SIR Elton John was booed in Sunderland — for mentioning a gig in their rival city.
The Rocket Man, 75, was telling his fans about his first-ever concert in the North East — at Newcastle’s City Hall in 1971.
But some of the 30,000 crowd at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light began to boo — causing Elton to smile and apologise.
He said: “Sorry — I can’t help it.
"There was nowhere to play in Sunderland so I couldn’t help it.”
He then praised North East audiences, saying to cheers: “I will never forget the love and loyalty and kindness you have shown me over the years.”
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Musician Michael Arnell, 60, who was in the crowd, said: “It was hilarious.
Newcastle is the rival city and there is no love lost between the two sets of football fans.
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Elton would have known that because of his interest in football — but I suspect even he was taken aback by the reaction.”
The show was part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, Elton’s last live concerts.
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