, 2023-01-24 02:56:00
Sir Elton John arrives in Christchurch ahead of his show this evening. Photo / George Heard
Rock legend Sir Elton John has jetted into New Zealand for his final shows Down Under.
The 75-year-old Rocket Man landed at Christchurch International Airport at 3.15pm, straight from Newcastle, Australia in his luxurious Isle of Man-registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express private jet.
Kitted out in a purple jumpsuit and Covid mask, Sir Elton was snapped hastily disembarking followed by his entourage before being whisked away in tinted-out SUV.
He has just over three hours before playing his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour show at Christchurch’s Orangetheory Stadium tonight.
Sir Elton fans in old concert T-shirts mingled at the airport perimeter fence with the usual cast of keen planespotters and young amateur photographers trying to get a glimpse of the aged rocker.
The global chart-topper behind Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and dozens more, has just finished performing his final Australian tour, wrapping it up with a concert in Brisbane on Saturday.
It is the superstar singer’s first show in the Garden City in more than 30 years, but also the first international stadium show to come to the South Island in nearly four years.
Sir Elton goes on to play at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
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