Rocket Man zooms into Aberdeen for open air gig


Sir Elton John will visit Aberdeen next summer for a special outdoor concert.

The open air show at the Exhibition and Conference Centre on Saturday, June 20, will be his first in the city since his sell-out concert at Pittodrie in 2004.

The spectacular gig for around 14,000 fans will be staged in a specially-constructed arena and will be a ‘first’ for the venue.

There will be a full range of concert facilities with internal and external bars, catering and restrooms.

The concert, part of the Rocket Man’s European tour, will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks spanning his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly-acclaimed Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a deluxe edition.

Sir Elton’s band includes original member Nigel Olsson on drums, as well as Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

The rock legend said: “When I was told I had the opportunity to return to Aberdeen I jumped at it. Ten years is too long!

“I can still remember playing at the Music Hall at my first gig in the Granite City in 1972. I am sure we will all have a fantastic time.”

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s managing director, said: “It is fantastic that a performer of Elton John’s calibre has chosen to include Aberdeen as part of his tour.

“The building of the specially-constructed outdoor arena shows the flexibility of AECC when bringing artists to the region.”

Sir Elton’s spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences worldwide.

Since his career began in 1969 he has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries.

Tickets for the Aberdeen concert went on sale to the public last Friday.

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