Saturday, May 7, 2016

Elton Reflects on First Edinburgh Solo Concert

HE’S known the world over as the Rocket Man, but in June Sir Elton John returns to where it all began – Edinburgh.

The Festival Theatre in Nicolson Street was still called the Empire when Sir Elton first played the Capital in his own right in 1972.

Forty-four years later, he will make a welcome return to play an open-air concert at Meadowbank Stadium – his first live performance in the city for ten years.

Speaking exclusively to the Evening News, Sir Elton reflected: “The concert on June 25 will be my 15th in the remarkable city of Edinburgh, which also happens to be where my long-time guitarist and music director Davey Johnstone is from.”

One of seven concerts in his Wonderful Crazy Night Tour, promoting his new album of the same name, the Meadowbank gig will find the pop icon back in the city where he did his first ever “truly solo show” at the Playhouse in 1976.

“I can remember some wonderful nights in the Edinburgh Playhouse, starting with my first in September 1976, which scared me to death as it was my first solo full concert ever.

“But the audience was so warm and welcoming, as Edinburgh has always been for me, that I came off stage feeling exhilarated. It was a great theatre to perform in.”

However, some years before that, Capital music lovers had already taken the young Elton John to their hearts.

He said: “I have always looked forward to concerts in Edinburgh. I have performed in theatres, football stadiums and even a castle since my first show at the Empire Theatre in 1972.

“And even before that, here’s a little-known fact – in 1967, I filled in for Simon Dupree And The Big Sound’s ailing keyboard player for a spell and we played some shows in Edinburgh.”

Looking ahead to June, Sir Elton added: “I am excited to be doing my first concert at Meadowbank Stadium and will be happy to be in Scotland once again.”

- Edinburgh News

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