Elton John Blackpool gig cut short by high winds

Bad weather forces the 'Candle In The Wind' singer to cancel show

Elton John Blackpool gig cut short by high winds
Elton John was forced to cut short his concert in Blackpool last night (June 16) due to high winds.

The 'Candle In The Wind' singer was advised by police 2 hours into his set at Blackpool Tower Headland outdoor arena to finish, as the weather worsened and they could not ensure the health and safety of the audience.

Elton John 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."

The gig was the first in a series of concerts at the venue, which lies in the shadow of the Lancashire seaside resort's famous tower, and it will play host to an Olympic torch gig, featuring performances by McFly, The Wanted and John Barrowman.

The weather affected most of the day but the rain eased prior to John coming on-stage. The singer played a rousing set of hits, including 'Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)' and 'Rocket Man', before bringing the gig to a halt.

Last week, it was announced Elton John would be releasing release a new box set featuring five albums from the early 1970s. The 'Classic Album Selection' box set will include 'Elton John', 'Tumbleweed Connection', 'Madman Across The Water', 'Honky Château' and 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player', five albums recorded consecutively between 1970 and 1973. The limited edition box set will be released by Universal Music on July 2

Read More On This Artist

More News
Today's new album releases: Eminem, Beyoncé, Coldplay and more
Bastille 'nearly fell over' when Bono asked for a picture at Band Aid 30 session, says...
Lorde performs 'Yellow Flicker Beat' at American Music Awards; Iggy Azalea beats Eminem...
Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl – watch
Band Aid single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' goes straight to Number One with...
Lily Allen reveals she turned down invitation to record 'smug' Band Aid 30 single
James Blake hints that Kanye West will appear on his next album
Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson perform 'Uptown Funk' on 'Saturday Night Live' -...
'Monty Python' song tops poll to discover Britain's most popular funeral songs
Emeli Sande criticises Band Aid 30 single lyrics: 'A whole new song is required'
Noel Gallagher: 'When I close my eyes I don't see Oasis reforming' - watch
New Libertines film documenting recent comeback to be released
Eminem releases free 66-track 'Shady Classics' mixtape - listen
Biffy Clyro tear through first London show in 18 months at Relentless Live
TV On The Radio perform 'Happy Idiot' on 'Letterman' – watch
US pear farmers pleased with Rick Ross endorsement
Jack White pays tribute to keyboardist Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens at London gig
Ghostface Killah releases new track 'Double Cross' – listen
Early version of The Velvet Underground's 'Sweet Jane' is released – listen
Angel Olsen unveils 'Windows' video – watch
Pete Doherty: 'For more than ten years I've been powerless, but there's a way...
Beyoncé dances around hotel room in new '7/11' video – watch

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM