Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sir Elton John mesmerises 6,000 fans in Malaysia

I attended The Majestic & Magnificent Concert by Sir Elton John and I Stood Witness to a Fully Packed Arena Of 6,000 Fans!

All Hotels including Ria Apartment & Awana Resort were fully booked and many slept in their cars instead of risking driving down hill after the show at Midnight. It was a very cold foggy night.

GENTING HIGHLANDS: 6,000 fans packed the Arena of Stars here on Tuesday night for the first ever performance in Malaysia by superstar Sir Elton John.

The crowd cheered and sang along with the “piano man” as he enthralled them with his classic hits as well as recent numbers from his latest album “The Union”, released in 2010.

“Saturday Night’s Alright”, “Rocket Man”, “Candle in the Wind”, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” were just a handful of his iconic and evergreen songs performed during the show, leaving his fans with an unforgettable night of music.

The concert started off with an opening by the 2CELLOS, made up of young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser who later joined the ensemble throughout the concert that ended at 11 pm.

Elton John & Band Greatest Hits Tour in Malaysia was the first project by Tune Live, the entertainment arm of Tune Group. Tune Live is the concert promoter.

For Elton, putting together a “Greatest Hits Tour” was a great passion as he was joined on the road once again by his long-time band: Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson, Bob Birch, Kim Bullard and John Mahon, all dedicated and superbly talented musicians who have been playing alongside the piano man for many years.

Another highlight of the concert was the four back-up singers, who included the incredible Rose Stone (“Sly And The Family Stone”) together with Lisa Stone, Tata Vega and Jean Witherspoon.
This was also the first time that 2CELLOS has joined the ensemble. The young Croatian duo, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, recently took YouTube by storm, quickly landing a recording deal with Sony Music.

Elton’s most recent studio album “The Union”, released by Universal Music in October 2010, was recorded with Elton’s long-time musical idol and world-renowned pianist and songwriter, Leon Russell.

Over his 40-year career, Elton has won an impressive five Grammy Awards, sold over 250 million albums worldwide and continued to perform more than 100 shows a year, placing him squarely among the top 10 best-selling artistes in music history.

In addition to being the most successful rock pianist in the world, he oversees an artist-management company. His AIDS foundation has raised more than US$220 million since 1992 and benefits programmes in 55 countries. The sales of the song “Candle In The Wind” in 1997 raised over US$40 million for the charity, following the death of his friend Diana, Princess of Wales.

Elton has travelled the world performing his iconic and evergreen songs for his fans across the globe such as UK, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Croatia, Abu Dhabi, Turkey and Indonesia, to name a few.

The next few months in Elton’s itinerary are packed and include 16 nights performing his brand new show “Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas.

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