The world-renowned Rocket Man made history when he touched down in Chesterfield on Saturday night.
More than 15,000 adoring fans descended upon the B2net Stadium to watch global megastar Sir Elton John unleash a two-hour musical extravaganza in the biggest ever concert to be staged in the town.
Show organisers and Chesterfield folk now hope Sir Elton’s successful performance will lure more major international stars to the home of the Spireites – transforming the town into a leading entertainment hotspot.
The legendary performer thrilled crowds with a string of timeless classics including Your Song, I’m Still Standing, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.
Speaking during the spectacular sell-out gig, Sir Elton said: “I never thought I would ever play in Chesterfield. It is truly amazing.”
The 65-year-old rocker thanked Chesterfield folk and the town’s football club for supporting the show.
And after torrential downpours threatened to scupper the performance, he said: “Thank you God for stopping the rain and keeping it dry for tonight’s gig.”
Concert promoters Marshall Arts said the hotly-anticipated show – the first at the B2net – could see Chesterfield become one of the UK’s top entertainment venues.
Promoter Ben Martin said: “The B2net is a fantastic location. We’re confident that following the resounding success of this performance, people will be asking ‘who’s coming to Chesterfield next’?”
Much excitement surrounded the one-night-only gig, which was exclusively announced by the Derbyshire Times in September.
Chesterfield-based firm Jacksons the Bakers made a monster grand piano cake for sweet-toothed fans. It took 25 hours to make and contained 8kg of flour, 4.5kg of sugar and scores of eggs.
Trevor Jackson, managing director, said: “We hope everyone enjoyed their slice.”
Derbyshire Times photographer Bernard Jones was there on the night.
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For further coverage on the concert, see this week’s Derbyshire Times.