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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 17:33 GMT 18:33 UK
Sir Elton plays Kremlin gig
Sir Elton John in Budapest
Sir Elton played to 300,000 fans in Budapest on Sunday
Sir Elton John has played at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, the only Russian date on his world tour.

Sir Elton's show took place in the 6,000-steater venue, a modern building in the Kremlin complex which was originally built for political party conferences.

Tickets, costing between $20 (12) and $1,000 (600), sold out several weeks ago, according to Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

On Sunday, he played to an estimated 300,000 Hungarian fans in a Budapest square in one of the biggest shows of his five-month tour.

Sir Paul McCartney in Red Square
Sir Paul McCartney played a recent gig in Red Square
The Moscow gig comes exactly one month after another UK singing legend, Sir Paul McCartney, set Moscow alight with a concert in Red Square.

Sir Elton flew in by private jet on Monday and organisers told Itar-Tass: "Elton John was greatly disappointed by the weather in Moscow, which greeted him with rain."

The Kremlin Palace also has hits own ballet company as well as hosting rock gigs.

Tina Turner, Sting, Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart are among the stars who have played there in the past.

Sir Elton will fly from Moscow to Sweden, where he will continue his tour.

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