Elton John is coming back to Australia in November but for three shows only and only in Sydney, Perth and Canberra.
The tour will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the ‘Rocket Man’ single in 1972.
Elton will play Perth for the opening week of the brand new Perth Arena. He’ll then head to Canberra and finish up at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, marking his 42nd show at the venue.
When ‘Rocket Man’ was released in 1972, Elton’s record label linked it to the Apollo 16 mission. The ads for the single at the time said, ‘On the morning of April 16, 1972, Apollo 16 was launched into orbit on a journey to the moon. A few mornings earlier Uni Records launched a new Elton John single into a world-wide orbit. WHAT A TRIP! Both launchings bound to set new records.’
In April this year, Elton was told that the European Space Agency astronaut Andrew Kuipers played the song from space to mark its 40th anniversary. Andre said, “This song has been an inspiration to many people who are interested in space, and especially those who wanted to become astronauts, including myself. It is certainly one of the most played songs here on the ISS, and we know it will accompany more astronauts into space in the future.”
Elton John Australian dates are:
November 12, Perth, Perth Arena
November 14, Canberra, Canberra Stadium
November 15, Sydney, Entertainment Centre