WATCH: Sudden rain and hail force Elton John to halt Aussie gig

News 03/02/2020

Elton John was forced to prematurely end his Australian concert due to sudden rain with hail.

95 minutes deep into his set at Rochford Wines in Yarra Valley, the downpour and hail came crashing down, causing damage to the instruments onstage.

The legend was just performing his 1973 tune, Funeral for a Friend, before it happened.

Watch a fan-filmed video of the premature end to the song, with John being helped offstage. Ironically, John started his set addressing to the crowd that the weather was "f***ing hot".

The concert organisers acknowledged that John would continue his tour to play at his next scheduled show.

"Unfortunately, due to tonight's short but heavy downpour that occurred 95 minutes into Elton John's set resulting in damage to musical instruments and monitors onstage, the show could not continue," the statement read. "We too are upset about the impact of the weather on tonight's show. Please hang on to your tickets to await further information. As soon as we have any further details, we will let you know. At this stage, tomorrow's show is proceeding as planned."

The singer also pledged $1 million to support the Australian wildfire relief earlier this month while performing at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena.

"There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes. There are people who have lost their lives and their homes," he told the crowd. "Lastly, there's the plight of the animals. A loss of their habitat that frankly is on a biblical scale, and heart-breaking."