Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

To all my readers and followers out there, thanks so much for your support throughout 2012. It has been an incredible year full of surprises and amazing moments.

Elton & David Give Hearing to 400

Sir Elton John and David Furnish visited the Philippines last week to give the gift of hearing to more than 400 children and adults in need.

Elton Coming to Italy (Solo), Belo Horizonte Brazil

Elton and the band will play an extra concert in Brazil on March 9 at Belo Horizonte, Mineirão.

Elton will also perform a solo concert in Italy on July 9 at Barolo (Cuneo), Piazza Colbert.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

T Bone & Elton Recording More Tracks for The Diving Board in January

What's the current status of Elton John's The Diving Board record?
We're gonna record some more songs in January, I think.

Third Show Added in Paris, Salzburg Gig Announced

Elton and the band will play a concert at Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 at 7:30 PM

Sir Elton John, the star with more than 3,000 performances around the world to his name, is back after 13 years of absence in the mythical Olympia! Following the success of his two concerts on 9 and 10 December 2013, Elton John will perform his greatest hits also on 11 December 2013 at the Olympia!

Monday, December 17, 2012

2Cellos Leave the Band, Not at Bangkok Concert

The 2Cellos left Elton's band as announced earlier and were not at the Thailand concert. The Taiwan show was their last together. Stay tuned to see if they still appear together for the Million Dollar Piano series.

Check out the video above to see Elton wearing a jacket very similar to the one I made.

Reminder: Calendar Orders Close Dec 21

If you are interested in ordering a copy of my Elton John & His Band Live in Australia 2012 Souvenir Calendar 2013 - please place your order by sending an email to by Friday December 21. All payments must be received by Saturday December 22 in order to be a part of the final shipment of stock on January 2.

Unfortunately, no orders will be accepted if payment is not recieved by December 22.

For pricing and shipping information see my post on December 2nd.

Rock Band Adds 3 Elton Tracks

Harmonix today announced that a three-pack of songs from Elton is headed to the Rock Band™ Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.

Elton Catches Teen Boy Band Bar Gig

Elton John was among audience members at a tiny pub gig for hotly-tipped Irish newcomers The Strypes tonight (December 16).

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Elton Features on Peace One Day Album

Both Elton and 2CELLOS performed at the Peace One Day concert on September 21, 2012, at London’s Wembley Arena. To celebrate the Global Truce 2012 campaign, Peace One Day has today launched The Very Best of Global Truce 2012, an iTunes album including live tracks from their London 2012 Festival concerts.

Elton Sends His Love to Lily-Mae

It's been a hectic couple of weeks for everybody involved in Tiny Dancer: A Song For Lily-Mae. The charity single tops the Irish singles charts for the second week running. For Stephen Macken though, it's been a project that started with a devastating phone call in June of this year. Stephen is a close friend of Lily-Mae's parents Judith Sibley and Leighton Morrison, and the news that their four-year old daughter was suffering from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a rare and extremely aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system, hit really hard with Stephen.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Elton Coming to Ireland, 2 More Shows for France

Elton is one of the first artists to be announced for next summer’s Live At The Marquee concerts in Cork, Ireland. Elton and the band return to Cork for the ninth year of this renowned concert series on 23 June, 2013.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Elton Loves China, Wants to Play a Charity Gig Soon

Following his concerts in China, Elton is now heading to South East Asia for more shows, starting with The Philippines for a concert in Manila today, Saturday.

During November and December, Elton played five memorable concerts in China: in Shanghai, Beijing, twice in Hong Kong and in Guangzhou.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

3 Shows Confirmed for Brazil

Three concerts in 2013 have been announced for Elton and the band in Brazil.
They are:

February 27, 2013, 8.30pm, Jockey Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 5, 2013, 9pm, Zequinha Stadium, Porto Alegre, Brazil
March 8, 2013, 9.30pm, Centro de Convenções Internacional De Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil.

A Chat with Nigel

When Elton John performs on Dec. 8 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, take note of the guy who will play the drums. His name, Nigel Olsson, may not ring a bell to most young music fans, but he’s acknowledged for his vital role when Elton first came to the United States in August 1970.

My Videos From The Aussie Tour

Check out my clips from the 2012 tour below:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Elton Opening Leeds Arena

Music superstar Sir Elton John is ready to raise the roof at the new Leeds Arena.

Elton Might Perform 'Empty Garden' in Manila, GBYBR Anniversary Show Being Considered

John and Taupin collaborated on a tribute song for the late John Lennon called "Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)" and released in 1982. He and Lennon were close friends in the 70s and he even joined in recording the latter's "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" single which eventually became a number one hit.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Elton's AIDS Interview for Chinese TV

If anyone needed confirmation that Tibet and Ai Weiwei are on completely different levels of sensitivity; CCTV have interviewed Elton John just days after he controversially dedicated his Beijing concert to the dissident artist. In stark contrast to the fallout that followed Bjorks 2009 'Tibet' chants, Elton does not seem to have spent much time at all in the naughty corner. The Global Times, which condemned John's Ai dedication whilst accurately predicting that "the news caused by Elton John was only fleeting", will have mixed feelings.

Suicidal Louis Walsh Helped by Elton John

Pop mogul awarded €500,000 over bogus sex-assault slur tells Niamh Horan how a phone call gave him new hope

LOUIS Walsh has opened up for the first time about an unexpected phone call from Elton John which he credits with saving his life.

"Elton gave me hope. He told me to fight," he said.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Order Your 2013 Elton John Calendar Now

To celebrate 40 years of Rocket Man and Elton's 2012 tour of Australia, is releasing an exclusive 2013 souvenir calendar. The 12 month spiral bound wall calendar features photography by Paul Jelicich taken at all seven concerts on the Australian tour (Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston).  If you purchased last year's tour compendium you will see the quality of my photos and the printing finish.

Friday, November 30, 2012

My Melbourne & Launceston Review

Melbourne is my home town. Although not originally included on the tour, it was added to replace a concert in Mackay that was unable to proceed dude to engineering issues. Rod Laver Arena is a great venue - excellent acoustics, versatile design and great location. I have a lot of personal memories from RLA. This is where I first saw Elton live back in 2006.

Schmidt played their last show in Australia. Things started well and the audience seemed to really get behind their groove. It was really sad to see the lead guitar amp failing and the subsequent loss of guitar to a couple of tracks. They rocked the last number and got a fantastic ovation. Such warm, talented people and I look forward to catching up with them again.

Tonight's show was very exciting, Zachary was being held by a nanny on the wings of the stage watching Daddy play the piano. Looking adorable with his little earmuffs on. Elton spoke about showing Zachary the city and what a great day they had together. Zac's presence really boosted Elton's mood and he belted out the hits with real exuberance. Davey handed me a pick and I managed to get a lovely smile and cheeky grin from Elton as he observed my sparkling costume.

It was however very upsetting to hear Elton admit that he is getting old. I knew this day would come but it still surprised me to hear him say 'you know I love it here, I love coming back here. I don't know how many times I will be able to come back, but you know I will.' I really hope he is able to, and that this is not the start of a slow down in international touring that will inevitably come.

Launceston, Tasmania is a lovely semi-rural, semi-urban centre surrounded by beautiful natural attractions. It apparently has a large pharmaceutical industry based around opiate production - something a friendly taxi driver told me, I thought I might share it with you. Both myself and Sir Elton have now played and subsequently watched a concert in every state and territory in Australia. It's geographic isolation while beautiful creates headaches for Elton's logistics team, a delayed ship transporting the production touring trucks was late by enough hours that apparently the 2Cellos act was almost cut too accommodate the delay. Thank god Michael Gomez, Dennis McManus and the load-in crew were able to work like the wind and have everything ready in time.

The Silverdome is a small venue designed for cycling. It lacks many of the facilities larger arena's offer, however it makes up for this with friendly people and an intimate experience. The local audience gave Elton & the band a fabulous sendoff for China and we were rewarded with masterful showmanship and a special adjustment to the set. Sacrifice was swapped out for Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word -  a lovely farewell to the 2Cellos who featured prominently in this track.

An extra special moment came when Elton dedicated Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me to 'everyone that has come to all my shows on the Australian tour'. Thanks Elton! Your recognition means a lot to me. Elton even took the time to sign a poster for me as his bodyguard assisted him on the stage in what seemed to be a very rushed attempt at audience interaction.

As the final chords to Circle of Life dissipated into the Tasmanian air, Elton was off, heading for China. To make the tour even more special for me, Nigel via his drum tech Chris gave me his drumsticks used during the concert. Thanks Chris & Nigel for making my 20th Elton John concert a most memorable event. A special thanks to Rick, Dale, Kim, Davey & John for being so kind and generous to me during the tour too. God bless. Also I should thank Chugg Entertainment for bringing Elton back to Australia for us to enjoy. I spotted Chuggi in Launceston looking excited to see a good friend and great artist at home in Launceston. Cheers Michael and thanks so much for all your hard work.

What a magical tour it was. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all my site followers and friends from around Australia and the world, it certainly will be something I will never forget. Thanks for reading about my travels and supporting my site.

Until next year...

My Sydney Review

Sydney is a special place for Elton, he was married here (to a woman), had throat surgery here, and has an enormous fan base that loves him dearly. Thursday's show with the band would be his 45th concert at the famous Sydney Entertainment Centre. The SEC has hosted Elton more than any other artist and even has an 'Elton John Suite' filled with memorabilia. Elton commented that 'the SEC is one of my favourite venues in the world to play. This is the third most shows i've done at any venue, behind madison Square Garden and Vegas.'

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Canberra Review

This was my first visit to Canberra, home of the Australian Government. It is a well planned city revolving around the parliament building and central government offices.

Elton was playing his only outdoor show on the Australian tour at the Canberra Stadium, a traditional sport venue. One thing I wasn't prepared for was how bitterly cold it can get at night in Canberra. Elton was prepared however, with two gas burners by his side and four very attractive young gentleman sitting directly in front of him, whom he ogled throughout the night.

My Perth Review

I remember it like it was yesterday...

What a lucky country we live in, being able to host Elton John for not only 9 concerts in 2011 but to also be seeing him down under in 2012 for another sparkling 7 gigs. Some people say 'how much longer will he tour for down here, he may not be around for much longer', others say 'live life while you can - do what you love'. So I did. I decided to see Elton at all his Aussie gigs, again. Maybe I'm crazy but all I know is that this music inspires me in so many ways and makes me feel more alive than anything else can. All I can say is that it was a pure privilege to witness one of the greats of music live.

Elton Invites Susan Boyle to Stay with Him

Elton John invited Susan Boyle to stay at his Vegas suite. But the Britain’s Got Talent star turned him down.

Elton John Album Inducted Into Grammy Hall of Fame

Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame collection, and Elton's 1970 album Elton John is one of the albums cited as exhibiting "qualitative or historical significance."

Elton John 3rd Highest Earning Musician in 2012

Forbes Magazine has just released its list of 2012's highest paid musicians and it shows an international cast of pop stars, hip-hop giants, and rock icons. Rap mogul Dr. Dre leads the pack of this year's top earners, followed by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, The Rocketman Elton John, rock legendary group U2, and British boy band Take That. The list also shows that most of the artists' earnings came from their rigorous touring and live shows.

China Suggests Audiences Boo Elton Off the Stage

A top Chinese daily yesterday condemned pop star Elton John for dedicating his Beijing show to dissident artist Ai Weiwei, saying it was disrespectful and could lead to bans on other Western performers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Listening to Elton John Won't Make You Gay

KUALA LUMPUR: Just because we enjoy Elton John’s music does not mean we would also emulate his lifestyle, said MCA today.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Elton Dedicates Beijing Show to Dissident

Never one to shy away from controversy, Sir Elton John has caused a stir by dedicating a concert in Bejing to dissident Ai Weiwei.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Personal Note From Me

To all my loyal subscribers,

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to give you all a big thank you for coming to see me during the Australian tour and making me feel so welcome. You guys really rock!

Tiny Dancer Lily-Mae

SUPERSTAR Elton John is backing a new campaign to raise much needed funds for a little Irish girl battling cancer.

Elton & Kiki 1976 Live in France

From 24th of November 2012 included to 30th of November 2012 included we will broadcast on Télé Melody (and also on demand via the French variety show Les rendez-vous du dimanche, that was broadcast on the 12th of September 1976 and never broadcasted again since then, in which Sir Elton John sings with Kiki Dee "Don't go breaking my heart".

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Being An "Ex-Friend" of Elton John

WHEN you fall out with Elton John it seems you fall out forever.

Zachary & Elton Sail Sydney

With just over a month until his second birthday, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John proved he's not too young to walk tall with his superstar dad on tour.

2 Paris Shows Added for December 2013

Elton and his band will be heading to France in 2013 for two spectacular performances at the Olympia in Paris on December 9 and 10.

Elton Snaps Up Aussie Art

With a net worth of over $320 million, you’d figure Sir Elton John would own just about everything he could desire.

Launceston Review

``THE Bitch is Back.''

It was with the lyrics from that song, that Elton John entered the Launceston Silverdome stage last night.

Melbourne Reviews

Despite the fact that he played here just a year ago, Sir Elton John is still capable of pulling a capacity crowd at Rod Laver Arena, and at the age of 65, has lost little of the sparkle that has attracted millions to his music over the past 43 years.