Australia Post has issued Eltons Personalised Stamp sheets, along with an exclusive four track CD, to coincide with his upcoming Australian Tour. The CD contains the following tracks:
- Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes
- I Want Love/This Train Don't Stop There Anymore/Original Sin (medley from the new album)
- Tiny Dancer (Original Studio Version)
- I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That (Live)
The souvenir pack, available for AUS$19.95 from February 11, 2002, contains:
10 Elton John Personalised Stamps, Four Track CD (exclusive to Australia Post), and 40 facts you never knew about Elton John.
Australian residents can purchase Eltons stamps and his new album, Songs from the West Coast, from over 2000 postal outlets across the country.
"Critics are saying that this is the best Elton John album in twenty years so its an ideal time to produce the first stamps of one of the worlds great rock icons," said David Maiden, Australia Posts Group Manager of Philatelic Services.
Maiden believes Australia Posts extensive retail network will help bring Eltons music to a vast number of Australians, particularly in regional areas.
Overseas fans can order their own exclusive stamp and CD packs by logging onto the Australia Post Website.
Elton John will be donating his proceeds from the sales of the stamps to the New South Wales Bushfire Appeal.
He said: "It is a real honour to be featured in this way on an Australian stamp, especially by a country that I have always loved touring in. After seeing the devastation that the fires caused, I wanted all my proceeds from the sale of the Australia Post stamp to be donated to the Bushfire Appeal. Australia is a beautiful country and I hope this will help the affected areas and families rebuild their communities and lives."
Some other nations might hold title as the first to issue Elton stamps, however. The West Indies have had a tradition of such issues since the 1960s and Grenada issued stamps in the mid-1990s. Also one African nation is known to have done so too.
The fans have made their mark too. George Matlock, editor of this website, launched Elton John stamps for his 50th birthday on March 25, 1997, including a special first day cover. Only 5,000 mint stamps and another 5,000 first day covers with cancelled stamps were ever issued.