British superstar musician Elton John (Pinner, England, 1947) is expected to land early next Tuesday 18 in Gran Canaria ahed of his scheduled performance in the Las Palmas Gran Canaria Arena. He will play two more dates in Spain on Thursday 20 in Marbella at the Starlite festival, and at the end of the year, on December 3 in Barcelona. This is his first official visit to Gran Canaria, and his second to the archipelago after performing in January 2008 on the south of Tenerife, in Arona.
More than 30 rooms and a presidential suite have been ordered at a five star hotel, although sources close to the production suggest that the star himself might not stay overnight, having at his disposal a private jet that allows him to travel at his own convenience.
The local Spanish newspapers have been respectful towards the much loved living legend, though nothing outrageous there have been some raised eyebrows at some of the details of his management’s requests, which include an all white dressing room, though cream will reportedly do, a sofa or armchair, with cushions that can be removed as needed, and plenty of plants and flowers including at least a dozen ficus and palm trees, as well as a dozen other green plants and vases of flowers, preferably roses , and others that should be neither geraniums nor chrysanthemums.
The star cannot go without a good cup of tea, and so quality British brands are to be made available throughout his time on the island, along with various types of wine, San Pellegrino water and soft drinks for his entrourage.
Jet and Limousines
Arriving by private jet, at least 18 hours before the concert, he has asked the production office for two limos that will await him at the foot of the runway once he lands on Gran Canaria, these vehicles are to be at his disposal with chauffeur included, for as long as he is on the island. He travels with his security team, the artistic and technical staff are made up of thirty people, for whom he has also requested another 30 rooms as well as the presidential suite for himself and the band.
The Gran Canaria production will also add another 40 people to the logistical team between hostesses and ushers, about 50 waiters, as well as around 25 cleaners, and around 40 other technicians- as well as those who will accompany the artist, 30 other security officials, and about 40 people in the catering services.
Elton’s piano travels with him, and will be onstage at the Gran Canaria Arena, in front of a capacity crowd of slightly over 8,000 spectators. There are still some last remaining tickets available for those wanting to take the opportunity to see the legend live, but they are expected to sell out this afternoon.
The 2 hour concert will include classics such as The Bitch Is Back, Bennie and the Jets, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Take Me to the Pilot, Looking Up, Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, I Want Love, Have Mercy on the Criminal, Your Song, Burn Down the Mission, Sad Songs (Say So Much, I’m Still Standing, Crocodile Rock, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting , among others, and of course Candle in the Wind