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Elton announced for Perth Arena gig
Elton announced for Perth Arena gig

Pop legend Sir Elton John will perform at Perth Arena on November 12, two days after fellow Brit George Michael is scheduled to become the first international artist to play the new entertainment venue.

The gig will kick off the 65-year-old knight's 16th tour of Australia and follows hot on the heels of Sir Elton's performance for 13,000 fans at the Burswood Dome last December.

"I hold a special place in my heart for Perth," Sir Elton said. "It was the first place I ever played in Australia, in 1971, and I have always enjoyed the city and its people.

"We are honoured to be asked to help in celebrating the opening week of the Perth Arena."

Promoter Michael Chugg said that the Rocket Man will set a high standard for performers in the 15,500-capacity venue, which is due to host an event featuring local acts on November 2 before the first official gig starring Michael on November 10.

"We've all been eagerly awaiting the opening of Perth's premier new venue and to have one of the world's greatest showmen, Sir Elton John, perform in their opening week sets the tone for what this venue will do for the live music scene in WA," Mr Chugg said.

Sir Elton, who cancelled shows in Las Vegas in May after being hospitalised with a respiratory infection, will only play in Perth, Canberra and Sydney on the upcoming tour.

The news of his concert follows announcements of shows at Perth Arena for Michael, alternative rockers Weezer and boy band One Direction.

More big name acts are expected to unveil dates at the venue in the near future.

Tickets for Sir Elton go on sale August 6.

The music icon is expected to return to the top of the UK charts with the release of Good Morning to the Night, an album featuring Sir Elton's 1970s recordings remixed by Sydney pop duo Pnau.