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Elton John performs at Mayan pyramids

 
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WTF! How can someone do a concert, which isn't a fundraiser, in Peru at the moment? They have been having landslides and floods, the country side is still dangerous and people have died. Chile is still cleaning up and still quaking.

The show must go on, for some people to make money and try to impress. Maybe the Baja quakes are due to God's anger.

Elton John performs at Mayan pyramids

5th April 2010

POP legend Elton John has entertained thousands of fans at an open air concert at the ancient Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza in southeastern Mexico.

POP legend Elton John has entertained thousands of fans at an open air concert at the ancient Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza in southeastern Mexico.

Nearly 6000 spectators who paid between $US80 and $US800 ($A90 and $A870) per ticket heard some of the British singer-songwriter's most popular classics, with the pre-Hispanic Temple of Kukulkan as a backdrop.

Saturday's 90-minute concert went ahead amidst the majestic pyramids despite indigenous leaders' complaints and an accident on Thursday that saw the stage collapse, injuring three workers.

Local Mayan leaders complained the concert was irreverent and out of place. They said Thursday's accident was the work of "aluxes," the Mayan culture's equivalent of fairies, who were upset because their gods' permission for the concert was lacking.

At the concert, John cheered fans with hits like Sacrifice, Tiny Dancer and Rocket Man. He closed the show with The Circle of Life.

Ever since his arrival on Saturday afternoon on a private jet from London, John was protected by a police and military operation with hundreds of officers who also set up roadblocks at the entrances to the archaeological site. He was scheduled to leave Mexico within hours of his performance.

The state of Yucatan, home to Chichen Itza, is considered one of the safest in Mexico, where a brutal drug war has killed over 15,000 people in the past three years.

John was the fourth major international star to perform at Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after British soprano Sarah Brightman (2009), Spanish tenor Placido Domingo (2008) and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1997).

These events have triggered protests by some indigenous leaders, who accuse the Yucatan government of jeopardising what remains of the ancient ceremonial site to profit from elitist performances.

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