Elton was determined his fans would not be bugged during an open-air concert in Turkey, reported The Express on July 19, 2001.
To save his followers from being bitten by mosquitos, Elton had 200 citronella candles flown out to keep fans' tables bugfree. The lemonscented chemical is reputed to be one of the most effective insect repellents and the candles burn for 15 hours.
Gary Shapland, 32, managing director of The Wax Workshop at Worthing, Sussex, England, which supplied the order, enthuses: "If they are good enough for Elton, they are good enough for anyone."
Here is how Turkey's Anadolu News Agency on July 18, 2001, reported Elton's historic show. Erroneous reference to the Candle in the Wind version preserved (he never performs THAT version):
World famous musician Sir Elton John fascinated his listeners at the 2000-year old Ephesus Ancient Theater at a concert on Tuesday night as part of the 15th Izmir International Culture and Art Festival.
Elton John sang 20 songs which were popular in the last 25 years. He also sang Candle in the Wind which he sang at the funeral of Lady Diana.
Hundreds of candles were used both for decoration and illumination on the stage creating a beautiful effect with the marble coloumns of the theater.
Elton John's concert was broadcast on the internet by Microsoft company. Cameramen were able to take pictures of the famous singer only during his first song. About 15,000 listeners who came to listen to Elton John formed long lines before the concert and some of them protested the security forces.