The Rocket Man, Elton John, has been officially recognized for blasting his way into the record books Down Under.

Michael Jacobsen, chairman of Arena Management, presented the veteran singer with a plaque Monday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre "to mark his record-breaking 41st appearance at this venue."

Australian singer John Farnham previously held the SEC record with 37 dates.

John noted that the SEC achievement was his third-greatest streak, bettered only by his 153 shows at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, and 60 performances at Madison Square Garden in N.Y. "That itself shows you how much I love coming to Sydney," he quipped.

Jacobsen also told the 9,600-strong crowd that this year marked the 40th anniversary of the British superstar's songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, "one of the greatest partnerships in show business, even if not always acknowledged by the broader music community."

John flew into Sydney with his band specifically for show, to help commemorate the 25th anniversary of the venue this month. The artist was already in the region, having decided to complete dates in Perth (May 10) and Darwin (May 17) as he had missed them on his November 2007 solo tour for Michael Chugg Entertainment.

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