Elton John Blackpool gig cut short by high winds

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

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