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The rocket man wows with hits and glitz

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Stephanie Anderson

Elton John performs at Canberra Stadium, Bruce.

Elton John performs at Canberra Stadium, Bruce. Photo: Melissa Adams

There's nothing understated about Elton John, and his performance at Canberra Stadium on Wednesday was no exception.

Taking the stage in a sequined blue suit emblazoned with the word ''fantastic'', the 65-year-old singer took fans through a number of favourites including Benny and the Jets, Tiny Dancer and Believe.

Accompanied by his band and occasionally the crowd, Sir Elton sang and joked with the audience.

Elton John performs. Click for more photos

Sir Elton John rocks Canberra

Sir Elton John performing at Canberra Stadium on Wednesday, November 14. Photo: Melissa Adams

''Last time I was here, you had more rain than you had for the last 45 years,'' he said. He also spoke about playing to the 80,000 strong crowd in New York following 9/11.

''None of us who played there will ever forget it,'' he said.

Fans gathered from as far as Western Australia and Queensland to listen to the legendary musician as he celebrated the 40-year anniversary of his single Rocket Man.

Concert-goers also took the opportunity to get in costume. Among the expected 12,000 audience members were numerous fans adorned in sequined jackets, glittery glasses and multicoloured tuxedoes.

Wednesday's performance also included guest acts, including a cello duo who kicked off with crowd-pleasing covers of Michael Jackson, Nirvana and AC/DC.

The tour continues in Sydney on Thursday and Friday before heading to Launceston next week.

8 comments

  • How much money did you silly people pay to see a strange man play a piano and sing.
    I trust he did not mime as he did on X-Factor this week.
    Oh, I think this comment is going to hurt.

    Commenter
    COOL OLD DOG
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    November 15, 2012, 9:06AM
    • So Cool Old Dog, you are a fan of X-Factor. You obviously prefer over produced teeny boppers to a band that has filled stadiums all over the world for 40 years. Who are you going for in the show, the one with a great sob story and no talent, or the one that has no talent but looks good on camera?

      Commenter
      Hmmm
      Date and time
      November 15, 2012, 10:29AM
  • I'm sure the show was great but why do the cops feel it is necessary to take these opportunities to book everyone that has trouble finding a parking spot..?

    Commenter
    Luke
    Date and time
    November 15, 2012, 9:15AM
    • What a crystal clear demonstration of Government and bureaucracy (ACT policing) gouging the good citizens of Canberra and district. I think that if your vehicle is obstructing traffic, a safety hazard then it should be towed and fines! However in these cases the vast majority were not. i was not fined but the numbers that were, were staggering! I saw none that posed a risk to pedestrians, traffic or entry and exit ways.

      Just another revenue raising antic from this just elected pathetic labor government......

      Very poor form from the ACT!

      Commenter
      Hammer
      Location
      ACT
      Date and time
      November 15, 2012, 11:44AM
  • It was a great concert. Elton didn't let up for well over 2 hours, only having a break to sign autographs for those lucky enough to be at the front of the stage. Fantastic to see Matt Bissonette on bass who's toned things down a bit since he was here in 1988 playing with David Lee Roth's megaband.

    Commenter
    farnarkler
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    November 15, 2012, 9:44AM
    • Great show. A bit more shoulder room in the temporary seating would've been nice.

      Commenter
      Priapist
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      November 15, 2012, 10:12AM
      • Dear Hmmm, my idea of a great show is the Beach Boys live in the Hunter Valley, oh and I agree with you about over produced teeny boppers.

        Commenter
        COOL OLD DOG
        Location
        ACT
        Date and time
        November 15, 2012, 10:52AM
        • Performances Great! You are a LEGEND ELTON.Traffic organisation exceptional (in and out in 10 minutes!)! Seats and venue fantastic. Crowd wonderful! BUT why did the security guards remove WATER bottle tops (the explanation was that this reduced the possibility of it being used as a missile!) when one could buy bottles of water or soft drink inside the venue which included tops? VERY annoying! Great concert.

          Commenter
          Provo
          Date and time
          November 15, 2012, 7:36PM
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