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  • ELTON JOHN & band
    Cape Town
    (Sud Africa) - 
    Sahara Park Newlands  13 gennaio 2008

Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

The Bitch Is Back

Madman Across The Water

Tiny Dancer



Take Me To The Pilot

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road


Rocket Man

Honky Cat


Someone Saved My Life Tonight

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Candle In The Wind

Circle Of Life

Benny And The Jets

Philadelphia Freedom

Sad Songs (Say So Much)

I'm Still Standing

Crockodile Rock

Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Your Song

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©  Michela Walzl 2008



94.5 Kfm presents Elton John live. This Superstar will be in Cape Town for the first time ever thanks to 94.5 Kfm!

He will be performing live at Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town, on Sunday the 13th January 2008!


BIG Concerts, 94.5 Kfm, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and East Coast Radio are delighted to announce that legendary singer, songwriter and entertainer, Elton John, has confirmed dates for his first South African tour. The critically acclaimed superstar will be kicking off in Cape Town in January 2008, before he and his band move on to Durban’s ABSA Stadium on the 16th and finally Johannesburg’s Coca-Cola Dome on the 18th. "Elton John is timeless and a core artist for both 94.7 and 94.5. He has topped our charts over the years with a string of No.1 hits, and we are proud to be associated with his upcoming SA tour" commented Dex de Bruin, Marketing Manager for the Primedia Broadcasting Group.

Naveen Singh, East Coast Radio’s Programming Manager, added "Elton John is a much-loved artist and we are excited to present a star of such magnitude for the first time on the East Coast." A legend in his lifetime, a great humanitarian, a multiple Grammy winner, a flamboyant superstar and a hero of our times, Sir Elton John is the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of his generation. His current shows, including a run at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, have already grossed over $60 million in ticket sales, and have received rave reviews. The show reflects his peerless musicianship, and audiences are treated to his phenomenal back catalogue of hits such as “Rocket Man”, “Candle In The Wind”, "Your Song", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "Crocodile Rock", "The Bitch is Back ", "I'm Still Standing", "Saturday Night”, "Bennie & The Jets" and "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word"

Celebrating over 40 years of touring, Elton’s musical life is marked by a startling resilience, openness and refusal to let his talent simmer. Don’t miss the chance to see Elton John and his band, LIVE in SA!


da SouthAfrica.com

Elton John Touring South Africa in 2008

Elton John has the reputation for being a great humanitarian and is one of the most successful musicians of his generation with a career spanning some forty years, during which time he has been the winner of five Grammy Awards and one Academy Award. South African fans are thrilled that Elton John will be performing in South Africa in January 2008. His first performance in South Africa will be in Cape Town on 13 January, followed by a concert in Durban on 16 January and two concerts in Johannesburg on 18 and 19 January 2008.

Although this is the first time Elton John and his band will be performing in South Africa, it is not his first visit to this country. On Wednesday 12 January 2005, he officially opened the Elton John Masibambisane Centre in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg. The building of this centre, that runs life skills projects for abused, neglected and orphaned children, was funded through the Elton John Aids Foundation. During his visit to South Africa he hosted a charity dinner in Cape Town, where approximately R7-million was raised for the fight against HIV/Aids. The Elton John Masibambisane Centre works closely with the local community, clinics and schools to assist children in need. There are counselors who visit families in their homes to assist the entire family to deal with the devastating effects of HIV/Aids on families. He also visited a number of projects in KwaZulu Natal that receive support from the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Sir Elton Hercules John was born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947. After leaving school, Elton John immediately started to make his mark in the music world, forming his first band, Bluesology, in 1961. He took his stage name from the Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and frontman, Long John Baldry. Elton John met Bernie Taupin in 1967, starting a songwriting relationship which proved to be very successful. Elton John’s first album with the hit “Your Song” put him in the international spotlight in 1970 and from that time until 1976, the duo produced fourteen albums including “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” which featured “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – a song that has become a classic. This was just the beginning of a very successful career that has had many highlights including being knighted for his significant contribution to the music industry and his humanitarian acts.

There is no doubt that Elton John has consistently produced quality music throughout his career and he continues to be a dominant and influential force in popular music. Fans have been singing along to Elton John’s timeless hits for years and are looking forward to the whole experience of a live concert by this popular musician when he visits the cities of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in sunny South Africa.

da www.livenews.com.au

Elton John set to rock South Africa

. As ageing British pop star Elton John prepares for the start of what has been billed his first tour of South Africa at the weekend, locals were recalling his real first in front of South African audiences at the height of apartheid 25 years ago.

John's tour kicks off in Cape Town on Sunday before moving to the port city of Durban on the 16th and winding up in Johannesburg on the 18th.

"Don't miss the chance to see Elton John and his band, LIVE in SA," a press release issued by the concert promoter Big Concerts urged, presenting the tour as a first.

But thousands of South Africans have already hopped and bopped to Sir Elton's Crocodile Rock, packing out a series of his concerts at the infamous Sun City casino complex north-west of Johannesburg in October 1983.

John's appearance at Sun City came at a time of growing mass resistance to apartheid in South Africa following the establishment of the United Democratic Movement, a non-racial coalition of civic, church, student, worker and other groups.

While the UDM and the African National Congress were trying to topple the racist system Sun City's brazen boss Sol Kerzner was trying the break the cultural boycott of South Africa by attracting
top acts to his hilltop resort.

If Elton John can claim today he never played in South Africa it's because Sun City back then was located in Bophuthatswana - one of the
nominally independent, overcrowded "homelands" where the apartheid state dumped millions of blacks.

Yet to play Sun City, dubbed Sin City by whites who travelled there to gamble and ogle topless dancers (pleasures denied them in puritanical South Africa) was to recognise the puppet "homelands" in a way the international community never did.

"Bop was a joke," says art critic Diane de Beer, who attended several concerts at Sun City during the 1980s. "It was right in the middle of South Africa. If anyone looked at a map they would have known."

Musicians like Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Queen who chose to play along with the Bop farce did so, according to de Beer and fellow critic Peter Feldman, because they were paid top dollar to perform there.

"They used to say 'We're doing it for our fans, we're not politicians' but the truth is they didn't care. They were being paid millions to perform there," says Feldman, who interviewed Elton John and Queen, among others, for Johannesburg's Star newspaper.

For South African pop fans the arrival of big international acts was like manna from heaven.

"When Sol Kerzner starting bringing in those top guys it was huge. People here were so hungry (for contact with the outside world)," de Beer recalls.

Sinatra was the first big performer to appear in Sun City's Superbowl in 1981. Elton John's mind was made up after he was flown out to the resort in July 1983 to surprise his buddy Rod Stewart

"He was blown away by the place. He had a really good time," according to Hazel Feldman, Sun City's former entertainment director.

While Feldman cannot remember exactly how many shows he performed that October - between eight and 10 - she's adamant the tickets - more than 50,000 in total - sold out.

Throughout the 1980s headline acts, including British rock group Queen and Canadian-born crooner Paul Anka, flocked to Sun City.

Their complicity, unwitting or otherwise, in the apartheid system so outraged one group of artists calling themselves Artists United
Against Apartheid they recorded the hit single Sun City in 1985, vowing never to play there.

Elton John did return to Sun City in 1993, performing an outdoor concert remembered by critics for his irritation at being swarmed by
insects and an abrupt interruption of the show.

"It's very easy for people to look back now and criticise (Sun City performers)," says Feldman. "It was a time and place in South Africa."

On his last visit to South Africa in 2005 the 60-year-old singer devoted himself to charitable activities, opening a centre for orphaned and abused children in a Johannesburg squatter camp and visiting other projects funded by his AIDS foundation.

Sir Elton jets in from bush break    (da www.thetimes.co.za)
Published:Jan 13, 2008

READY TO ROLL: Sir Elton John arrives at Cape Town International Airport yesterday ahead of the first concert of his SA tour this evening Picture: ESA ALEXANDER

BRITISH pop star Elton John has been pampering himself at an exclusive game reserve in Mpumalanga.

The 60-year-old singer relaxed in the bush ahead of his tour of South Africa, which kicks off in Cape Town tonight.

Sir Elton and his partner David Furnish arrived at Royal Malewane in the Thornybush Game Reserve, on the western fringe of the Kruger National Park, last week.

A ranger who works for another lodge in the reserve said Sir Elton was spotted on the back of a game vehicle on Monday, covered in sunscreen and looking rather hot in the African sunshine.

The ranger said they saw two lions and a waterbuck kill.

The colonial-style reserve’s Royal and Malewane suites are the largest in Africa at 210m². Complimentary services include a butler and chef, private game drives and daily massages — luxuries Sir Elton clearly appreciates as this was his third visit to the lodge.

The star, who jetted into Cape Town Airport yesterday afternoon from Hoedspruit Air Force Base in a Gulfstream V private jet, will stay at the newly built La Residence in Franschhoek, which, like Malewane, is owned by Liz and Phil Biden’s Royal Portfolio group. The couple are said to be friends with the singer.

A Franschhoek resident said about 30 security guards inspected the property, expected to be reserved for Sir Elton’ s exclusive use, on Tuesday.

Sources in the guesthouse industry said he would also be staying at a private cottage in Hermanus, managed by the Royal Portfolio group.

Sir Elton’s spokesman in the UK, Gary Furrow, confirmed on Tuesday that his client was in South Africa and would “arrive in Cape Town in a private plane on Saturday”.

“He won’t be giving any interviews while on tour,” Furrow told the Sunday Times.

The star, knighted in 1998 for his contribution to the British music industry, has been touring for more than 40 years. He will perform hits such as Candle In The Wind, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

While he has been funding the Masibambisane Centre for orphans and vulnerable children in Johannesburg since 2003, assistant director of the establishment, Poppy Mashego, said no visit was scheduled.

“Elton has renewed his funding to us, but we have not heard anything about him visiting,” Mashego said.

He also has other causes in the country which benefit from the Elton John Aids Foundation.

He will perform in Durban on Wednesday, followed by two concerts in Johannesburg on Friday and Saturday.

  • It was announced this week that due to the Hollywood writers’ strike, the Golden Globe Awards had been cancelled, causing concern the Academy Awards might follow suit.

    But PageSix.com reported that Sir Elton’s annual Oscar bash and fundraiser for his Aids Foundation would still go ahead if this was the case.