December 6, 2013 11:59

Elton John Russia gig to go ahead as planned

The show will go ahead despite fears over a law banning 'gay propaganda'

Elton John Russia gig to go ahead as planned

Photo: PA Photo

Elton John's gig in Moscow tonight will go ahead as planned, despite fears the show may have been cancelled because of a Russian law banning 'gay propaganda'.

Organisers have confirmed that Sir Elton will perform live at Moscow's Crocus City Hall tonight (December 6). BBC News reports that Russian promoters, SAV Entertainment, issued a statement confirming that the gig in Moscow, as well as a second date in Kazan next week, will both go ahead.

"Despite the groundless rumours spread by the internet and media that Elton John's concerts in Russia could be cancelled, the organiser assures you that Elton John's shows in Moscow and Kazan will go ahead as planned," the statement says.

Speaking in an interview with The Guardian in September, the singer claimed that he chose to play the gigs to show support for gay people in Russia affected by the controversial law banning . "I’ve got to go. And I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say very carefully. As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go."

Earlier this year Lady Gaga's tour promoter was fined by a Russian court for "propaganda of alcohol consumption and homosexuality".

A St Petersburg court responded to a complaint by local resident Nadezhda Petrova who claimed that during December 2012 show in the city, her 13-year old daughter was exposed to an imitation of sexual intercourse between women and advocacy of alcohol consumption.

The judge ruled that the gig's promoter Planeta Plus, had violated a clause in Russia's administrative code on "protection of children from information that could harm their health and/or development".

A similar law was enacted in St Petersburg earlier this year against Madonna following her show in the city in August 2012. However, an attempt to sue the singer was thrown out of court.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Lily Allen unveils Glastonbury tribute video for 'As Long As I Got You'
Snoop Dogg admits he smoked weed in the White House
Lancaster theatre appeals for stolen papier-mâché Frank Sidebottom head
Kid Rock ordered to hand glass sex toy over to court as part of Insane Clown Posse lawsuit
Courtney Love rules out Hole reunion:'I don't want to get on the oldies circuit'
Jack White brings fan on stage to perform 'Seven Nation Army' – watch
Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett to be awarded Freedom of the City of London
The Who's Roger Daltrey and 'pals' to launch model railway museum in Kent
Lily Allen and Beyoncé producer claims guitar music is at an 'all time low'
Adele wins five-figure sum for paparazzi photos of son
Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle perform at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
Hudson Mohawke to release 'Chimes' EP in September
Lily Allen: 'Nobody at Radio 1 knows what the fuck they're doing'
Duran Duran suing fan club for £23,500
Details announced for The Warehouse Project 2014 line-up
Courtney Love says production on Kurt Cobain biopic will begin in 'next 12 months'
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke to release new solo album, 'Trick'
Midweek chart update: La Roux narrowly behind Ed Sheeran in race for Number One
Lana Del Rey says 'Fucked My Way To The Top' song is commentary on public perception of...
Metallica's Lars Ulrich says Noel Gallagher inspired him to quit cocaine
Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno and comedian Noel Fielding tease 'Wu-Tang Clan' live shows
Ian Watkins loses appeal for reduced jail term; judges cite 'shocking depravity' of crimes

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today