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The 80s gave Elton the chance to tour Australia in partnership with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and later in the decade ‘Sacrifice’ became Elton’s first UK solo #1 single.

1982

Left: Christmas Eve 1982 at the Hammersmith Apollo. (Photo: Mark Giles) Right: A 1982 publicity shot.

1982 - Elton onstage during the European Jump Up! tour.
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1982 - Elton onstage during the European Jump Up! tour.

1984

Breaking Hearts

Breaking Hearts

Elton’s 18th studio album was certified platinum by the RIAA and reached #20 on the Billboard 200 chart. This album sparked three hit singles: In Neon, Sad Songs (Say So Much) and Who Wears These Shoes?.

Elton John - Sad Songs (Say So Much).

1985

Introduced by his friend, Billy Connolly, Elton took to the stage at 8.50pm to perform to the Live Aid crowd in Wembley Stadium and around the world.

We just got the news that this concert is being shown on 95% of the televisions on Earth. Say hello to the world! So, hello everybody on Earth...
Billy Connolly

1986

December 1986 - Elton john dressed as Mozart in a costume designed by Bob Mackie on the tour of Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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December 1986 - Elton john dressed as Mozart in a costume designed by Bob Mackie on the tour of Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Tour de Force

From November 5 to December 14, 1986, Elton toured Australia with his 14-member band…augmented by the 88-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and conductor James Newton Howard, who had played keyboards in Elton’s band from 1975 to 1981.

 The final show, at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, resulted in the live album Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

The Elton John band were a hard act to follow according to Phil Collins - lead singer of rock band Genesis - who was due to play the SEC after Elton's run had ended.

... as we came off stage, Phil Collins jumped down next to me and walked backstage with us and ... he turned to me and said, “Well, Charlie…how the f*ck do we follow that??
Charlie Morgan - Drummer with the Elton John Band

Candle In The Wind - Live From Australia in 1986.

1989

1989 - Elton John and Bernie Taupin during a photoshoot for Sleeping With The Past. (Photo: Herb Ritts)

1989 - Elton John and Bernie Taupin during a photoshoot for Sleeping With The Past. (Photo: Herb Ritts)

Elton releases his 23rd studio album

In the August of 1989, Elton released his 23rd studio album featuring his first UK #1 single: Sacrifice. The album was dedicated to his life-long song writing partner Bernie Taupin and featured two other #1 chart toppers for the billboard contemporary chart - Healing Hands and Club At The End of The Street.

Elton John - Sacrifice.