40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man

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40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man Tour
Tour by Elton John
Start date 10 November 2012
End date 12 September 2013
Legs 6
Shows 7 in Oceania
11 in Asia
9 in South America
10 in North America
8 in Europe
45 in Total
Elton John concert chronology
Greatest Hits Live
(2011-12)
40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man Tour
(2012-13)
The Diving Board Tour
(2013-14)

40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man is a concert tour by British musician Elton John taking place in Oceania, Asia, North America, South America, and Europe celebrating the 40th anniversary of his top 20 hit single "Rocket Man".[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Background[edit]

40 years ago, during April 1972, "Rocket Man" was released around the world. To celebrate the landmark anniversary of its release, Elton John has been taking the celebrations globally for a world tour and will be returning to Australia for his record 42nd Sydney Entertainment Centre show plus a very special run of shows, some in parts of Australia he has never been in.[1][4]

John added a second concert at the newly constructed Perth Arena on 10 November, opening the arena. Originally George Michael had been scheduled to open the arena, but pulled out and John took his place.[7][8][9]

Both the 2012 Greatest Hits Live tour and the 2012 legs of the 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man tour made it onto Billboard's top 25 tours of 2012 at #19 with 36 shows, 28 of which were sell-outs. John performed to 240,381 people, making $32,920,986 (£20,946,700).[10] On 22 March 2013 John's South American tour topped that week's Billboard Hot Tours. While in Brazil, he had played to 52,492 people and made $6,332,640. One of the Brazilian concerts, in Belo Horizonte, was sold out, the only sold out date of the tour.[11]

Opening acts[edit]

  • 2Cellos (12 November - 4 December 2012)[12]
  • Schmidt (14-18 November 2012, Melbourne)[12]
  • Pnau (16 November 2012, Sydney)[13]

Set list[edit]

This set list is representative of the first show in Perth. It does not represent all dates throughout the tour.[14]

  1. "The Bitch Is Back"
  2. "Bennie and the Jets"
  3. "Grey Seal"
  4. "Levon"
  5. "Tiny Dancer"
  6. "Believe"
  7. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters"
  8. "Philadelphia Freedom"
  9. "Candle in the Wind"
  10. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  11. "Rocket Man"
  12. "Hey Ahab"
  13. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  14. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
  15. "Honky Cat"
  16. "Sad Songs"
  17. "Sacrifice"
  18. "Daniel"
  19. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  20. "Are You Ready for Love"
  21. "I'm Still Standing"
  22. "Crocodile Rock"
  23. "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting"
  24. "Your Song"
  25. "Circle of Life"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Oceania[5][15][16]
10 November 2012 Perth Australia Perth Arena
12 November 2012
14 November 2012 Canberra Canberra Stadium
15 November 2012 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
16 November 2012[S]
18 November 2012 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
20 November 2012 Launceston Launceston Silverdome
Asia[17]
23 November 2012 Shanghai China Mercedes-Benz Arena
25 November 2012 Beijing MasterCard Center
27 November 2012 Seoul South Korea Olympic Gymnastics Arena
29 November 2012 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Genting Arena of Stars
1 December 2012 Cotai Macau CotaiArena
4 December 2012 Wan Chai Hong Kong Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
6 December 2012 Guangzhou China Guangzhou International Sports Arena
8 December 2012 Manila Philippines Smart Araneta Coliseum
10 December 2012[S] Taipei Taiwan Nangang Exhibition Hall
13 December 2012 Bangkok Thailand IMPACT Arena
15 December 2012 Kallang Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
South America[18][19]
26 February 2013 Fortaleza Brazil pt:Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo
27 February 2013 São Paulo Brazil Jockey Club de São Paulo
28 February 2013[A] Viña del Mar Chile Quinta Vergara Amphitheater
2 March 2013 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani
4 March 2013 Montevideo Uruguay Estadio Gran Parque Central
5 March 2013 Porto Alegre Brazil Estádio do São José
6 March 2013[S] Asunción Paraguay Yacht y Golf Club Paraguayo
8 March 2013 Brasília Brazil Centro de Convenções Internacional
9 March 2013 Belo Horizonte Mineirão Stadium
10 March 2013[S] Recife Chevrolet Hall
North America[20]
16 March 2013 Memphis United States FedExForum
20 March 2013 Macon Macon Centreplex
22 March 2013 Montgomery Garrett Coliseum
23 March 2013 Chattanooga McKenzie Arena
28 March 2013 Houston Toyota Center
29 March 2013 Baton Rouge Baton Rouge River Center
30 March 2013 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
3 April 2013 Dayton Nutter Center
5 April 2013 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
6 April 2013 Winston-Salem Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Europe[21][22]
17 June 2013[B] Murten Switzerland Pantschau Murtensee
18 June 2013 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
19 June 2013 Salzburg Salzburgarena
21 June 2013 Caen France Zénith de Caen
22 June 2013 Skive Fjord Denmark Rosenlund Parken
23 June 2013[C] Cork Ireland The Docklands
29 June 2013 Tallinn Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
3 July 2013[D] St. Malô du Bois France Poupet Open Air Theatre
4 September 2013 Leeds England Leeds Arena
5 September 2013 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
7 September 2013 Magdeburg Domplatz
8 September 2013[E] Isle of Wight England Robin Hill Country Park
12 September 2013[F] London The Roundhouse
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was part of "Festival de Viña del Mar 2013"[19]
B This concert was part of "Stars of Sounds Open Air Murten 2013"[22]
C This concert was part of "Live at the Marquee"[23]
D This concert was part of "Festival de Poupet"[24]
E This concert was part of "Bestival"[25]
F This concert was part of "iTunes Festival"[26]
S This concert was solo concert.
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
18 November 2011 Bogor Sentul International Convention Center Moved to Mata Elang International Stadium, never rescheduled.[27]
18 November 2012 Mackay Virgin Australia Stadium Cancelled. Replaced with Melbourne concert.[28]
29 November 2012 Busan Busan Exhibition and Convention Center Cancelled. Replaced by Kuala Lumpur concert.
12 March 2013 Quito Unconfirmed Venue Cancelled.[29]
15 March 2013 Birmingham BJCC Arena Cancelled.[30]
15 June 2013 Murten Stars of Sounds Open Air Festival Rescheduled to 17 June 2013 due to band illness.[31]
5 July 2013 Halle Gerry Weber Stadion Rescheduled to 6 July 2014.[32]
6 July 2013 Mainz Nordmole Zollhafen Rescheduled to 19 July 2014.[32]
7 July 2013 Heilbronn Frankenstadion Heilbronn Cancelled.[33]
9 July 2013 Barolo Piazza Colbert Cancelled.[32]
11 July 2013 Dresden Theaterplatz vor der Semperoper Postponed to 11 July 2014.[34]
12 July 2013 London Barclaycard's British Summer Time Festival Cancelled.[35]
13 July 2013 Yekaterinburg Yekaterinburg Sports Palace Cancelled.[35]
14 July 2013 Krasnodar Krasnodar Basket-Hall Cancelled.[35]
17 July 2013 Lörrach Stimmen-Festival Rescheduled to 23 July 2014.
19 July 2013 Carhaix Vieilles Charrues Festival Cancelled.[35]
20 July 2013 Calella Festival Jardins de Cap Roig Cancelled.[35]
21 July 2013 Regensburg Schloss St. Emmeram Cancelled.[35]
23 July 2013 Carcassonne Festival de Carcassonne Cancelled.[35]
24 July 2013 Monte Carlo Sporting Monte-Carlo Cancelled.[35]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Perth Arena Perth 21,782 / 21,782 (100%) $3,919,890[36]
Canberra Stadium Canberra 10,430 / 11,320 (92%) $1,718,940[37]
Entertainment Centre Sydney 18,056 / 18,056 (100%) $3,059,390[38]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 9,231 / 11,412 (81%) $1,584,640[37]
Silverdome Launceston 5,142 / 5,981 (86%) $940,104[37]
Jockey Club São Paulo 10,195 / 12,000 (85%) $2,662,790[39]
Estadio Zequinha Porto Alegre 11,294 / 13,500 (84%) $1,712,440[40]
Centro de Convencoes Brasilia 5,862 / 6,900 (85%) $1,104,140[40]
Estadio do Mineirao Belo Horizonte 32,176 / 32,176 (100%) $2,405,660[40]
Chevrolet Hall Recife 3,160 / 4,600 (69%) $1,110,400[40]
Bridgestone Arena Nashville 14,896 / 14,896 (100%) $1,177,534[41]
Total 142,224 / 152,623 (93%) $21,395,928

Tour band[edit]

Sources:[42][43]

During the 2012 Asian tour the 2Cellos left the Elton John Band to pursue other projects following the release of their album In2ition.[44][45]

Controversies[edit]

John drew incredibly harsh criticism during his concert in Beijing when he dedicated the show to dissident artist Ai Weiwei. A state-owned newspaper accused the veteran British singer of being 'disrespectful' and said his actions could lead to a ban on other Western performers putting on shows in China. At the end of the show, John stunned his audience when he said he was dedicating the show to Weiwei. He said he was there to give tribute to Weiwei's 'honour and talent'. The Global Times, a paper run by the ruling Communist Parties, The People's Daily, said in an editorial: "John's unexpected action was disrespectful to the audience and the contract that he signed with the Chinese side, he forcibly added political content to the concert, which should have been nothing more than an entertaining performance. John's action will also make the relevant agencies further hesitate in the future when they invite foreign artists. John himself is a senior entertainment figure, but has raised difficulties for future arts exchanges between China and other countries."[46][47][48]

It was later revealed that as a result of John's comments at his concert in Beijing that Chinese authorities were considering tightening concert rules so that only artists with University degrees could perform in the country. This would rule out any return to China for John. He was also questioned by Chinese authorities after the concert regarding his remarks.[49]

Conservative campaigners demanded that John should cancel his concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Although John's scheduled performance went ahead at the Genting Arena of Stars, he faced fierce opposition from Muslim activists who object to openly gay performers performing in Malaysia as homosexual activities are illegal in the country. John faced down similar protests when he performed his first ever concert in Malaysia at the same venue just a year before.[50][51][52][53]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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