Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Elton Adds 3rd Alaskan Show

Sullivan Arena management announced late this afternoon that Elton John has confirmed he will play a second show in Anchorage, on Friday, May 30.

His first show, scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, sold out in a record 58 minutes, according to SMG of Alaska, which manages events at the arena.

"Thanks to the overwhelming response from the Anchorage community for Elton John's Wednesday concert, we are thrilled to announce a second performance set for Friday, May 30. Sir Elton established all time Sullivan Arena ticket sales records," said Joe Wooden, SMG regional general manager.

Tickets for the second show will go on sale next Monday, May 12, at 10 a.m. and may be purchased through Ticketmaster, its outlets or at the Sullivan Arena box office.

They also may be purchased online.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Elton John mania stormed into Anchorage this morning and the British pop star's concert sold out in about 58 minutes, according to promoters.

Sir Elton will be playing at Sullivan Arena on Wednesday, May 28. Anyone interested in going that was not either waiting in line this morning or attempting to purchase them online will have to resort to other means, though, such as Craigslist, eBay or other auction sites.

It's unclear yet exactly how many tickets were made available by SMG of Alaska, the company that manages Sullivan Arena events, although the venue can hold about 8,600 people "at capacity."

SMG managers claimed they were trying to secure a second Elton John show but that nothing was certain. One spokesperson indicated that the public should expect an announcement on a possible second concert sometime later this week.

Concert promoters were hastily attempting to get everyone's name who had waited in line but did not receive a ticket. A "backup list" was created by SMG management that included people who waited in line but did not receive a ticket.

Anyone on the list may get priority if a second show is scheduled.

Some complained about technical difficulties accessing online ticket sales but SMG officials said they knew of none. Long waits were simply due to the immense amount of interest and Internet traffic.

SMG claims the Elton John concert shattered the most recent record-breaking concert at Sullivan Arena, which featured Neil Diamond, in 1999.

The May 29 Elton John concert in Fairbanks broke existing records for ticket sales in Alaska, selling out in a little more than three hours.

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