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Monday 26 November 2007 @ 15:44 - GMT

Elton's first solo appearance in New Zealand on December 6 will include special lighting effects which will make his visit unique.

Capital C: Concerts promoter Phil Sprey said, We never just put an artist on a bare stage, we look at making each of our concerts a complete experience. We could have gone to other cities with bigger audience capacities than the TSB Bowl of Brooklands but believed from the outset that his solo tour would feel better in the surrounding that New Plymouth's number one venue has.

Only a handful of tickets remain.

Last evening, Elton attended a bash for his friend, David Beckham.

The Foxtel is Football party was held in Sydney, where the vocalist is based while playing Australia (flying via private jet to each show).

The night prior to that, Elton was in a Canungra horse paddock.

The Elysian polo fields were transformed into a $5 million world-class music theatre as 10,000 people from across Queensland and further afield sang along with the icon.

Elton caught many by surprise when he strode out on to the stage 15 minutes early.

The low-key entrance sent the crowd into raptures with a standing ovation.

But Elton's outfit was hardly low-key.

 He wore a purple shirt and black suit which included a massive jukebox embroidered on the back with the words 'Music Magic.'

The front of the suit featured an embroidered image Sir Elton standing on a rocket keyboard.

After he walked on to the stage, the entertainer bowed to the crowd, waved and gave them a good look at his outfit, front and back.

He said nothing before taking a sip of water and launching into the opening number, Your Song.

After the tune, though, he told the crowd of his excitement at doing his first solo tour of Australia.

"Thank you very much, it's great to be here," he said.

"The next song is rather appropriate because it's how old I am."

He then burst into a rendition of Sixty Years On.

Elton was rewarded with a standing ovation after each number, including Tiny Dancer, which he dedicated to Gerry Taylor-Wood and all the women in the audience.

Gerry, who happens to be the mother of  photographer Sam Taylor-Wood, lives at Mt Tamborine.

Below, is a photo from the Canungra concert.


Elton shines among stars