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Issue:- 21 June  2012

Elton Johns Gig's In Blackpool

THE first major open air concert at the new Tower Festival in Blackpool attracted 20,000 people, headlining Sir Elton John. After the stage had been awash thanks to a day long deluge of rain, but thankfully for the many fans, the rain eased prior to Sir John come on to the stage. But the weather that had already affected most of the day was not going to give up and the event was sadly cancelled after just 2 hours. After being advised by the Police, the singer who is ironically best know for his song 'Candle In The Wind', agreed that the health and safety of his audience came first. As the weather worsened, under the shadow of the world famous seaside resort's tower, he told the crowd:- "I have been told there is some really bad weather on the way. The Police say you need to leave right now in an orderly fashion. I'm sorry, but I don't want anyone to be hurt. I'll make it up to you." It is unclear as to how he will "make it up." but many who attended agreed that he did the correct thing. The resort will play host to an Olympic Torch gig, Friday, 22 June 2012 and Saturday, 23 June 2012 as it sets off towards Preston on the final visit to the North West. These photographs where taken by Ian Fairbrother for us of Sir Elton John; as he played some of hits hits in that short time on stage, on Saturday, 16 June 2012. Some of the tunes he did get to play included the hit 'Rocket Man' and 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' Whether you love a good classical concert or good old rock 'n' roll, Blackpool has plenty to offer this year with its program of live music events.

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