Wednesday, February 17, 2010

2 More Texas Concerts in the Works

Elton John to play UT's Erwin center

Elton John and his band will appear at the Frank Erwin Center on April 10, it was confirmed Tuesday. Tickets, priced at $125, $85 and $45, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Texas Box Offices, which include most area H-E-Bs and the Erwin Center box office.

When Sir Elton last played the Erwin Center in August 1998, he set the box-office record at the 18,000 seat venue. Luciano Pavarotti later topped the mark, which still stands, with a $1.2 million gross.

— Michael Corcoran

Pop and rock ’n’ roll fans were excited Tuesday by a rumor on the Internet that hinted at an Elton John concert booked at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

Kent Meredith, director of the United Spirit Arena, said Tuesday no repeat appearance by Elton John at the USA has been “confirmed or contracted yet.”

Meredith did not deny United Spirit Arena officials are attempting to book John.

He said, “Until we have a contract in hand and the promoter calls us and says, ‘These are the ticket prices and this is the date we want to put them on sale,’ anything can happen. It is a hard and fast rule that we respect the wishes of the artist’s management.”

Meredith said Lubbock is viewed as a city which traditionally supports most concerts booked here.

“But when a promoter is sitting in Houston and he is looking at all the cities where he can take a show, Lubbock is not going to be at the top of the list, simply because of our location and possible routing challenges,” he said. “So we don’t want to do anything that could result in us losing a concert.”

The implication is promoters have the option to take shows elsewhere if their rules are not followed implicitly.

John headlined the first concert at the United Spirit Arena, attracting more than 14,000 fans to a solo performance that saw seats sold in all sections, including those behind the stage.

According to the entertainer’s Web site, John plans to “return to Texas” in April with his full band. The only concert confirmed on the site Tuesday was John’s appearance in Corpus Christi on April 6.


UPDATE: The Lubbock concert is rumoured for April 9.

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