Thursday, September 13, 2012

Elton to Play Solo Gig in Sydney with PNAU


ELTON John has tapped the Sydney duo who took him back to the top of the British charts after two decades for a one-off concert here in November.


John discovered PNAU when he visited a Sydney record store during his 2007 Australian tour and has championed the career of Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes ever since.

While based in London, The Rocket Man gave the pair full access to his master tapes, allowing them to take parts from classics such as Philadelphia Freedom, Funeral For A Friend, Someone Saved My Life Tonight and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and create new works.

The resulting record Good Morning To The Night, credited to Elton John v Pnau, became his first No.1 album in the UK in 22 years.

The Sydney Entertainment Centre concert on November 16 will also feature The Rocket Man's only solo performance during his Rocket Man 40th anniversary tour.

``In July, I was invited to appear with Pnau at the Ibiza Rocktronic 123 Festival. Although it was an incredibly young audience, I was very surprised and happy to hear them all singing along to Your Song before we had even started playing the dance music,'' John said yesterday.

``That set the tone for entire show and it was an amazing night.

``I am hoping members of the Sydney audience will be equally enthusiastic when they come and see me play Good Morning To The Night with these two very talented Aussies.''

Tickets for the one-off concert go on sale on September 21

- Herald Sun

With his show at Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday 15 November now sold out, Chugg Entertainment has today announced that Sir Elton John will perform a 2nd & final Sydney concert on Friday 16 November at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. It will be the ONLY Elton John SOLO performance on his 2012 Australian tour and will feature the only Elton John VS Pnau performancewhenPnaujoin Elton on stage to do tracks from the recentalbum, Good Morning to the Night. Tickets for this show will go on sale on Friday 21 September at 9am.

This tour coincides with the brilliant success that Elton is currently riding with the release of Good Morning To The Night, a collaborative album with Australian electro-pop duo, Pnau, that rocketed to #1 on the UK Album charts upon its release.

Sir Elton John said “About five years ago when I was on tour in Australia I went to a record store in Sydney where I found the Pnau album. I bought it and fell in love with it, so I got in touch with Nick and Peter from Pnau and met them for coffee the next day. Some time later they left Australia and came to London, and now my company manages them. As soon as they arrived in England we started talking about Pnau doing a remix album using my early material. Basically I gave them free rein to go through all the master tapes and select whatever they wished.”

“Like all these things it’s about waiting for the right combination of circumstances. We didn’t give Pnau any sort of deadline on this project, but this summer seemed like a great time to release the album. And obviously it was, because the album went straight to Number One - my first UK number one album for 22 years!”

“In July I was invited to appear with Pnau at the Ibiza Rocktronic 123 Festival. Although it was an incredibly young audience, I was very surprised and happy to hear them all singing along to ‘Your Song’ before we had even started playing the dance music. That set the tone for entire show and it was an amazing night. I am hoping members of the Sydney audience will be equally enthusiastic when they come and see me play ‘Good Morning To The Night’ with these two very talented Aussies.”

With the release of Good Morning To The Night, comes the second official single from the album - the ironically upbeat and blissfully melodic Sad. Hitting the Top 15 in the UK Airplay Chart on it’s release, Sad includes elements from no less than five different Elton John classics, including the #1 hit, blended with a distinctive genius that can only be described as PNAU. The album’s lead single Good Morning To The Night was handpicked as one of five official songs for the London Olympic Games.

Be sure to join in the celebration of this landmark anniversary.

TICKETS FOR THE 2ND SYDNEY CONCERT AND THE MELBOURNE CONCERT GO ON SALE 9AM, FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

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