The Piano Man – it’s a Wrap!

Saturday 20th June, AECC welcomed more than 15, 000 fans to its specially built outdoor arena for the Rocket Man’s first Aberdeen performance in 11 years.

In order to bring Elton John to Aberdeen, Elton’s team created a venue from scratch, outdoors on the AECC complex with a full 16, 000 seated capacity. Construction took place over five days prior to the evet, which involved the installation of 11, 000 flat floor seats, 5, 000 tiered seats along with 1, 000 floor bars and 50 tonnes of metal being used to secure the seating.

You can watch the build-up and break-down time-lapse video here


The first concert of its kind for the venue, which involved almost double that of the standard stage in the GE Oil & Gas Arena, this event was set to be a very special event from the beginning.

Elton John’s supporting act on the night was Bright Light Bright Light, the moniker of Welsh-born Rod Thomas. Talking about his experience touring with Elton John, Thomas said “Nobody else goes out of their way like he does to help new musicians… and getting to watch his set every night after I play is the best reward in the world!”

Undeniably one of the most acclaimed and adored artists of all time, Elton John’s spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences worldwide and since his career began in 1969, he has played more than 3, 500 concerts in over 80 countries.

Gig-goers were treated to a 2 hour set by the legendary Rocket Man and his five-piece band that all enjoyed every moment of this first-of-its-kind gig at AECC and encouraged fans to get up and dance the night away with them. Drummer of Elton’s band, Nigel Olsson has been with Elton since the very early days of his musical career and was a crowd pleaser with his infectious grin.

Photos from the night can be found on our Facebook Page





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