Elton John and band appear in Jakarta in their Greatest Hits Tour


This November, Indonesia will witness a special performance by one of the biggest names of all time in music: the legendary pop singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist: Elton John.

Elton John is to stage his first appearance ever in Indonesia on November 18, 2011 at the Sentul International Convention Center, just at the outskirts of Jakarta. The special concert is part of Elton’s world tour entitled the Greatest Hits Tour that will commence in early November covering half the globe from Latvia all the way to Australia.

For this special occasion, Elton John will be joined by his long-time band consisting of Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson, Robert Birch, Kim Bullard, and John Mahon, and also four backup vocals comprising Rose Stone (Sly and The Family Stone), Lisa Banks, Tata Vega, and Jean Witherspoon.

The concert will also feature special guest stars, 2CELLOS, a duet of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser from Croatia, accomplished musicians who have played the cello since childhood. The meteoric success of 2CELLOS started In January 2011 when they uploaded a unique duo cello version of “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson onto YouTube. Within just a few weeks, their video became a huge viral sensation, receiving over 5 million views from across the world. They were invited by Sir Elton John to join him on his worldwide tour playing with and opening for him.

Over his 40 year career, Elton John has won an impressive 5 Grammy Awards, sold over 250 million albums worldwide and continues to perform more than 100 shows a year, placing him squarely among the top 10 best-selling artists in music history. In addition to being the most successful pop-rock pianist in the world, he oversees an artist-management company, and his AIDS foundation has raised more than US$220 million since 1992 and benefits programs in 55 countries. The sales of the song “Candle In The Wind” in 1997 raised over US$40 million for charity, following the death of his friend Diana, Princess of Wales.

The legend of pop released his first solo album Empty Sky in 1969, and by 1970 he had his first top 10 pop single in the US, “Your Song.” Forty years later he is still one of the most successful pop artists of all time with over 25 top 10 pop hits in the US. Elton John is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and aside from Grammy Awards, he has also won an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. In 2008, Billboard ranked him as the third most successful artist of all time just behind the Beatles and Madonna.

The concert will be the best opportunity to catch Elton live on stage with 1970s classics like “Your Song,” “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting),” “Rocket Man,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Candle In The Wind,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Crocodile Rock” right to 1980s favorites “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues,” and “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” and many more in the setlist.

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