Sting, Elton John arrive in Manila for concerts

Posted at 12/08/2012 4:52 PM | Updated as of 12/09/2012 12:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – British superstars Sting and Elton John have arrived in Manila for separate concerts in the Philippines.

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, populary known by his stage name Sting, reportedly arrived in the country early Saturday. The "Every Breath You Take" hitmaker, 61, is set for the Manila stop of his "Back to Bass" concert tour at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday.

music icons Sting and Sir Elton John

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer and environmental activist was initially set to perform at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, but decided to switch venues when he learned of the "earth-balling" controversy at SM Baguio early this year.

English singer-songwriter Elton John, meanwhile, is also in the country for his first concert here. He arrived Saturday from Taiwan via a private jet at around 4:00 p.m., according to a report published on news site Inquirer.net.

John -- who has sold over 250 million records over his four-decade career -- will perform on Saturday (December 8), also at the Big Dome, as part of the concert series "40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man."