Elton John Concert Cut Short As Powerful Storm Causes Damage Onstage
Powerful storms that swept through large parts of Victoria on Friday night forced Elton John to cancel an outdoor performance in the Yarra Valley while the legendary musician was midway through his set.
Sir Elton was just over an hour and a half into the show when a heavy downpour and strong winds lashed the Rochford Wines vineyard where the concert was being held, leaving both the singer and the crowd soaked.
10 daily has been told the rain pelted down onto crowds and the stage for about 10 minutes as the singer continued to play. Assistants ran on stage with ponchos to try and cover Sir Elton from the rain before he was eventually forced to stop playing and helped off the stage.
Shortly after, punters were told the legendary singer would not be returning to finish the show, despite the rain stopping a short time later.
An announcement played from the stage also told concertgoers to hold onto their tickets and promised that the 'Rocket Man' singer would organise to come back with "something special" another time.
Organisers of the 'A Day On The Green' event issued a statement on Facebook shortly after saying the "short but heavy downpour" resulted in damage to musical instruments and monitors on stage.
"The show could not continue," the post read.
"We too are upset about the impact of the weather on tonight’s show."
A second show scheduled for Saturday night was still scheduled to proceed, the organisers said.
The severe storm caught many by surprise, with concertgoers earlier commenting about sweltering temperatures at the start of the show.
But powerful storms that lashed parts of the state saw wind gusts of up to 146 kilometres per hour recorded at Fawkner Beacon and 107 kilometres at St Kilda Harbour.
The severe thunderstorms had eased around the Melbourne area by around 9pm, but warnings for damaging winds and heavy rainfall were still in place for large parts of the rest of the state.
"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours," the Bureau of Meteorology warned.
"Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne and Traralgon."
The heavy rain also briefly stopped play during the Australian Open men's semi-final match between Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.
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