The Rocket Man will jam in the Palouse for longer than originally expected.
Elton John, who was originally scheduled to perform on the Saturday of Mom’s Weekend at Beasley Coliseum, will perform a second show the following day at 7 p.m. April 13. “We are excited that he can perform not only one, but two shows,” Beasley Coliseum director Leo Udy said. Tickets for the second show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 25. Because so many WSU students were frustrated with the lack of available tickets for the first show, Beasley Coliseum will provide wristbands for students from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 to ensure they have first priority, Udy said. Each wristband will have a random number, which will dictate the order students pick up their tickets.
Wristbands will continue to be distributed as long as there is student demand, Udy said. Only one wristband will be allowed per customer and each student will be allowed to purchase up to four tickets. Ticket prices will be the same as the first show.
Udy said Beasley Coliseum requested a second show as soon as the first show sold out. But the campaign to bring John back for a second show was spearheaded by Mason Roberts, a junior political science major who started a Facebook group.
Roberts said he received an e-mail from an alumnus who encouraged him to “rally the troops.” He organized a meeting in Todd Auditorium, which took place on Feb. 8 with students and administrators. Roberts said he also worked with the President Elson S. Floyd and Dean of Students Lucila Loera and he attempted to contact other media organizations.
“We just wanted to work with the university and have a university-student coalition to create some kind of makeup,” he said. “I am incredibly pleased that we were able to provide a second showing for students.” Elton John’s band will include Davey Johnstone on guitar, Guy Babylon on keyboards, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion and Nigel Olsson on drums. He will perform his greatest hits along with songs from his latest album, “Rocket Man: Number Ones,” which was released in March 2007 and debuted in the top 10. During his legendary career, John has sold more than 200 million records, including 35 gold and 25 platinum records. Student reactions were positive.
“It’s good that it is for the students and for their moms because it is Mom’s Weekend,” junior communication major Randal Hinthorne said. Jodi Prout, a freshman natural resource sciences and fine arts major, agreed.
“I’m pretty impressed,” she said. “It was pretty unfair how they were advertising Elton John across the world, so it’s pretty awesome that he decided to allow the students a second chance.”