Breaking: Elton John to play Chesterfield’s B2net stadium

Rocket Man: Elton John to perform at Chesterfield on June 9, 2012.

Rocket Man: Elton John to perform at Chesterfield on June 9, 2012.

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ROCKET Man Elton John will blast down at Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium on Saturday, June 9, it was announced tonight.

It will be the first concert at the stadium which opened only last year.

The fully reserved seated concert will give thousands of fans the opportunity to see the hitmaker behind classics such as Rocket Man, Pinball Wizard, Crocodile Rock, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle in the Wind, I’m Still Standing and, from The Lion King soundtrack, Can You Feel the Love Tonight.

Elton, who will perform a two-hour greatest hirts show, said: “Music is a wonderful gift and I feel very privileged to be able to share this with so many people around the world. I am thrilled that at long last I can bring my show to Chesterfield,

“I have never had the chance to play in this town before so I am excited to be the first performer to play at this fabulous stadium.”

Chesterfield FC chairman Barrie Hubbard said: “This is not only a big first for Chesterfield Football Club but is a first for the town as well.

“Our new B2net Stadium is really living up to its billing as North Derbyshire’s premier entertainment venue and we are absolutely delighted that Elton John has agreed to include it as part of his World tour.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the full completion of the stadium next year, with the addition of all the community facilities, than by holding such an eye-catching event.”

With a career that spans five decades, Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits and an amazing 250-million records worldwide as well as numerous Grammy, Oscars, Ivor Novello and Brit Awards

His career has kept him at the top of the charts for nearly 40 years and his lifework has amalgamated into more than that of just a recording artist.

Through a partnership with lyricist Tim Rice came the music for both the feature film and Broadway stage production of The Lion King.

Elton also wrote the music for the stage production of Billy Elliot: The Musical and more recently for the box office smash, ‘Gnomeo & Juliet.’ And just last year, Elton forged a collaboration with long-time musical hero, Leon Russell on the T Bone Burnett produced album, The Union.

His most recent project will open tonight in Las Vegas when Elton returns to The Colesseum Ceasers Palace with this brand new show the Million Dollar Piano, billed as “a gargantuan feast of music and imagery“.

Elton’s September return will mark the beginning of a three-year residency at The Colosseum and his second as a Caesars Palace headliner.

Tickets - on sale from Friday, September 30, at 9am - are £55 and £40. Premium tickets are also available. All tickets subject to a booking fee. Call 0844 847 2441 or 0871 231 0835 and online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.seetickets.com

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