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Movement on to Bring Elton Back to The Territory

Written by Chief Editor.

The NT News has launched  an online petition to get Sir Elton to perform in the Territory.

The musician recently announced four Australian dates for his Once in a Lifetime tour, and Darwin missed out.

In 2008, more than 5,000 Territorians got behind a public campaign, spearheaded by the NT News, to bring the vocalist to  TIO stadium.

The NT government also contributed $60,000 in-kind support to lock in the show.

Chugg Entertainment promoter Matthew Lazarus-Hall points out that for this tour, Elton wanted to play in a few new places.

“Elton is a big show and he wanted to play new places but he’s already played in Darwin,” he remarks.

Darwin Entertainment Centre general manager Alan James says that initially it looked like he'd return back in Darwin, but logistics prevented the return of the star.

“We were heavily involved in trying to get Elton back to Darwin this year and at the end of it we were up against some major issues in terms of logistics,” Mr James notes.

“If they could have been overcome he would have come.”

Mr James was involved in getting Elton to Darwin when he performed in 2008 to a crowd of more than 14,000.

He says:

“The stage came from Brisbane, seats came from Perth, production came from Sydney — it was a massive operation getting that stuff into Darwin.”