Sunday, May 3, 2015

Elton Announces Australian Tour for December

SIR Elton John is set to tour Australia in December, before winding down his live commitments to spend more time with his sons.

Among his Australian gigs will be the final ever show at Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena, where he holds the record for the most gigs, before its demolition.

He will also play his final concert at Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate and has booked shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide for the tour.

The 68-year-old musician said he wanted to scale down his touring commitments after this year’s world jaunt to spend more time with his partner David Furnish and their sons Zachary, 4 and two-year-old Elijah.

“The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family and less time touring,’ he said.

“I am only too aware of just how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly, their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them.

“So this final concert in the Hunter Valley will give me one last chance to say farewell to the people who have been so faithful to me over the decades.”

John has been a regular tourist to Australia since his first tour in 1971 and has played 179 concerts to more than 1.5 million fans over the past four decades.

The setlist will draw extensively from his stellar career which has amassed album sales of more than 250 million and also highlight songs from the seminal 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

His band will again feature his longtime drummer Nigel Olsson, who was with the British singer and songwriter when he first toured here in the 1970s.

He will also bring a stunning 12m wide chandelier created by the late British set designer and architect Mark Fisher, who was renowned for his rock’n’roll spectaculars for Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

“Australia has been one of my favourite countries to tour in ever since my first visit there at the start of my worldwide career in 1971 — it is incredible to think that my drummer on that tour, Nigel Olsson, is still with me today,” he said.

“Some of my most memorable concerts have taken place in venues all across the continent.

“The Australian audiences always seem to bring out the best in us, and I am certain there will be many more fantastic evenings when we visit in December.”

The All The Hits tour opens at the Hope Estate, Hunter Valley on December 5 before heading to the Brisbane Entertainment centre on December 8, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne on December 11, Adelaide Entertainment Centre on December 15 and winding up at the Qantas Credit Union Arena on December 19.

Tickets go on sale from May 11 at 10am.

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