Elton adds second Auckland show

Elton John. Photo: Reuters
Sir Elton John began the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in September last year. Photo: Reuters
Sir Elton John has added a second concert in Auckland next year.

The Mt Smart show will be held on Tuesday, February 11, after the February 9 concert sold out within an hour yesterday.

Tickets will go on sale next Thursday, February 21, at 9am on Ticketmaster.co.nz. The limit is four per person.

Members of Elton John's Rocket Club will be able to join a 9am pre-sale for the show next Wednesday via eltonjohn.com/rocket-club.

Promoters are advising fans to ignore weekend advertising that does not list the second Mt Smart show.

"We want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to experience the magic of seeing this incredible performer live," said the show's promoter Michael Chugg, "So we've added some new shows to what we know is going to be his best visit yet."

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour began in September 2018. It is said to be the popular British singer's last with the 71-year-old performing more than 300 concerts in 18 months.

John has also sold out two shows at the Mission Estate in Napier on February 6 and 8, with only pricey VIP packages remaining for the February 4 concert at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The February 6 show at Mission Estate had also sold out in an hour, with both Gold Reserved and General Admission gone, leaving many punters again frustrated.

An-online queue stretching to 50,000 tried to buy tickets to the first show, with Mission admitting 4% of people trying to buy tickets were bumped to the back of the queue because of a fault caused by overloading. This time around Mission removed the mechanism showing how many people were online in the queue.

John will become only the second star to do two concerts at Mission Estate.

The only star to appear twice since Kiwi opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa wowed the first crowd in 1993 is British rocker Rod Stewart, who first appeared in 2005 and returned in 2014 for a show in front of the record crowd of about 26,000.

John is currently performing mainly indoor concerts in the dead of a US winter, with 18, some back-to-back, over the next month before heading to Europe in May.

Expanding the tours is nothing new for John, with promoters on Wednesday announcing nine extra shows to an Australian schedule now comprising 24 concerts in 32 days from November 30 to February 1.

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