Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Elton Reschedules Peterborough Date

Elton John is returning to Peterborough's Memorial Centre Sept. 19.

Promoter Live Nation announced Monday (Sept. 10) that The Rocket Man will hit the stage at 8 p.m. -- a make-up show for his canceled Sept. 8 concert.

For ticket holders who can't go, refunds will be available starting this Wednesday (Sept. 12) at the point of purchase.

John was seen by a doctor minutes before he was scheduled to take to the stage Saturday night at the Memorial Centre.

According to arena program and promotions co-ordinator John Salfi, John, 65, arrived Saturday about mid-afternoon and took a nap in his dressing room. When he awoke, he was ill and unable to speak.
Shortly before 8 p.m., according to Salfi, a doctor checked the pop music superstar and it was determined that he couldn't perform.

"There are so many rumours out there as to what happened," says Salfi, admitting the fact that John was able to perform the night before in Sarnia and on Sunday in Toronto has added to speculation that John wasn't happy with some aspect of his Peterborough appearance and decided to cancel.

"I can tell you the dressing room was very well-received by his management team and there were no problems reported to us," says Salfi.

"We went above and beyond to meet the demands of a very challenging contract rider. There were no problems from that perspective."

Craig, meanwhile, is adamant that ticket holders know that John was at the arena some five hours before the concert and there were no problems...until he woke up from a nap.

"He feels bad about canceling."

In this footage taken by Harrison Perkins, a Loyalist College online, print and broadcast journalism student, Elton John (right) is seen entering the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Mr. Perkins says he got the footage between 3 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 8) afternoon.

- My Kawartha

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