Macon will see Elton John again for the first time in more than 12 years on Wednesday. His show at the Macon Coliseum is expected to be seen by a sold-out crowd.
We are super-excited to have Elton return to Macon. Hes a legend and it is thrilling to be able to give Middle Georgians an opportunity to see him and hear him live and in person. Its not something that happens every day, thats for sure, said Brenda Thompson, arena sales manager for the Coliseum.
John will play with the Elton John Band, which will give his music a more rounded-out sound than his solo tours.
John is touring to promote his new album, Rocket Man, which features his biggest hits, both live and studio, plus five videos. The name of the tour is 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man, which will celebrate that top 20 hit, as well as his other major songs.
The set list from previous shows on the tour includes crowd favorites such as Candle in the Wind, Tiny Dancer, Bennie and the Jets and Dont Let the Sun Go Down on Me. The encore list also has been released, and audiences will want to stay to hear those classics as well.
For those folks who may be thinking about seeing the show, but who havent gotten their tickets yet, the concert is not sold out yet, Thompson said last week. I wouldnt wait much longer though because its getting pretty close. We do expect a sell-out crowd on or before showtime.
John has been playing the piano since 1951, and joined his first band in 1965. Since 1969, he has played and toured as a solo performer and with the Elton John Band. He also has been involved in film, appearing in Tommy in 1975, and vocally in The Lion King and The Road to El Dorado. He has composed the music for such Broadway hits as The Lion King, Aida, Lestat and Billy Elliot the Musical.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 (his first year of eligibility), and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992. He has won six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.
Along with his stunning musical work, John is also an established name in the world of charitable work. In 1992, he created the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and is a patron of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Amnesty International, the Royal Academy of Music and many others, not to mention the fact that he was knighted in 1998.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive
Cost: $79, $139