Elton John cancels Hong Kong concerts
February 14, 1997
Web posted at: 5:00 p.m. EST (2200 GMT)
LONDON (CNN) -- If he can't play loud, Elton John's not
playing at all.
The British rock star, known as the Crocodile Rocker by
admiring fans, pulled the plug on two planned concerts in
Hong Kong to mark the end of British rule.
The decision was made because local officials refused to
budge on noise restrictions. Local authorities had suggested
fans at Hong Kong's open-air, 40,000-seat stadium wear
headphones during the concert -- a proposal that caused an
The South China Morning Post scoffed: "The city with noise
pollution that shatters the nerves of citizens on 364 days of
the year is now going to turn a pop concert on the 365th into
a mime act."
Elton John's agent, Simon Prytherch, said in a statement that
the noise-level waiver was inappropriate.
"It will therefore be impossible to stage the concerts," the
The stadium, where the concerts were to be held, has a 70-
decibel noise limit, paltry by the standards of the
Hong Kong, a British colony for over 150 years, reverts to
Chinese rule on July 1, 1997. The singer would have been
among the first big names booked for ceremonies marking the
Reuters contributed to this report.
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