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Elton's Recent Russian Gig

Monday 16 July 2007 @ 15:28 - GMT

Kommersant.com reports that Elton hit the stage in Rostov-on-Don's central square last Thursday in his first provincial city concert in Russia.

The Briton played for 100,000 people in a ceremony to celebrate the launch of a metallurgical plant.

The concert marked the launch of the first section of the Rostov electrometallurgical plant.

Rostov Region Governor Vladimir Chub noted that they had to build a plant to make Elton come to this city in Russias south.

The bill was by businessman, Vladimir Varshavsky.

Mr. Varshavsky is a co-owner in coal firm Russky Ugol and Estar metallurgy holding which also holds 25 percent in FC Rostov.

The concert ended with a ten minute firework show while Sir Elton was playing Can You Feel the Love Tonight.

Afterwards, he was greeted by a Cossack band and local officials.

Rostov top brass were impressed by his unassuming ways.

A simple man, the governor called him.