the attention of iconic English pianist Sir Elton John, who is on tour in New Zealand.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Indonesian Concert Delayed by 12 Months

Elton's Indonesian concert originally scheduled for Friday November 18 has been moved to Saturday November 17 2012 at the Mata Elang International Stadium in Ancol, Jakarta.

Could Elton be planning a return to Australia already?

Elton Arrives in Singapore

After 40 years of playing live and more than 3000 public concerts as of 8 October, Elton John still gets a thrill at the thought of playing for his fans.

Russian Fan Invited On Stage

Is This Elton's New Canadian Castle?

Pop superstar Elton John is building a fabulous mansion on Lake Ontario, just outside Brighton, 90 minutes east of Toronto.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bid on a Guitar Signed by Elton, Tom Hanks & Lady GaGa

For yourself or the guitar-collector in your life: bid now on this Fender candy apple red California Series Sonoron SCE California custom Dreadnought acoustic/electric guitar signed by some of the greatest entertainers and musicians of our time: Lady Gaga, Elton John, Tom Hanks, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighers as well as his 2 daughters, Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms during their guest appearances on Saturday Night Live.

BID AT CHARITY BUZZ

Win Front Row Elton John Tickets

Please find below a list of current competitions for Elton John's 2011 Australian Tour:

FRONT ROW

Win front row tickets to Elton John’s final show in Melbourne on Tuesday 6 December plus return economy flights from your nearest capital city to Melbourne and accommodation all included. The Minor Prizes will be a double pass to the folling Elton John shows!

Elton Performs With Sting at BCRF Hot Pink Party 2011

Australian Tour CD Released Nov 18

Elton John is almost here again, for the 15th time (can you believe it?)

To celebrate, Elton's releasing a specially curated definitive, 33-track edition of ‘Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits’.

Rocket Man: The Australian Tour Edition is out November 18. Just in time to get you ready for seeing him live.

- MIX 94.5

Elton Cries On Stage During Kiev Concert

Elton Launches New Ukraine Charity Project



Sir Elton has joined forces with Ukranian businesswoman Elena Pinchuk to help homeless young women, especially the ones with children, who live in the street and to provide them with medical, legal and social aid.

Trailer for Love Lies Bleeding Released

David Furnish Hopes to See AIDS Cure Soon

“At the core of the fight against AIDS is the fight against homophobia,” said David Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and keynote speaker, at the U.S. Conference on AIDS in Chicago Thursday.

Meet Bernie Taupin in Florida Today

This weekend the paintings of Bernie Taupin will be on display at the Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, Florida, USA. The exhibition is entitled 'Beyond Words,' and Bernie is expected to be in attendance at the gallery on Saturday November 12, between 6 and 9pm, and on Sunday 13 between 1 and 3pm.

Elton's Glasses On Show in Switzerland

Twenty pairs of Elton's unique spectacles, including the famous 'stars and stripes' pair pictured on this page, are under the spotlight at a special exhibition in Switzerland. The exhibition, entitled Brillen (Eyewear), focuses on 'Eyewear past, present and future - vision aid and fashion accessory.' It is at the the Puppenhausmuseum, Basel, and runs until April 2012.

What Should Our Mascot's Name Be?


To celebrate Elton's Aussie tour, a special crocodile has been crafted as a mascot for EltonJohnNews.Blogspot.Com

Email eltonjohnnews.blogspot.com@gmail.com with your suggestions for it's name...

CANCELLED: MELBOURNE FAN DRINKS DEC 6

Dear All,

It is with great regret that I announce that our fan drinks originally planned for December 6 has been cancelled. All those attendees from December 6 are now welcome to join us on December 7 - same time, same place.

Tunisia Wants Elton John

The Tunisian Tourism Minister, Mehdi Haouas, is in London this week for the World Travel Market and his touting his country...big time.

Tori Amos Covers Someone Saved My Life Tonight



Tori Amos, surprised audiences at her Night of the Hunters tour in Amsterdam with an absolutely lovely rendition of Elton John's Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Elton Returns to Germany

Elton and the band are to play four dates in Germany next year. They are:

June 1, 2012, Hessentag, Wetzlar
June 29, Schlosspark, Ludwigslust
July 3, König-Pilsener-Arena, Oberhausen
July 14, Residenzplatz, Würzburg

Public tickets for these concerts go on sale on Friday, November 11.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Elton Returns to Latvia

Yesterday [Nov. 3]the legendary musician Sir Elton John performed at Arena Riga in front of 10,300 spectators. “I am very delighted to return to Riga,” said Elton John and started his concert.

David & Elton Talk About Homophobia

In spite of everything that's gone before, the last 12 months have been the happiest and most special of my life. To become a parent is a blessing I never imagined might be bestowed upon me until recently. It's an awe-inspiring responsibility and both David and I are determined to fulfil that responsibility – not just to our son but to his generation. We want him to grow up in a Britain where every young person is not just loved as much as we love him, but is afforded fair treatment and respect. However, as we start thinking about Zachary's future education, it's clear that this Britain doesn't exist yet.