Elton John sends gig tickets to Telford students for lockdown cover

The singer stayed true to a promise made back in lockdown

Elton John has sent students tickets to his show after they covered one of his songs during lockdown.

Back in June 2020, John said he was “blown away” after watching a cover of ‘I’m Still Standing’ recorded by a pupils from Telford Priory School in Shropshire during lockdown.

The musician said their cover of the 1983 classic had “really cheered me up” in a personal message, and shared that he had watched it three times in a row.



“You did something brilliant and made a brilliant version of ‘I’m Still Standing’,” John said in the message.

“I hope you all have a great career and music plays a big part in it because you have certainly got talent.”

He also promised that the students would be guests at a future UK show when live music commenced again.

The now ex-pupils will watch the Rocketman in Birmingham on June 10 as part of his final UK arena dates of the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour.


Teacher Ben Millington said the singer got in touch and told them to “take their pick” of any dates they would like to watch him on the tour (via BBC).

Millington also told the BBC that he wasn’t surprised that the singer followed through on his word as “both Elton and David Furnish were so nice and supportive of the work I am doing with these young talented musicians”.

The teacher added that all the students from the video are now studying music at university.

“I just knew he would come through,” he added.

In December Elton John was confirmed as the first Glastonbury Festival 2023 headliner, which will be the final UK show of his last ever tour.

You can find the final UK and Ireland dates for his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour below and purchase any remaining tickets here.

Elton John’s ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ UK and Ireland tour dates 2023:


Sunday 02 – The O2, London
Tuesday 04 – The O2, London
Wednesday 05 – The O2, London
Saturday 08 – The O2, London
Sunday 09 – The O2, London
Wednesday 12 – The O2, London
Thursday 13 – The O2, London
Sunday 16 – The O2, London
Monday 17 – The O2, London
Wednesday 19 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
Saturday 22 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Sunday 23 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Tuesday 30 – The O2, London – NEW SHOW
Wednesday 31 – AO Arena, Manchester

Friday 02 – AO Arena, Manchester
Saturday 03 – AO Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 06 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thursday 08 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Saturday 10 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Sunday 11 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Tuesday 13 – P&J Live, Aberdeen
Thursday 15 – P&J Live, Aberdeen
Saturday 17 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sunday 18 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

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