Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Elton to Say Goodbye to Rapid City and Billings
The itinerary is:
October 6 – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD
October 7 – Rimrock Auto Arena at Metrapark, Billings, MT
John will play the civic center's Barnett Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 6 for one night only in what his tour manager referred to as "The Curtain is Slowly Lowering Tour," a nod to the fact Sir Elton probably won't ever return to smaller Midwest venues like Rapid City or Sioux Falls.
"He has a strong desire to play as many places as possible before the final curtain drops," said DC Parmet, John's tour manager. "So if seeing Elton is on your list of things to do, you better go on Oct. 6."
Parmet said the tour probably also will include stops in Boise, Idaho and maybe some other mid-sized cities.
Parmet said that in addition to playing frequently in Las Vegas, John has played in every U.S. state and Canadian province and in 90 countries overall.
"Elton likes to play everywhere, and when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. He's always been one of those artists that will reach out to a market to play to his fans instead of just playing large markets," Parmet said. "He's a performer; he's a working man, and you've got to love him for that."
But Parmet said John is slowing down a bit in order to spend more quality time with his two children, born to surrogate mothers for John and his husband, David Furnish. "He wants to do all the little things that really make parenthood fun," Parmet said.
"I have witnessed thousands of Elton John shows, and I have never heard a bad one," said Parmet, John's tour manager since 1997. "Elton is so passionate about what he does; he's not the kind of artist to phone it in or use technology in a funny way or as a crutch."
Parmet said John's set list of songs remains fairly structured from night to night, but that regardless, no two shows are ever the same.
"I've seen him play Crocodile Rock a thousand times, and each time it's a little different," he said. "It's like the same menu, let's say, but the meal is different every time."
He promised fans will enjoy the show, because John and his band place additional pressure on themselves when doing a one-night-only performance. "We want to give the folks in Rapid City the best show we've got," he said. "If it's not right on Oct. 6, we can't just come back and make it right the next day."
- ej.com/rapid city journal