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Sir Elton John to open BBC Electric Proms (2010)

Sir Elton John

Story by Jack Foley

SIR Elton John will open this year’s BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms at London’s Roundhouse venue, it has been confirmed.

The singing legend will perform tracks from his new studio album, The Union, with Leon Russell. He will also collaborate with rapper Plan B and hotly-tipped balladeer Rumer.

Confirming the news via a personal statement, Sir Elton said he was “delighted” to launch the musical event, which starts on October 28, 2010. The show will take place at the Roundhouse venue as well as being broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

He continued: “I’m delighted to be kicking off this year’s Radio 2 Electric Proms, particularly as I’ll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes.

“The performance will feature some very special guests and memorable moments.”

The BBC is expected to announce more acts for the festival later this week.

Tickets for the festival, which stages special collaborations and one-off performances, will become available later this month.

Past performers at the Electric Proms have included Sir Paul McCartney, who played Eleanor Rigby with a string quartet, and Dame Shirley Bassey.