August 21, 2002 01:00 PM

In his more than 30-year career, Sir Elton John has been knighted, he’s done a duet with Eminem and he’s performed a concert in New York’s Central Park wearing a duck suit. So why, then, has it taken him so long to perform in India? The 55-year-old performer now plans to rectify that. Sir Elton is making preparations to stage a concert in the southern India city of Bangalore in November, the Associated Press reports. Bangalore was chosen over Bombay because India’s film and entertainment capital lobs a hefty 50 percent entertainment tax and a 10 p.m. curfew on live performances. John, who’s coming off the success of his October 2001 album “Songs from the West Coast,” has not yet set a date for the concert. It’s been a year of firsts for the singer: In April, John made his first trip to Capitol Hill, appealing to Congress to provide more funding in the global fight against AIDS. Meanwhile, another big political appearance is coming September 18, when John will perform at a fund-raiser for former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who’s running for Governor of Florida.

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