Elton John World News: Down Under Shows Expected to Include Elton

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Sunday 15 January 2006 @ 19:26 - GMT

Quite a few ''golden oldies'' are expected to be headed to Australia in 2006 and 2007, acording to the Sunday Telegraph.

They include the Rocket Man, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, The Who and Queen. The relative strength of the Australian dollar against the U.S. greenback is assisting local promoters bidding for international artists.

The Rolling Stones are rumoured to be performing at Aussie Stadium in April, following tours of Japan and New Zealand. The Stones' long-time Australian promoter, Paul Dainty, declined to comment. "We would be interested in having them, but nothing has been confirmed," an Aussie Stadium spokesperson said.

One local promoter, who requested anonymity, said Elton was likely to tour the area within 12 months. As of this writing, he is scheduled to play 36 gigs in the first half of 2006, but only in the States, the UK and Europe.

His former touring mate, Billy Joel, began his first solo tour a week ago in Florida, and is likely to be in Australia early next year, a senior music industry source said.

Veteran acts already booked to tour Australia this year include Olivia Newton-John, Iggy Pop, James Brown and Stevie Nicks.

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