Elton John

Elton John has a surprise in store to rescue HMV

Elton John

The HMV chain of music shops may be thrown a lifeline by Sir Elton John after it emerged that the singer plans to perform in one of the company's British stores. He has suggested that big artists could play a role in keeping Britain's last major music retailer on the high street by playing a series of in-store gigs.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 2:59am

Elton John's Hong Kong concert shows timeless talent

Elton John has abandoned theatrics, but he still wowed his Hong Kong fans. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Elton John and Band

Hong Kong Convention and

Exhibition Centre

December 4

Elton John has achieved a kind of timelessness: his concert at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre could have happened, with one or two minor alterations, at any time in the past few decades. And that suits his audience just fine.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:39am

Talking points

Ricky Wong

A specially invited audience gets a first glimpse of the programme line-up for City Telecom's new CTI television station. In the ballroom of the InterContinental in Tsim Sha Tsui, the station's boss, Ricky Wong Wai-kay, shows off trailers of the drama shows on which he is spending HK$1 million per episode. The only catch is that the channel has yet to receive its free-to-air licence from the government, casting doubt on when or where the full shows will ever be broadcast.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:47pm

China media slams Elton John for Ai Weiwei dedication

Elton John appears with Ai Weiwei in a photo posted on the artist's Twitter account. Photo: AFP

A top Chinese daily on Wednesday condemned pop star Elton John for dedicating his Beijing show to dissident artist Ai Weiwei, saying it was disrespectful and could lead to bans on other Western performers.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Ai Weiwei 'deeply touched' by Elton John's concert dedication

British pop star Elton John and dissident artist Ai Weiwei at the concert in Beijing on Sunday night. Photo: AFP

Artist Ai Weiwei, seen by the mainland authorities as a thorn in their sides, said yesterday he was "deeply touched" by pop star Elton John's surprise shout-out at his first concert in Beijing on Sunday night.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:42am 2 comments

Elton John dedicates Beijing concert to Ai Weiwei

Elton John performs with his band in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

A recent shout-out by pop legend Elton John to dissident artist Ai Weiwei at the singer's first concert in Beijing could have easily made it his last there.

In front of a sold-out concert at the MasterCard Centre on Sunday, the British singer dedicated his “whole show” to Ai, who for many years has been mainland officials’ public enemy No 1.

4 Dec 2012 - 9:37pm 1 comment

'Rocket Man' Elton John to return to Hong Kong on anniversary tour

Elton John is doing a tour to mark 40 years since Rocket Man.

Rock's original Rocket Man Elton John will blast into Hong Kong in December on a tour marking the 40th anniversary of one of his most famous hits.

22 Aug 2012 - 10:41am

Who said it?

We must ... continue the scientific concept of development, promote social harmony and improve people's livelihood and welfare

President Hu Jintao spells out the party line

They came to Munich in the spirit of peace and solidarity. We owe it to them to keep the spirit alive and to remember them

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Making a mark

I was told when I first moved to Asia that, out here, business cards are different; they are almost holy. When exchanging them, you hold the top corners ever so precisely. You should nod and bow slightly while inching your card slowly towards the recipient, like penguins exchanging an egg rather than two adults exchanging e-mail addresses.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am


Wild, exuberant prints are poised to be one of the big trends of the coming season. While we are still firmly in the grip of winter, it doesn't hurt to start thinking about what to wear once the mercury begins to shoot up again.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Everybody's talking about the new sound ... but it's still rock 'n' roll to me, says Joel

It's hard to say whether Billy Joel is in a New York state of mind anymore. The legendary piano man is playing his first Hong Kong concert tomorrow night, but he's practically given up the downtown man lifestyle for a more leisurely uptown pace since he stopped releasing new material after 1993's River Of Dreams.

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Sing Elton's praises and win tickets

Yes, he's still standing after all this time! Sir Elton John - piano songsmith turned glam rocker turned flamboyant Broadway musical composer - is celebrating his four-decade-long career with a world tour that began last year.

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

Elton John set to touch down with all the old favourites in his Rocket Man tour

Elton John last performed in Hong Kong in 2004 after a previous planned show around 1997 was apparently scuttled because residents near Hong Kong Stadium complained that he would be too noisy. Well, he is now confirmed to play indoors at the AsiaWorld-Arena on May 20 as part of his Rocket Man tour, which started last year to celebrate his 60th birthday.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits by Elton John

Every now and then a new Elton John compilation appears. The reason is simple: his music is good. After all, his admirers range from Thom Yorke (Radiohead) and Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) to Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, who claims that 'no one writes a melody like him'.

20 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Another test of time for piano man

Every now and then, a new Elton John compilation appears. The reason is simple: his music is good. After all, his admirers range from Thom Yorke (Radiohead) and Billie-Joe Armstrong (Green Day) to Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, who claims that 'no one writes a melody like him'.

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am