Elton John and his Band with special guests Bright Light Bright Light
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
£25.00, £55.00 & £75.00
He is undeniably one of the most acclaimed and adored solo artists of all time, instantaneously recognisable and cherished by his fans worldwide. Today the brilliant song craftsman has announced he will be performing in Newcastle next summer.
On Wednesday 2nd July 2014 he takes to the stage at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle for the first time in two years.
Elton commented on his new dates:
“As I have said when asked about the song Home Again on my new album, The Diving Board, there is something very special to me about coming home. I’ve been all around the world more times than I can count, and I truly enjoy playing my music for fans everywhere I can, but I do so look forward to coming back home to England every summer… Newcastle has always been a special place for me, as I first played there all the way back in 1971 at the City Hall with the original three piece Elton John Band”
As one of the most lauded and celebrated performers, his spectacular stage shows are sought-after by audiences worldwide. The dates will include number one hits and classic songs from his remarkable 40 year career, including tracks from his recently praised album ‘The Diving Board’ described by The Independent as “An album that may be the best of his career”.
Among the many awards and honours bestowed on Elton John are five Grammys, a Grammy Legend award, Tony Award, Best British Male Artist Brit Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 11 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for ‘services to music and charitable services’. He recently became the recipient of the first ever BRIT Icon Award.
With an unparalleled career that spans five decades, Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with 35 gold and 25 platinum album, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits and an incredible 250-million records worldwide. Yet his lifetime achievements have amalgamated into more than just one of an successful recording artist. Through a partnership with lyricist Tim Rice came the music for the feature film and Broadway stage production of ‘The Lion King.’ He wrote the music for the stage production of ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’ and more recently for the box office smash, ‘Gnomeo & Juliet.’ In 2011 returned to Las Vegas for a three year residency with his brand new show ‘The Million Dollar Piano’, billed as “a gargantuan feast of music and imagery”.
Plans are now under way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1973 released album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ early next year and a film project based on his life is currently in production.
Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Welsh born, London based Rod Thomas who released his debut album 'Make Me Believe In Hope' to rave reviews - hailed by Sunday Times Culture as "a songwriter of extraordinary dexterity", ending up at no.4 in the Guardian Reader's Albums of 2012 poll, and touring with Ellie Goulding, Erasure and Scissor Sisters alongside his own sold out UK shows.
Alongside making his own music, he's also part of Slow Knights, a musical collective formed by Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters, whose debut album 'Cosmos' came out 25th March 2013 to very strong reviews and a lot of love from Billboard Magazine. Pet Shop Boys themselves also wrote about his "sparkling" 'West End Girls' cover with Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic, recorded to raise awareness of Hetrick-Martin Institute.
His sophomore album 'Life Is Easy' will be released July 2014, and will feature his duet with Elton John 'I Wish We Were Leaving' which within 3 days of premiering online was picked as USA Today's song of the week, and praised by The Guardian, The Independent and numerous journalists.