Thursday, April 21, 2011

Elton Coming to Sioux City

Elton John is coming to Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center May 3, the city confirmed in a surprise announcement Wednesday afternoon. Tickets go on sale Monday.

The six-time Grammy winner has been in the news several times this week. Monday John announced the return of his “Million Dollar Piano” show to the Las Vegas Strip for a three-year run at Caesars Palace.

Wednesday night he’ll perform at the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The festival opens with the premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary on Elton John and Leon Russell, “The Union.”

April 29 Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, are also guests to the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London.

An average ticket price of $108.02 makes John the most expensive act currently on tour, according to online concert directory Pollstar. The next-highest prices are for the Eagles, $104.71, and Eric Clapton, $87.71.

Those prices aren’t the best news for cash-strapped concertgoers, but could be good for the Tyson Events Center.

Earlier this month, John’s three-hour concert in Bismarck, N.D., drew nearly 9,000 people to that community’s civic center, bringing in nearly $800,000.

John has won six Grammy Awards and collaborated on more than 30 albums with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin since 1967. He is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time with more than 250 million records sold.

John was set to perform Tuesday night in La Crosse, Wis., but weather postponed the concert. The Sioux City show comes between dates in Rochester, New York and Duluth, Minn. Later in May, John joins the Black Keys and Metallica for a concert in Quebec.

John is known for his longtime involvement in the fight against AIDS and as an advocate of the LGBT social movement.

- Sioux City Journal

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