Elton John extends fall trek with U.S. shows, Australian gigs

Legendary piano man Elton John has tacked more shows onto his 2012 itinerary, including a handful of Las Vegas residency gigs and a late fall Australian leg. // Tour dates at SoundSpike

Legendary piano man Elton John has tacked more shows onto his 2012 itinerary, including a handful of Las Vegas residency gigs and a late fall Australian leg.

John will first complete a couple of solo Canadian shows before trekking through the Southern U.S., beginning Sept. 11 in Jackson, MS, and pushing through a Sept. 18 performance in Wheeling, WV.

Since last check, another three weekends' worth of Las Vegas "Million Dollar Piano" dates have been added to the schedule: Oct. 10-13, Oct. 18-21 and Oct. 26-28.

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John will then head Down Under for a five-date Australian run that kicks off Nov. 12 in Perth.

Last week, John's long-time bassist Bob Birch was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in his Los Angeles home is what authorities reportedly believe is suicide.

"To me Bob was family," John said in a statement posted at his website."He had been a member of my band for 20 years; we played over 1400 concerts together. He was one of the greatest musicians I have ever worked with, and in all our years on the road he never played or sang a bad note. I cannot find the words to describe this tragic death, and how much I loved him. May he rest in peace."

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September 2012
7 - Sarnia, Ontario - RBC Centre (Solo)
8 - Peterborough, Ontario - Peterborough Memorial Centre (Solo)
11 - Jackson, MS - Mississippi Coliseum
12 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
14 - Tampa, FL - USF Sun Dome
15 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Civic Center
16 - Johnson City, TN - Freedom Hall Civic Center
18 - Wheeling, WV - Wesbanco Arena
21 - London, United Kingdom - Wembley Arena

October 2012
10-13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
18-21 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
26-28 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

November 2012
12 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
14 - Canberra, Australia - Canberra Stadium
15 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Entertainment Centre
20 - Launceston, Australia - Silverdome
23 - Shanghai, China - Mercedes-Benz Arena

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