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Elton to play Casper, Wyoming






The Rocket Man touches down at the Casper Events Center at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

Sir Elton John and his band will perform many of his greatest hits in the third concert of the U.S. leg of the Rocket Man-Number Ones tour, according to a news release from the City of Casper’s Leisure Services Department.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Ticket prices were not announced as of press time.

The City of Casper embargoed the media’s announcement of the concert until today.

“This will be one of the most exciting concerts we have had in our arena,” Events Center manager Bud Dovala said in the news release.

John last performed in Wyoming on June 1, 1999, in a solo concert at the University of Wyoming to benefit the newly created Matthew Shepard Foundation and other charities. Shepard was a gay UW student who was beaten to death in October 1998.

The U.S. tour follows performances this month in Europe.

John’s first U.S. stop is in Missoula, Mont., on Sept. 28, and then in Bozeman, Mont., on Sept. 29, according to the concert schedule at his Web site

His band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Guy Babylon on keyboards, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion and Nigel Olsson on drums.

John and the band will play the greatest hits and more recent songs from “Rocket Man-Number Ones,” which was released in March.

The CD has 17 of his definitive songs. The DVD contains five live tracks from Elton’s Red Piano Las Vegas concert, and five classic promotional videos, according to the Web site.

Born Reginald Dwight in England in 1947, he began playing piano at age 4 and later attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, according to his Web site.

In 1961, he joined the band Bluesology and took his stage name from the group’s saxophonist Elton Dean and frontman Long John Baldry.

John met Bernie Taupin in 1967 and they began their long career together as musician and lyricist. His self-titled album and its hit “Your Song” made him an international star in 1970.

Since then, he’s recorded 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and sold more than 200 million records worldwide.

His remake of the Marilyn Monroe tribute “Candle in the Wind” in 1997 to honor the late Princess Diana holds the record for the biggest selling single ever at more than 33 million copies.

In 1998, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for “services to music and charitable services.”


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