Ail­ing health won’t stop fi­nal shows

Sydney Arena - - FRONT PAGE - By Ti­mothy An­der­son

De­spite health prob­lems El­ton John is back in Aus­tralia for his last world tour and re­port­edly look­ing for­ward to his one and only Syd­ney show on March 7.

John and his en­tourage flow into Aus­tralia late last month (Novem­ber) for a long se­ries of per­for­mances un­til March 19 in­clud­ing Perth, Ade­laide, Gee­long, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney, Coffs Har­bour and Bathurst.

The 72-year-old Rock­et­man hit­maker re­port­edly suf­fered from an ear in­fec­tion, and there has been other con­cerns for the singer’s im­mune sys­tem that af­fected his re­cov­ery from prostate surgery.

El­ton John’s Syd­ney agent de­cided on rent­ing a house in Belle­vue Hill where the John fam­ily will be based for five months for the 34 con­certs across the con­ti­nent.

The lux­u­ri­ous home rental ¬lo­ca­tion in the east­ern Syd­ney hill­side sub­urb will re­main undis­closed.

What is known, how­ever, is that the large rented house will ac­com­mo­date Sir El­ton’s hus­band, David Fur­nish, and their chil­dren Zachary and Eli­jah.

The res­i­dence isn’t Bar­ford, which steel in­dus­tri­al­ist San­jeev Gupta rented for $30,000 a week from prop­erty ¬de­vel­oper Ian Joyce.

Justin Bieber ¬briefly stayed on Coro­na­tion Ave, Moss­man in 2017. Ricky Martin rented a house with ocean views with easy ac­cess to Fox ¬Stu­dios in the in­ner-city, and Boy Ge­orge resided at Cen­ten­nial Park’s Lac­tura.

The agent to the stars Bill Bridges got a lux­ury $25,000 har­bour­side weekly rental for Paul McCart­ney n 1993.

Diana Ross paid a weekly rental of $16,000 for Opera House views dur­ing her 1989 tour, . Forty-eight years on from his de­but Syd­ney show, the fi­nal tour is John’s biggest since the tour in 1986, which had 25 shows.

For years El­ton’s pre­ferred liv­ing abode in Syd­ney was the now ¬de­mol­ished Sebel Ho­tel in El­iz­a­beth Bay.

Sir El­ton’s only Syd­ney event will be at the Bankwest Sta­dium, but he has sched­uled two shows up the NSW coast at Coffs Har­bour late in Fe­bru­ary.

The three-year Farewell Yel­low Brick Road world tour kicked off in Septem­ber last year, con­sist­ing of 300 shows across five con­ti­nents tak­ing in North Amer­ica, the United King­dom, North­ern Ire­land, main­land Europe, Asia, Aus­tralia and New Zealand. It will wrap up at Lon­don’s O2 Arena on 16 De­cem­ber 2020.

Sir El­ton em­barked on his farewell tour so he could fo­cus on bring­ing up his two boys, eightyear-old Zachary six-year-old Eli­jah, with his hus­band David.

El­ton John has been se­ri­ous in his plans to stop tour­ing for good in 2021.

The mu­si­cian started his fi­nal tour at the PPL Cen­ter in Al­len­town, Penn­syl­va­nia in Septem­ber last year.

Con­cerns re­gard­ing Sir El­ton’s health go back to when he be­came vi­o­lently ill on a flight home from San­ti­ago, Chile in April 2017.

Af­ter be­ing rushed to hospi­tal on land­ing in the UK, the 70-year-old spent two nights in in­ten­sive care, fol­lowed by an “ex­tended stay” in the fa­cil­ity.

The ill­ness en­cour­aged his de­ci­sion to re­tire from tour­ing so he could spend more time with his sons, Zachary and Eli­jah.

The of­fi­cial name for El­ton’s ill­ness has not been re­vealed, how­ever a statement from his spokesman at the time called it a harm­ful and un­usual bac­te­rial in­fec­tion.

A re­leased statement read: “In­fec­tions of this nature are rare and po­ten­tially deadly.”

Sir El­ton rose to fame in the 1970s with hits like Your Song, Crocodile Rock and Good­bye Yel­low Brick Road.

The iconic pi­anist will def­i­nitely re­tire from per­form­ing af­ter the one fi­nal Farewell Yel­low Brick Road tour that will cul­mi­nate in two shows in Lon­don.


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