Saturday, May 31, 2008
Elton and the band will play the following 3 Canadian cities:
12-Sep-2008 Calgary, Canada Pengrowth Saddledome
13-Sep-2008 Edmonton, Canada Rexall Place
19-Sep-2008 Winipeg, Canada MTS Centre
They have also announced a one-off show for New England:
14-Nov-2008 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
The Red Piano Europe Tour will also stop by at the O2 Arena in London for an encore performance:
13-Dec-2008 London, UK O2 Arena
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Elton John has been offered $5.2m to perform an hour-long gig for a Russian businesswoman.
The ‘Rocket Man’ hitmaker, 61, would earn $1522 a second if he agrees to sing at the launch of the tycoon’s plush Moscow hotel.
A source said: “Initially Elton turned her down because he’s so busy.
“But when the offer crossed the $4million barrier it was too much to refuse, even for someone of his means. And let’s be honest, $5.2million buys a hell of a lot of flowers.
“He’s on the verge of saying yes.”
Elton, who was paid $3m or a private gig in 2001, would be flown to the autumn launch by private jet.
A team of security guards would escort him to the hotel in the posh Rublyovka district
He would play classics, thought likely to include Daniel and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, before jetting back home.
He’s not he only music mega star to receive such a large fee for a single performance. In 2006, George Michael was paid $3m by a Russian billionaire for performing at a New Year’s Eve event; and aging rockers The Rolling Stones were paid $7m for a one-hour gig at a Texas tycoon’s 60th birthday bash in 2002.
Elton’s fee would be the record paid for a single artist for a gig.
His rep declined to comment
ROCKET Man Sir Elton John made his first concert in the Northern Territory a "Knight'' to remember.
A Knight Under the Stars saw a crowd of more than 14,000 -- the biggest in the Territory's history -- converge on TIO Stadium.
When he played Crocodile Rock near the end of the show the crowd went into frenzy and were not only singing along but many were dancing in the aisles.
The prolific rocker made a dramatic entrance to music by his ensemble band, while wearing his trademark Rocket Man tails, a ruffled red silk shirt, black pants with a red stripe, black and red patent leather platforms and his silver cross.
"Good evening Darwin,'' Sir Elton said. "We're extremely happy to be here.
"It's only taken 38 years to get here, but we've made it.''
The showman sat on the edge of his grand piano during an instrumental shortly after his arrival.
The 61-year-old rocker's first song Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding sent shockwaves through the crowd.
Sir Elton took to the stage at 8pm, after the crowd was warmed by Elcho Island singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Eran James.
Before Sir Elton played concert promoter Michael Chugg said the support of the Darwin community, business and government was great.
"I have got to say it is great to see so many people who are as excited as I am,'' he said.
"I want to thank Nick Paspaley and his family for helping us out.
"And our media partner the Northern Territory News -- isn't it great to pick up the paper every day and see a photo of Sir Elton?''
Chief Minister Paul Henderson said he hoped the show goes towards securing other international acts.
"What an absolutely wonderful evening this is going to be,'' he said. "Elton is here because of you guys.''
Larrakia Aboriginal woman Ali Mills welcomed Sir Elton to Darwin with an impromptu song and dance for which the audience had to participate.
Sir Elton played many of his hits from his almost 40-year career for 2 hours.
He finished his much anticipated Territory concert with encore performances of Don't Let The Sun Go Down On You and Your Song.
"Thank you, we had a blast,'' he said.
"I hope to come back soon.''
Elton was on excellent form. He played non-stop for 2 and a half hours and used all his energy to get the crowd on their feet. Although he didn't say much he made up for it with superb piano work and a very strong voice.
This show saw a larger tan usual amount of lighting on the stage, which provided a fabulous buzz during songs like Funeral for a friend.
Given that the bulk of the audience had not heard most of these songs before, there was a lot riding on Elton's performance, and from the crowd's reactions he certainly did pull it off.
Elton only signed a handful of autographs at this show, due to the high stage. His set-list remained the same as Auckland and Perth.
The band was in a very jovial mood, with Nigel and John fighting for who would get the loudest applause during their introductions. Davey and Bob were very happy and made silly expressions towards fans in the crowd. Elton himself blew kisses and smiles to fans who sang along with him. Immediately after the concert Elton's jet flew overhead, heading towards Hong Kong.
The People of Northern Territory, saw a once-in-a-lifetime concert, which will be extremely difficult to match.
Friday, May 16, 2008
ANOTHER 1000 Territorians will be able to enjoy A Knight Under the Stars with Elton John tomorrow following the release of tickets yesterday.
Concert promoter Michael Chugg announced the new round of tickets while overseeing the construction completion of the 30m tall and 24m wide stage.
"We have just released 1000 general admission tickets on the grass for $75,'' he said.
"They are available right now and will be available at the door.''
More than 13,500 tickets have already been sold -- although organisers were hoping for 15,000.
The legendary promoter has staged Australia's biggest shows over his 45-year career.
He said he was rapt by the NT's support for the show.
"The community has got behind this,'' he said.
"This is how these things work when you are out in the middle of nowhere.
"Everything you see here comes from down south and it is a very expensive exercise.
"We could not have done (it) without the support of the NT Government, Paspaley and all the media.''
Mr Chugg said the number of tickets sold was positive.
"It indicates people are really keen on seeing great entertainment,'' he said.
"It also indicates that as the rest of the country and the rest of the Western world has gone, more and more people and a wider demographic are getting into music.
"You will see people here between the ages of 15 to 70.
"A lot of young people who have grown up listening to their parents playing Elton John will be coming.''
Sir Elton John will be playing his one-night-only concert at TIO Stadium tomorrow.
The show will be supported by Elcho Island singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Eran James.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
SIR ELTON JOHN will be the icing on a very big cake at NELSON MANDELA’S 90th birthday concert in London this summer.
I'm sorry to be a party pooper but I can exclusively reveal the singing legend will be the surprise guest at former South African president’s celebrations on June 27.
The event is being set up by Mandela's 46664 campaign against Aids team – however Elt wanted to keep schtum as he is afraid it will take away the focus from his own Aids Foundation.
An insider said: “Elton is a British legend and we are thrilled to have him join an already exceptional line-up.
“He didn’t want to be mentioned on the press release or on any announcements as he wanted to be a total surprise.
“He also doesn’t want to his priorities to clash with his own Aids Foundation charity.
“We don’t know why he’s being so silly as of course it won’t.”
The source added: “Elton will pop up on stage at some point during the day and sing a few songs. He will then duet with a younger artist.
“This hasn’t been confirmed yet however we believe it will be DUFFY or EMINEM.”
“It’s going to be brilliant. Nelson has no idea Elton is going to be there.”
I’m afraid he will now.
Rocket Man Elton will be joined at Hyde Park by AMY WINEHOUSE, QUEEN, BONO, RAZORLIGHT, KEANE, SUGABABES and JAMELIA.
Princes WILLIAM and HARRY, ex-US president BILL CLINTON and wife HILLARY and ROBERT De NIRO are all expected to be in the crowd.
Tickets start from £65 and are available from Ticketmaster.com now.
Elton John has had a career spanning nearly 40 years, and just as many greatest hits. The most impressive thing is that most of these songs were composed by him.
Last night was the third time in 18 months that Elton has performed in New Zealand, and with a set of more than 20 songs and nearly three hours of music he did not disappoint.
"It's always a long way to come ... but every time it's worth it," he said, genuinely.
And it would seem the feeling is mutual.
The entire arena gave him a standing ovation when he walked in, before he launched into the jazzed-up Funeral for a Friend, The Bitch is Back and the more mellow Madman Across the Water.
The warm and appreciative crowd covered all ages.
His six-piece band included two drum kits, tambourines, glockenspiel, mandolin and a banjo.
Their expansive set covered all of Elton's biggest singles, including Tiny Dancer, which got the crowd swaying and the glow-sticks out, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Daniel, Rocket Man, That's Why They Call it the Blues, Honky Cat, Bennie and the Jets and Candle in the Wind.
The music ranged from the old-style rock of Crocodile Rock to the more melancholic tune, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.
Elton said his favourite song, which is also autobiographical, is Somebody Saved My Life Tonight from the Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album.
The spectacle was complete with gliding and sometimes furious piano solos. Elton's fingers were doing some incredible finger work which showed off his technical skills.
The maestro wore his trademark rose-tinted glasses and a long black embroidered jacket with a heart and the word "love" on the sleeve.
On the back was a gun shooting out flowers.
What is surprising is that Elton's speaking voice is soft, yet he belts out his songs with such a deep, rich sound that doesn't seem to match.
His face conveys so much concentration as he plays, and like a true professional he performs with all the passion as you could ask for.
The penultimate tune was Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, followed by the finale Your Song, which he dedicated to the audience.
Perhaps he should have dedicated it to himself as well.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The bitch is back - and back with a bang to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the best entertainment Arenas in Australia, The Sydney Entertainment Centre.
After a mammoth set, including all the hits, Sir Elton John was presented with a plaque when he played his record breaking 41st show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday night (May 12). Elton was presented with a plaque during his encore, by his long time supporting Aussie Promoter, Michael Chugg and Venue CEO, Kevin Jacobsen. Elton also stopped his show for a length of time to sign authographs for several rows of fans who more than likely pissed off those who paid the huge bucks to sit up front by bum rushing the stage.
Atendees of the pre show party were treated to a pink swath of Elton-fab-u-lous-ness, with over 120 special guests partying before the big performance.
The show not only celebrated the anniversary of the venue, but also the 41st time Elton had performed at the venue, making it his third most - behind Madisson Square Garden (#1) and Ceasars Palace (#2).
Following is the complete set list of the Sydney show on May 12, 2008.
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
The Bitch Is Back
Take Me To The Pilot
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Someone Save My Life Tonight
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Electricity (Special Solo version)
Candle In The Wind
STAGE RUSH FOR AUTOGRAPHS
Bennie And The Jets
I'm Still Standing
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Elton was in excellent form making lots of eye contact and expressions to the audience. He is truly an amazing 61 year old.
The set list was a selection of greatest hits, with a sprinkling of Believe, Sacrifice and Electricity. Electricity was a one-off dedication for the Billy Eliot cast.
The band was in a very upbeat mood, and sounded very good. The large contingent of Rocket fans made the concert very exciting and Elton signed and everything that was handed to him.
Elton mentioned he plans to return again soon, so we will be waiting with anticipation.
Elton and the Band play Auckland, Darwin and Hong Kong next.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
DARK clouds loomed, ominous in the background and occasional lightening flashes lit up the sky behind the crowd.
It was the perfect backdrop for a little music magic as the self professed wizard of pop, Sir Elton John appeared on stage decked out in a suit and tails adorned with musical notes, owls and a caricature wizard version of himself. As he turned to take his seat his agenda became quite clear. The words "Music Magic" were emblazoned on his back. He was here to conjure something special and even the threat of a thunderstorm wasn't going to stop this legendary entertainer.
John was here to make it up to Perth fans who missed out on seeing his The Rocket Man Solo Tour: A Knight Under the Stars when it toured Australia last year. The Rocket Man wasn't going to leave us waiting a long, long time, kicking off the show bang on time.
The singer, who looked dwarfed on his stage and as if he were drowning in his baggy black suit was greeted with a standing ovation from the 15,000 strong crowd. The enigmatic star smiled and nodded, accepting the adulation with humility.
Regular show starter Funeral For a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding) was followed by The Bitch Is Back. Not a drop of rain had fallen and we were beginning to think John's ability to create magic extended beyond his musical abilities. But by the fourth song Tiny Dancer the heavens opened. Still the crowd came prepared, whipping out their ponchos and raincoats and barely missing a beat as they sang along to the 1972 hit.
The rain certainly didn't dampen John's spirits as he continued on with Levon.
At the end of songs the singer would get up from his piano stool and come forward to mouth "thank you" to the crowd. He would return to his stool, adjusting his tails each time he sat back down. If he was feeling particularly amped, he would hop on top of his piano stool and clasp his hands, victory style. While words to the audience were few and far between, this comical little routine proved more endearing than any cliched speech torn from the pop star handbook.
Musically John gave the crowd exactly what they wanted and you couldn't ask for a better setlist. After 1995 hit Believe, the singer took us on a spectacular stroll through the 70s with Take Me to the Pilot from 1970, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Daniel from '73 and Rocket Man and Honky Cat from '72.
The distinctive '80s synth sound of 1989 hit Sacrifice made it clear we were heading into another era. But it wasn't long before we were back in 1975 as John bellowed out the entrancing Someone Saved My Life Tonight from the album "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy".
John's piano playing was astounding, all the more so when the cameras honed in on his stumpy little fingers. You can imagine that somewhere in his past a fussy piano teacher would have insisted he could never play with "those fingers". Sir Elton's vocals were also outstanding especially on Daniel. Likewise his stellar five-piece band including Tom Petty look alike Davey Johnstone and John's original drummer Nigel Olsson, put in amazing performances. Olsson in particular proved himself to be quite the showman. Decked out in sunflower shirt he brought plenty of whimsical charm to the evening as he hammed it up for the cameras.
And the hits just kept coming. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word and Candle In The Wind. From up-tempo tunes to classic torch songs, John had it covered.
1976 classic Pinball Wizard had the crowd at the front of the stage on their feet, creating the closest thing you would come to seeing a mosh pit at an Elton John concert. They stayed on their feet for the remainder of the show bopping along to Bennie and the Jets, Philadelphia Freedom and I'm Still Standing.
There were cheers aplenty as the opening chords of Crocodile Rock reverberated around the stadium. With a snap happy croc depicted on the light screen behind him, John slid off his piano stool to lead the crowd in a "la la la la la" singalong. It was like a bad night at karaoke, but John was lapping it up.
The first set finished with another 70s favourite Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting).
Fans were on their feet, sodden ponchos abandoned at their feet for the encore. John appeared and signed memorabilia for fans at the front of the stage before performing a passionate rendition of Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me. After promising to be back "in a couple of years" he dedicated Your Song to the masses who faithfully sung back: "how wonderful life is when you're in the world."
And it's true, after all, what would the world be without a little music magic.
FULL SET LIST:
Funeral For A Friend
Love Lies Bleeding
The Bitch Is Back
Take Me To The Pilot
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Someone Save My Life Tonight
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Candle In The Wind
Bennie And The Jets
I'm Still Standing
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The coronation of Tonga's King George Tupou V later this year is expected to cost the country more than $4 million.
Details of the July coronation are due to be announced today by the Palace Office in Nuku'alofa, but the Dominion Post reported leaks revealed the big bash was to have a celebrity guest list including Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger.
The newspaper said it would also feature three balls: one for "very very important people", another for "very important people" and another for the rest who did not make the cut.
London tailors had designed the king's robes and a new sceptre in gold had been cast for the occasion.
The king had reportedly given exclusive broadcasting rights to the BBC.
The king, who turned 60 last Sunday, assumed the title in September 2006 on the death in Auckland of his father, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. Riots broke out five weeks later with the commercial businesses owned by the current king targeted.
The Tongan Government delayed plans to hold the coronation last year, fearing public reaction to the extravagance.
The newspaper said no official budget has been released, but Tongan Government sources said they expected it to run between $T5 million to $T6 million ($4 million).
Other sources told the newspaper the cost could climb to $T10 million.
No New Zealand aid money is expected to be spent. New Zealand aid to Tonga for the current financial year is worth $11.5 million.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Soul, country-folk and the didgeridoo will comprise just some of the styles that will open for legendary pop superstar Elton John on his three-concert tour of Australia this month – playing Perth, Sydney and, for the first time in history, Darwin.
When Sir Elton kicks off the first concert of his tour in Perth on May 10, Broome-based country folk/rock band the Pigram Brothers will open, whilst Aussie soul sensation, Eran James (who supported Elton by special request last year), again graces the pop superstar’s stage for all three concerts, including the prestigious 25 year celebrations at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on May 12.
Then, when the Rocket Man lands on May 17 in Darwin, Eran James will start the TIO Stadium’s open-air concert, followed by blind aboriginal multi-instrumentalist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, also called Gudjuk, who will perform songs from his Gumatj country, one of the First Nations of North East Arnhemland, and mostly in his Yolngu tongue.
Hailed by the Sydney Morning Herald as “the greatest voice this continent has ever recorded”, Gudjuk sings with the voice of an angel of his love of country, being born blind, the death of his father and creation stories of his Yolngu people.
Elton John’s interest and support of new and eclectic artists is legendary – he gave a leg up to Australia’s Catherine Britt who scored a Nashville signing after he made a couple of calls; was the butt of 2001’s mad media storm when he performed a duet with then break-through controversial rapper Eminem at the Grammys; and cited “25-year-old bohemian, sharp, witty and brilliant songwriter”, Ryan Adams and his Heartbreaker album as the inspiration for his 2001 Songs From the West Coast. Elton thanked Adams on the album’s liner notes “for making me do better” and told MTV, “I also like Macy Gray and Mary J. Blige. These people are very inspiring to me. They are young, very talented, and they give me a kick of new life. I've made 40 albums. It's nice to listen to new things."
And it’s new things Elton is promised to hear on this tour: from the saltwater-lifestyle, earthy harmonies of the seven-piece indigenous Pigram Brothers (yes, all seven are brothers), to the elegant soul of teenager Eran James, and the beautiful singing voice, and songs, of Gudjuk.
With Elton’s ear, and influence, genuinely tuned to new and exciting talent, could Australia be the next frontier in scouting new international megastars at the grand master’s hand?
Certainly it’s a distinct possibility for the “I can’t believe he’s white” Eran James. The 19 year old, Melbourne-born, prodigy has been signing since he was eight and signed his first record deal with Universal Music when he was just 13. They say he’s the business, the real deal, and already he’s worked with the same big fish as Craig David, Christina Aguilera, Brandy and Norah Jones.
His debut album Reviewing The Situation was released in 2004 and his sophomore album Ten Songs About Love came out in October last year, just before he hit the road with Elton the first time.
Elton is a fan and the return of James for the multi Grammy winning legend’s three 2008 concerts is a testament to the young talent’s substance.
From the pearling town of Broome, the bright lights of the big city might not be as enticing to the Pigram Brothers who have already shied away from beckoning international stardom.
Their original music has an enormous affinity with the visually spectacular Broome and Kimberley landscapes and captures their Saltwater Spirit and Country. Pigram Brothers songs have become Broome hometown anthems and their CDs are rated one of Broome’s most popular souvenirs.
Despite winning numerous Awards, being featured on national radio and TV programs and being tempted with international Festival spots, the Pigram Brothers will tour only occasionally and prefer to stay at home, be with family, go fishing and stay connected to their country.
They reckon that Broome is a tourist hot-spot and with the several hundred thousand who visit each year, they play some of their biggest gigs and get considerable exposure staying home.
Probably not too dissimilar for the intensely shy and blind from birth, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, a former member of Yothu Yindi, he’s an old hat at the star-turn, has toured the world and played for the Queen. Constant touring tired him and he likes living on Elcho Island, his birthplace, 500 km east of Darwin.
The 37-year-old’s February-released debut album Gurrumul is already a rare phenomenon, breaking into the mainstream; it knocked the John Butler Trio out of the number one spot on iTunes Roots music chart and hit number five on the mainstream iTunes chart in early April.
The Sydney Morning Herald called Gudjuk’s voice “a gift from the gods”. His music has no political agenda; he just wants to tell stories.
And it’s stories that will be told from any of these superb Australian artists performing on the same stage as Sir Elton when he tours this month.
Whether the story is of a great concert given by great artists on a shared great line-up or whether bigger things turn for any one, or all, of them at the hand of Elton, doesn’t matter in the long run.
In the short run, for Australian audiences it’s all good news. Great music, by great artists and you can only see it here – in Perth, Sydney or Darwin.
Australia has just held it's first Lunch Around The World in Melbourne, Australia on May 3, 2008.
Erol Ibrahim, has written a wonderful synopsis on the event:
And what a success it was, an absolutly wonderful time we all had there was memrobilia, Elton doll's, dvd's, cd's, clothing, stickers, wallets, and posters and many other items. We had auctions and raffles and trivia quizzes.
We had lots of music, pictures and fond memories of Elton and past shows and much discussions on up coming shows, and huge thank you to "Ian Molly Meldrum" for the lovely words he gave us, and for people who do not know "Molly" he is a very close freind of Elton's and we look forward to catching up with him in Sydney on the 12th May.
Last but not least all of the forum members/fans who participate in the night with out there help we wouldn't have raised more than a $1000 what an effort for our first event. Sydney we are coming to get you and hopefully you all can dig deep and help add to this figure!!
Keep a watchful eye Australia as this Lunch Around The World is about to become very big, with supporters from all over the place wishing to come on board, we wil keep you all informed, by the way you will see more information about our event and pictures in the coming weeks on the eltonjohn.com website.
More official press photo's and a personal review will follow soon.
Young cancer patients and their families will take time out with pop legend Sir Elton John after they were offered free tickets to his Auckland concert.
Sir Elton will perform at the Vector Arena on May 14.
Concert promoters offered the Child Cancer Foundation 100 tickets for young patients and their families.
Foundation spokesman, Russell Crackett said parents needed time out.
"It basically gives them the chance to lock out the outside world for a couple of hours and just switch off from the crap they have got to deal with and put themselves in a special sort place, forget the world and have a bit of fun."
Mr Crackett said it was not known whether Sir Elton would be told of the cancer patients or if he would acknowledge their presence.
It has also been stated that a limited amount of filler tickets will be offered to the public at NZD $150 to assist with low ticket sales.
Sullivan Arena management announced late this afternoon that Elton John has confirmed he will play a second show in Anchorage, on Friday, May 30.
His first show, scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, sold out in a record 58 minutes, according to SMG of Alaska, which manages events at the arena.
"Thanks to the overwhelming response from the Anchorage community for Elton John's Wednesday concert, we are thrilled to announce a second performance set for Friday, May 30. Sir Elton established all time Sullivan Arena ticket sales records," said Joe Wooden, SMG regional general manager.
Tickets for the second show will go on sale next Monday, May 12, at 10 a.m. and may be purchased through Ticketmaster, its outlets or at the Sullivan Arena box office.
They also may be purchased online.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Elton John mania stormed into Anchorage this morning and the British pop star's concert sold out in about 58 minutes, according to promoters.
Sir Elton will be playing at Sullivan Arena on Wednesday, May 28. Anyone interested in going that was not either waiting in line this morning or attempting to purchase them online will have to resort to other means, though, such as Craigslist, eBay or other auction sites.
It's unclear yet exactly how many tickets were made available by SMG of Alaska, the company that manages Sullivan Arena events, although the venue can hold about 8,600 people "at capacity."
SMG managers claimed they were trying to secure a second Elton John show but that nothing was certain. One spokesperson indicated that the public should expect an announcement on a possible second concert sometime later this week.
Concert promoters were hastily attempting to get everyone's name who had waited in line but did not receive a ticket. A "backup list" was created by SMG management that included people who waited in line but did not receive a ticket.
Anyone on the list may get priority if a second show is scheduled.
Some complained about technical difficulties accessing online ticket sales but SMG officials said they knew of none. Long waits were simply due to the immense amount of interest and Internet traffic.
SMG claims the Elton John concert shattered the most recent record-breaking concert at Sullivan Arena, which featured Neil Diamond, in 1999.
The May 29 Elton John concert in Fairbanks broke existing records for ticket sales in Alaska, selling out in a little more than three hours.
Sir Elton John was the star attraction at the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl as it closed for the season over at the weekend, the latest big name to be enlisted to draw crowds to the slopes.
It was an unusual setting for an Elton John concert.
The pop veteran's piano had to be taken up the mountain to an altitude of 2,320 metres by cable car - and only just fitted in with centimetres to spare.
He gave a two-hour free show in front of the white peaks, the latest big name to take to the slopes after a steady growth at rock concerts in ski resorts.
Since Sir Elton first played in Ischgl back in 1995, the resort has hosted Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tina Turner, Bon Jovi, the Scissor Sisters and the Stereophonics.
The Swiss resort of Crans Montana hosts the three-day Caprice Festival, where Joss Stone, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed have performed.And Verbier hosts a week-long classical music concert in the summer.
At this show, Sir Elton rattled through hits like Rocket Man, Daniel, Pinball Wizard, Bennie and The Jets, Crocodile Rock and Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.
Despite being in a ski resort, Sir Elton admitted he had never skied or snowboarded.
"I would love to as it looks fun, but my insurance won't allow me to in case I beak an arm or something," he said before the show.
"I'd also love to have a go on a four-man bobsleigh - but again my insurers won't let me."
Concerts like this are primarily a marketing ploy for the ski resorts, and they appear to be successful.
"It was a bit of a gamble to begin with and a large investment for the resort but it has really paid off," says Lynsey Devon, a spokeswoman for tour operator Inghams."It has really put the resort on the map and brought an increasing number of skiers in."
Getting performers like Sir Elton does not come cheap, and although the concert in Ischgl was free for us skiers, it was not for the resort. It is thought Sir Elton commanded a fee of around £500,000 for his set.
They also had to meet a 60-page list of "personal requirements".
Sir Elton specified that he must have Persian rugs and large non-leather sofas to relax on before and after the show.
He wanted palm trees over two metres tall as well as a range of flowers, specifying there should not be a lily in sight.
But 13 years ago, Ischgl decided to put its entire advertising and marketing budget into staging two massive concerts a year, and the ploy appears to be paying off.
It is also part of a strategy for resorts to offer more than just skiing to attract a wider client base. In part, this is fuelled by worries about global warming and the prospects that there will not be as much snow in the future.
This season has been a bumper one, though, and as the resort closes for the season there is still plenty of snow on the slopes.
For the 25,000 skiers at the afternoon concert Sir Elton was a bonus to the skiing. As he rounded off his set with two encores, he held his arms outstretched.
"Thank you very much Ischgl. We've had a blast!" he said.
With that, the Rocket Man jumped into his helicopter to be whisked to nearby Innsbruck airport and then straight back to England.
And thousands of fans put their skis on and went to hit the slopes, making the last few runs before Ischgl closed for the winter.
The resort pronounced Sir Elton's concert a huge triumph and that another major international act would play next year.
Judging by its success, more resorts may follow suit and concerts on ski slopes could become more common.