Saturday, December 22, 2012
Elton will also perform a solo concert in Italy on July 9 at Barolo (Cuneo), Piazza Colbert.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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
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.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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
Monday, December 10, 2012
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
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.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
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
Friday, November 30, 2012
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...
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
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.
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.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
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