Elton is fit for Falkirk
Sir Elton John is on the mend and tuning up for his Falkirk concert.
The legendary star was forced to cancel three performances in Las Vegas last week after being admitted to hospital.
But this week a spokesman for promoters Marshall Arts said “everything is fine” for the 65-year-old’s appearance at Falkirk Stadium on Sunday, June 10.
He also revealed that on Wednesday Sir Elton would be making his first public appearance since his health scare by attending the 3000th performance of ‘Billy Elliot’ at the Victoria Palace Theatre. He penned the score for the hit musical which has been running in London’s West End since 2005.
The spokesman said: “He had a respiratory infection and as a precaution was taken to hospital but was only there for half a day. Elton rested and flew back into the UK on Monday.
“He’s really looking forward to the start of his UK tour which kicks off in Taunton on Sunday followed by Harrogate on June 5.”
However, Sir Elton has a date with royalty on Monday when he will take part in the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in front of HM The Queen and other members of the royal family.
He then has gigs in Belfast and Chesterfield before his evening performance in Falkirk – the first concert to take place at the community stadium.
Around 14,000 tickets have already been sold for the event which will see the biggest ever audience in the ground.
Falkirk Football Club has helped arrange this unique first for the stadium, and this week spokesman Tony Smith said preparations were all in hand.
He said: “Work on setting up the stage will begin next week. It’s a massive job and there will be a huge amount of equipment and staging brought in.”
The club has warned that there will be no drop off points in front of the stadium on the day of the concert.
There will only be around 150 parking places available in the car park and these will cost £20 per vehicle. About half have already been snapped up despite cars having to be parked no later than 3.30 p.m. with the concert due to begin at 7.30 p.m.
Mr Smith added: “All the money from the parking will go to towards supporting the football club next season.”
Last night it was revealed that Sir Elton has donated seats at his Falkirk concert to the Armed Forces charity Tickets for Troops.
Lord Marland, the charity’s chairman, said: “We are extremely grateful to Sir Elton John and Rocket Music for their generous donation of tickets for undoubtedly one of the biggest artists in the world.
“This is yet another mark of the country’s appreciation for the sacrifices the marvellous men and women of HM’s Armed Froces make on our behalf. I hope the troops who receive these prestigious tickets have the most enjoyable time.”
Classically trained musicians 2CELLOS will be appearing as a support act with Sir Elton, along with Scottish schoolgirl Tallia Storm.
The star has promised the crowd will not be disappointed by his two-hour long show, the only Scottish date on the current tour, which will include all his best-loved hits.
Reserved seat tickets, costing £40-£75 plus a booking fee, can be obtained online at www.ticketsoup.com or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
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