The incomparable Elton John is returning to Australia in 2017, and he’s already announced the first dates – and some surprising venues. Rather than sticking to the standard tour locations, he’ll be heading out to more remote areas like Cairns and Mackay, with more dates on the way.
“Exclusive to Australia, Elton John & His Band will perform four very special Once In A Lifetime concerts this September,” the Chugg touring website reads. “Three of the first-and-last time events will be in cities he has never played before, and one is an intimate revisit of more than 25 years.”

So far, the only confirmed dates are Friday September 22 at BB Print Stadium in Mackay, and Saturday September 30 at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns, with the other two still to be announced.

He’ll be joined by Nigel Olsson on drums, who was part of Elton’s original trio of backing musicians, and they’ll be playing hits spanning Elton’s decades-long career.

“I always love coming back to Australia,” Elton says, having first played here in Perth. “It holds a very special place in my heart, ever since my first visit there at the start of my world-wide career in 1971.

“My band and I are really looking forward to playing there again in September and this tour will be even more memorable because it will be the first time I have ever played Mackay and Cairns…which I can’t believe but there you have it.

“If the audiences are anything like those at all of the other shows we have done in Queensland over the years, everyone will surely be in for a wonderful crazy night!”

You can sign up for presale at the Chugg website, and general tickets go on sale on Tuesday March 14.


Mackay – Friday 22 September – BB Print Stadium
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Cairns – Saturday 30 September – Cazaly’s Stadium
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More dates to be announced.