Elton John celebrates 70th birthday and 50-year partnership with Bernie Taupin

Tomorrow, March 25, a gala fundraising event celebrating Elton John’s 70th birthday and his 50-year writing partnership with Bernie Taupin will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the UCLA Hammer Museum. Held at Red Studios in Los Angeles, the evening will be hosted by Rob Lowe and will feature a gala dinner and special musical performances by Lady Gaga and other surprise guests.

Watch a short film with a selection of highlights
from Elton’s amazing career here.

In keeping with Elton's commitment to philanthropy, he is eager to leverage the celebration of his 70th birthday and his amazing songwriting collaboration with Bernie Taupin in order to support two worthy causes that are the driving passions of his life: ending the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, and art in all its many forms. To that end, this event will raise urgently needed money to help fund the grant-making initiatives of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and exhibitions and programs at the Hammer Museum in LA.

This very special evening will honor the many strands of an unrivalled career and life that still continue to enrich, enthrall, and inspire. Elton John is a true musical and cultural iconoclast, with a record that speaks for itself. He has achieved worldwide sales of over 250 million records and has 58 Billboard Top 40 singles in the United States. He has written the music for the stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida, and Disney's cinematic and theatrical sensation The Lion King. A tireless live performer, Elton has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries. He has collected 12 Ivor Novello Awards, six GRAMMYS®, two Brits, an Oscar®, and a Tony. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has received a knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1998. He is a tireless charitable campaigner and philanthropist, notoriously outspoken for the causes he believes in. Elton John is an undisputed pop culture legend. His knowledge and championing of new music has helped many new artists achieve recognition and success. He is constantly moving forward, never resting on his laurels, never becoming complacent, predictable, or dull.

Of his career with Bernie Taupin, Elton simply says, "It's the same excitement now as when we first started. That this year marks the 50th anniversary of my partnership with Bernie Taupin is mind boggling for me because it seems like only yesterday that I met him. It's an amazing achievement to stay with one person for 50 years on a creative basis, in an industry where that doesn't really happen very much."

On reaching his 70th year, Elton notes, "I'm interested in moving forward all the time, with what I create, my collaborations, and also with discovering the work of other people. I think age is immaterial, provided we keep our minds alive by being open to new things. I can be as excited by a new artist who plays me their demo as I am by a new record of one of my musical heroes. I can be excited by playing a new city I've never played before, or revisiting somewhere I know well and seeing how it's changed. Life is a constant state of flux for us all, and I like to embrace that. I also feel very happy to use my position to bring attention to injustice in the world, and to try to help where I can. At this time in my life I'm the happiest I have ever been."

Bernie Taupin says of Elton, "It's been an unconventional partnership and while we pretty much patented the two-rooms technique I'd venture to say you'd be hard pressed to find a couple of songwriters more in sync with each other and their craft".

Elton John and his band perform across the UK this Summer on his Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. Full details and tickets here.

P!nk announces second show in Berlin

Due to sensational demand a second and final show has been added to P!nk’s run of European Summer shows. The new date is Saturday, 12 August.
 
Tickets for the new show will go on public sale on Friday, 23 March at 10:00AM CET.
 
In addition to these two Berlin concerts exclusive to Germany, P!nk will only be appearing this summer at the Sziget Festival in Budapest on 9 August , and co-headlining the Virgin V-Festival in the UK on 19 & 20 August.

P!nk announces Summer dates in Hungary and Germany

A further two dates have been added to P!nk’s European summer tour. On Wednesday, August 9th P!nk will perform at Sziget Festival, Budapest before heading to Berlin to play the Waldbuhne on Friday, August 11th. Announced last month, P!nk will round off her visit to Europe by playing the Virgin V Festival on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.
 
Since her debut in 2000, P!nk (Alecia Moore) has released seven records, sold over 60 million albums, over 130 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide. She is the recipient of three GRAMMY® Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People's Choice Awards and was named Billboard's "Woman of the Year" in 2013. 
 
She has just released a new single with Producer and DJ-Duo Stargate and Australian superstar Sia: “Waterfall”!

Tickets for Sziget Festival are on sale now here. Tickets for Berlin go on sale to the public on Friday, March 24 at 10AM (CET) here.

Steps add dates in Birmingham and Cardiff due to demand

Due to huge demand Steps have added two extra dates, in Birmingham & Cardiff, to the ‘Party On The Dancefloor’ tour.

Saturday 9 December - Genting Arena, Birmingham
Sunday 10 December - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday 24 March.

Party On The Dancefloor full tour dates:

November 2017
Sunday 12 - Belfast SSE Arena
Monday 13 - Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 14 - Belfast SSE Arena
Thursday 16 - Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Friday 17 - Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Arena
Saturday 18 - Liverpool Echo Arena
Monday 20 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 21 - Leeds First Direct Arena
Thursday 23 - Brighton Centre
Friday 24 - London The O2
Saturday 25 - London The SSE Arena, Wembley
Monday 27 - Bournemouth BIC
Tuesday 28 - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 29 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

December 2017
Friday 01 - Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Saturday 02 - Manchester Arena
Sunday 03 - Manchester Arena
Tuesday 05 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Wednesday 06 - Liverpool Echo Arena
Thursday 07 - Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Saturday 09 December - Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 10 December - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Don't miss the return of Steps later this year. Book tickets here.

Steps add five extra dates to their arena tour due to phenomenal demand

Steps are well and truly back! After announcing their return just one week ago to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, they have released their new single Scared Of The Dark to rapturous response, topped the iTunes singles chart, performed on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and sold out several of their UK tour dates.
        
Today they continue the good run of news with the announcement that, due to phenomenal demand, they are adding five extra dates to their Party On The Dancefloor UK & Ireland arena tour. The extra dates will take place in Belfast, Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow (full dates below) and will go on sale on Thursday at 9am, with a pre-sale starting tomorrow. Tickets for the 20-date tour can be purchased from axs.com and ticketmaster.co.uk.

The five-piece, consisting of Claire Richards, Lee Latchford-Evans, Faye Tozer, Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Lisa Scott-Lee, released their riotous, bombastic single Scared Of The Dark last week and within a few hours it had knocked Ed Sheeran off the top of the iTunes chart. The track is the first taster of Tears On The Dancefloor, their new album out April 21st. 

The band have scored fourteen consecutive top 5 singles, sold over 20 million records and reached Number One with three albums and three singles. They are BRIT award winning and hold the record for the most consecutive sold-out nights at Wembley. 

‘Party On The Dancefloor’ Tour Dates (new dates in bold):

November 2017
Sunday 12 - Belfast SSE Arena
Monday 13 - Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 14 - Belfast SSE Arena
Thursday 16 - Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Friday 17 - Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Arena
Saturday 18 - Liverpool Echo Arena
Monday 20 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 21 - Leeds First Direct Arena
Thursday 23 - Brighton Centre
Friday 24 - London The O2
Saturday 25 - London The SSE Arena, Wembley
Monday 27 - Bournemouth BIC
Tuesday 28 - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 29 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

December 2017
Friday 01 - Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Saturday 02 - Manchester Arena
Sunday 03 - Manchester Arena
Tuesday 05 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Wednesday 06 - Liverpool Echo Arena
Thursday 07 - Glasgow The SSE Hydro

Céline Dion's London shows join The O2's 10th Birthday

The O2 today announces that legendary music icon Céline Dion will be joining The O2’s Birthday celebrations as she returns to the iconic venue with her LIVE 2017 tour, which lands at The O2 on 20th and 21st June. Dion joins Alt-J and Jamiroquai as part of a series of gigs in honour of The O2’s 10th Birthday.

Dion returns to The O2 after nine years, she last performed there on May 8th, 2008. One of the most successful and widely respected female performers in music history, Céline will visit cities that have not witnessed a performance from her since 2008’s Taking Chances World Tour, which became the second highest-grossing tour by a solo artist. Tickets for the LIVE 2017 tour including The O2 10th Birthday shows are available at theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202.

Exclusive VIP packages for the Céline Dion LIVE 2017 London shows are also available. Choose from several options including amazing reserved seats, limited edition memorabilia and more!

Céline Dion said: "I am excited to return to London and The O2 this June and be part of the venue celebrating 10 incredible years… we will have some amazing nights there!” 

The O2’s 10th Birthday shows are a week-long series of unique shows giving fans a chance to come together and witness their favourite acts at one of the most iconic entertainment venues of the decade. Since its launch in 2007, The O2 has become one of the most successful, and recognisable music and entertainment venues in the world. It has played host to unforgettable live experiences for over 60 million fans of music, sport, exhibitions, award shows and more.

Céline Dion returns to the UK this June & July. Full tour details here.

Paul McCartney set to return to The Budokan this April

A special concert announced after selling out three shows at the Tokyo Dome, Paul McCartney is set to return to The Budokan on Tuesday 25th April, 2017.

Almost two years to the day since Paul McCartney rocked The Budokan for the second history making time in his career, music’s most revered icon has announced he’ll be returning to one of Japan’s most sacred venues with his all new One on One tour for a special concert on Tuesday 25th April.  The announcement follows Paul selling out three nights at the massive Tokyo Dome.  This show is set to be the biggest music event in Japan in 2017.

Speaking about his return Paul said “The Budokan is such a special venue for me.  I have amazing memories from first visiting in the 60s and then again on our last tour.  I was already excited to be returning to Japan but with the news of the three Dome shows selling out and now this extra date I can’t wait to get back with the band and celebrate!” 

In 2015 Paul performed an emotionally charged two-hour concert, including 28 songs, at The Budokan as part of his Out There tour.  His return made global headlines as Macca-mania swept Japan, with over 5000 people lining the streets around the venue with press reports claiming the venue shook with the audience reaction!  As part of the show Paul performed ‘Another Girl’ for the first time. 

The Beatles were the first ever rock band to play at The Budokan, amidst controversy, in 1966, driving the audience wild with a show featuring just eleven tracks.

On New Years Eve Paul made a surprise appearance on Kohaku Uta Gassen to tease his 2017 return to Japan.  Amidst the excitement and speculation that followed Paul confirmed the following day that he’d be bringing his One On One tour to Japan in April – his first live shows of 2017.

The One On One tour launched in the US in 2016 and saw Paul play 41 shows across 12 different countries to over 1.2 million people, winning rave reviews from both concert-goers and media.  The final run of shows in 2016 concluded with Paul’s headlining performance at the now legendary Desert Trip festival in the US.
One On One is the first new Paul McCartney tour since the juggernaut that was the Out There tour came to its stunning conclusion in 2015, the tour included 11 sell out shows in Japan across two separate visits.

The Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show—and so much more: Packed full of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs that have formed the soundtracks of our lives. Paul and his band have played an unparalleled range of venues and locations: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow's Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert 1966, and even one performance broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul's band of the last 10+ years – Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) – the show is never anything short of life-changing.

The One On One tour features a brand new production, as always, utilising state of the art audio and video technology and to ensure an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house. Employing massive screens, lasers, fireworks and, of course, a staggering selection of the best songs ever written or performed, every Paul McCartney show promises a once in a lifetime evening that transcends and elevates the potential of live music. 

Full 2017 Japanese tour dates here.

Steps announce 2017 arena tour

Steps return for 2017 with a huge UK arena tour, plus a brand-new single and album, marking their twentieth anniversary. 

The band have scored fourteen consecutive top 5 singles, sold over 20 million records and reached Number One with three albums and three singles. They are BRIT award winning and hold the record for the most consecutive sold-out nights at Wembley Arena. 

Their riotous and bombastic new single Scared Of The Dark premieres later this week and will be released on Friday March 10th ahead of the new album Tears On The Dancefloor, out Apr 21st. The album features tracks from the biggest songwriters in pop including Ina Wroldsen (Calvin Harris, Britney Spears), Steve Mac (Jess Glynne, Little Mix), TMS (Years & Years, Sigma), Carl Ryden (The Saturdays, David Guetta), Fiona Bevan (1D, 5SOS) and Metrophonic (Cher, Olly Murs). Tears On The Dancefloor marks the band’s first full album of original material since 2000 and is full of huge pop classics that are sure to get everyone back on the dancefloor. 

Speaking of the forthcoming album, Steps added: “This is the album we think our fans have been waiting for. It was very important for us to have a hint of the past but to try to blend it into modern day music. We think Steps are a little bit of what everyone needs right now. We can’t wait to take the new album plus all our favorite hits out on the road”.

Steps are excited to take the new album on the road and today announced the Party On The Dancefloor Tour. The run kicks off in Dublin on November 13th and hits 13 cities across the UK and Ireland including stops at London’s legendary Wembley Arena and The O2. An exclusive fan ticket pre-sale starts tomorrow, and tickets go on general sale this Friday Mar 10th.  Tickets are available from www.axs.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

‘Party On The Dancefloor’ Tour Dates:

November 2017
Monday 13 - Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 14 - Belfast SSE Arena
Thursday 16 - Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Friday 17 - Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Arena
Saturday 18 - Liverpool Echo Arena
Monday 20 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 21 - Leeds First Direct Arena
Thursday 23 - Brighton Centre
Friday 24 - London The O2
Saturday 25 - London The SSE Arena, Wembley
Monday 27 - Bournemouth BIC
Tuesday 28 - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 29 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

December 2017
Friday 01 - Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Saturday 02 - Manchester Arena