Eight days til Cairns? Locals vow to show Elton around
THE Premier revealed the biggest showbiz news to hit Mackay on Tuesday.
Elton John will perform at Mackay's BB Print Stadium on September 22 to kick off his regional Once In A Lifetime tour.
But it would be a mistake to come all the way to north Queensland and not get a glimpse of the scenery.
In much the same way the region's accommodation providers, restaurants and tourism operators will plan to piggy-back off the event, the Mackay region also needs to roll out the red carpet for Sir Elton John.
With eight days between his Mackay and Cairns concerts - and only a two hour flight between the two cities - there's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the pleasant things the region has to offer.
Karen Green has been a resident at Langford's Hotel for the past four years. She says he'd do well against the local musical talent who throw their hats in the ring every Thursday evening.
"I think he would be pretty impressed with them. - I think he'd find that Mackay has got the most talented musicians in Australia," she said, suggesting he could use it as a vocal warm-up.
"But we don't have a piano that's probably a drawback - but if they knew Elton John was coming they'd probably get one."
Ms Green said if he did come down, there would be a line of people willing to buy him a drink. "I wonder if he drinks beer, he looks more like a cocktail person to me, but if that's what he wants I'll certainly buy him one," she said.
The manager at Action Charters fishing Charter, Allan Turner, would "most certainly" take Elton John out to the shipping channel.
"I'll take him out, give him a line and see what he can do," Mr Turner said.
"That's the only thing I can do - I can't help him reel it in, he's got to do it himself for him to catch a fish - or otherwise it's not counted.
"I wonder if he'd give me a free ticket to the show (if I took him out) - a couple of tickets, one for my wife too!"
It's a well known fact that Sir Elton John loves flowers, and local ones too.
The owner of Hamilton's Florist Wendy Henderson said she'd "probably have a heart attack" if walked into her store, but then he'd be just like any other customer.
"He would want something really huge, but we would be able to cater for him, it wouldn't be a problem," Mrs Henderson said. "I've seen the arrangements he has at his place, they are huge, beautiful, over the top and stunning."
What about the fans?
Mayor Greg Williamson says the announcement is "awesome" for Mackay.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase our region, he said. We're going to get a lot of people from all over Australia to see our region and it'll be an outstanding event like we've never before seen," he said.
General tickets go on sale March 14 via moshtix.