Sir Elton John booed in Sunderland for reminiscing about first-ever gig in Newcastle | The Sun

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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