This Saturday, July 11, Elton John’s Sydney Entertainment Centre Live In Australia 1986 premieres on YouTube – one of the artist’s most epic concert appearances. The broadcast marks the second in Elton’s “Classic Concert Series,” which launched last week in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The concert will stream in its entirety tomorrow, beginning at 9:00 am PST.
The Sydney concert captures the legendary artist during his 26-date Australian “Tour de Force” run in late 1986, which featured the 88-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. While planning the setlist for the orchestral half of the concert, Elton selected songs from his first few albums, many of which he had not performed live for nearly 15 years, as they featured string and horn arrangements. A resulting live album from the tour stayed on the Billboard 200 for 41 weeks, the second-longest of any Elton album since 1975.
The thrilling show kicks off with Elton donning a purple wig, performing “One Horse Town,” into “Rocket Man,” before seamlessly performing from underneath his piano. The setlist includes some of Elton’s most beloved hits, including the triumphant “I’m Still Standing,” the raucous “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” and the wistful “Daniel.” The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra join the artist for a variety of favorites, including “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer.”
“The Elton John: Classic Concert Series” kicked off last Saturday, July 3, with the premiere of Live at Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh from 1976. Over the next few weeks, the series will offer a total of six historic concerts, captured throughout the iconic artist’s career. While all streams are free, donations to the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund are highly encouraged. Established in 1992, the EJAF is one of the leading independent AIDS organizations in the world. During the coronavirus pandemic, the foundation is working tirelessly to continue HIV prevention and care for the most vulnerable people around the globe.
In recent Elton news, the artist confirmed new 2021 dates for his rescheduled “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour. The UK and European dates kick off September 1 in Berlin and conclude in Glasgow on December 14. The artist had previously been due to perform farewell shows in the UK throughout November and December of this year.