ELTON JOHN COULD DEDICATE ONE OF HIS SONGS TO TOFIG BAHRAMOV
Submitted by Maxim
BAKU/18.09.07/TURAN: The arrival of famous British singer Elton John and Elton John Band is expected on September 22 in the second half of the day. E. John will arrive in Azerbaijan on his private plane from Sochi, to a give concert on September 21. Today Elton John is giving a concert in Moscow where he arrived today. The prices for tickets in the Kremlin's palace cost from $100 up to $3,000 (first five rows).
Prices for the concert in the Baku stadium named after Tofig Bahramov (32,000 seats) range from 50 AZN up to $800, and are sold in Nar Mobile shops and the Opera Theater.
The most expensive seats will be in several hundred rows of armchairs being set up for VIP persons. These armchairs are being installed in the stadium expressly for this concert. Representatives of Elton John asked for one million Euro in response to a request from one of Baku TV channels to broadcast the concert.
In Baku E. John will present a concert with "The Elton John Band". In addition to E. John, who traditionally plays the piano, he has five accompanists - a soloist and bass guitar player, synthesizer and electric piano, drummer and percussion.
The list of songs the E. John will perform at the concert in Baku and other cities is not known, but he will certainly perform Crocodile Rock, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, and Candle in the Wind, dedicated to Princess Diana.
According to sources from E. John's entourage, in Baku he will dedicate one song to Tofig Bahramov. This step is explained by the fact that in 1966 Bahramov reckoned the goal of the British forward Herst to the gates of the German combined team in final, and helped England to become a world champion.
It is not excluded that E. John will put flowers on the grave of T.Bahramov at the entrance to the stadium. Such an attitude toward Bahramov is no coincidence, because the famous rock-musician is also a great football fan, and owns the football club "Watford".
E. John's friends include representatives of the royal houses in Europe, popular designers, and other famous persons. He does not conceal his homosexuality, two years ago he married the American producer David Fernish. Their wedding was one of the first officially registered gay-weddings in Great Britain.
In 1992 E. John created the Fund to Fight Against AIDS, and since then part of income from all of his concerts is transferred to the Fund.
According to sources close to the organizers of the concert, E.John will stay in the presidential room of the Hyatt Regency hotel. There are scores of people in his entourage, including technical and service personnel.
According to the preliminary agreed upon list of terms, there must be roses, fresh fruits and goat milk in his room at the hotel.
According to non-confirmed reports, E. John will be received by the president Ilham Aliyev. The sponsor of the concert is SOCAR and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. However, these organizations, could not give a clear answer how much funds were allocated for this visit. Probably the arrival of the great musician was initiated by Aliyev family.
* E. John has been performing for more than 30 years. He has created 40 albums and singles, his songs traditionally are included on lists of the best songs. The Queen of Great Britain knighted him and he must be referred to as sir.