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Elton John World News: The Rocket Man is Joining Forces With Telethon

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Wednesday 31 October 2012 @ 15:31 - GMT

Sir Elton will do a live cross to Telethon from his Rocket Man 40th anniversary concert at Perth Arena.

After several months of negotiations, Telethon organisers celebrated confirmation that the singer would play two songs live from his Perth concert to the Statewide Telethon audience.

Telethon general manager Steve Mummery said the show would cross to the rocker's concert spectacular on Saturday November 10.

"Elton has agreed to perform two songs exclusively for Telethon at his concert," he said.

"We'll cross to the concert live for a couple of songs.

"It's pretty exciting to have somebody of the calibre of Elton John on Telethon.

"He has a child himself and knows how important it is for us to be looking after our kids.

"It's going to be a great event and fantastic for Telethon."

Elton is the opening act for the new 15,000 seat Perth Arena.

Telethon will run over the weekend of November 10-11. It began in 1968 when a group of senior executives from Channel 7 Perth established the organisation with a 20 hour non-stop program broadcast from the studios of the station, which raised $104,829, a huge amount of money back then- for the Childrens Medical Research Foundation based at Princess Margaret Hospital