Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Elton Impressed by Wellington Audience

Sir Elton John was "over the moon" with the Wellington crowd, his concert promoter says.

Phil Sprey spoke to the 68 year-old Rocket Man before he jetted off to Hong Kong, with the rocker saying the Wellington crowd was amazing.

"He extended the time he was on stage, he absolutely enjoyed everything. It was an exceptionally good performance last night," Sprey said.

About 30,000 piled into the Cake Tin to hear John play more than 40 years of iconic hits. Crowd favourites like Bennie and the Jets and Candle in the Wind had the stadium on their feet.

It was his tribute to Jonah Lomu that got the loudest applause. Before belting out Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me he shared his admiration for the Kiwi athlete.

"I want to pay tribute to one of the greatest athletes of all time who passed away this week under tragic circumstances. Loved around the world. Superstar is an over used word, this man was a giant. He will be so sadly missed.

"I am so glad I lived when he was playing rugby. He was simply out of this world," he said.

Sprey said Elton talked about dedicating a song to Lomu before he went on stage.

"He asked beforehand and we talked about it. Elton loves his cricket and football, but he keeps a track on all sport. He really wanted to do that during the show." he said.

Westpac stadium boss Shane Harmon said the night went off without a hitch.

"It was fabulous to have a big concert back in the stadium. Elton John put on a good show. Everyone was really pleased with his performance. It was just a fantastic concert and we'll be doing it all again with ACDC in three weeks," he said.

Emergency services said there were no problems at all, with zero arrests made and no hospitalisations needed.

Sir Elton John has passed his best wishes onto the man who had a heart attack at his Wellington concert.

On Saturday a man went into cardiac arrest in the Westpac Stadium car park.

According to Sir Elton John's New Zealand Concert promoters the man made a "great recovery" thanks to the assistance of other audience members and the Wellington Free Ambulance staff on site.

"Sir Elton and his management are now aware of the event and wish him well," said the promotions company spokesman.

- Stuff/ NZ Herald

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