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Elton hits the old Brit road again

Elton John yesterday announced his first British tour for six years, which will take in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, two dates in Birmingham and two in London.

On holiday in the south of France, where he is grieving for his friend the murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace, he said he was looking forward to the December tour.

"I'm especially looking forward to playing British cities where I haven't performed for years," he said. His last performance in Britain was at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1994, when he was accompanied only by a percussionist.