ELTON John today announced a gig next June in Widnes as part of his global Wonderful Crazy Night Tour.

The 69-year-old is to play at the town’s "Select Security Stadium", home of the Widnes Vikings Rugby League club, on June 18.

It's the lastest notch on a starry list of venues for the Rocket Man that has included Madison Square Gardens, Radio City Music Hall and residencies in Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.

Around 18,000 tickets will be available at prices between £40 and £80 for what is the biggest pop event in the town since the Stone Roses played Spike Island in 1990.

Though the Beatles did play a series of concerts at the now demolished Queens Hall before they hit the big time.

Tickets for the Elton John concert go on sale at 10am this Friday.

Halton Council’s stadium and culture board member Phil Harris, said: "It will be the first time that the Stadium has hosted an event of this size and shows the ambition of the council in bringing such a major event to the borough.  It should be a wonderful occasion for everyone involved.”

Sir Elton has been awarded 38 gold and 27 platinum albums with sales of his records topping 250 million records worldwide.

The Select Security Stadium is encircled by two major housing estates, with residents used to the cheers and groans of Rugby League fans, depending on the fortunes or misfortunes of the Vikings.

What they will make of Elton's warblings remains to be seen.