It’s a coin toss for who’s the busier classic rocker. Between Paul McCartney and Elton John, there’s more forward momentum happening there than you’ll find in any Gen X, Y or Z-er. Elton John brings his “All The Hits” tour to the Wells Fargo Center Thanksgiving eve (Nov. 27) on the heels of his new release, The Diving Board.
So what if he just recently had an appendectomy? And yes, he’s a hands-on dad to two boys under the age of 5. And yes, he’s a guest and performer on TV shows pretty much weekly. There’s a movie in the works based on his life (Rocketman) that he’s supervising. He’s extremely active in his AIDS organization. Somehow he’s finding time to do a post-Thanksgiving special with Lady Gaga and the Muppets. And oh yeah, he’s got dates booked on this tour a year out. Whew.
For decades, Elton has been able to depend on band mainstays such as Davey Johnstone on guitar and Nigel Olsson on drums. However, several deaths in recent years dealt a heavy blow to a core unit that had backed Elton for years. The current band also includes Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon/percussion and Kim Bullard/keyboards. Can you imagine playing keyboards backing Elton John? Talk about pressure!
Elton, the ultimate showman, doesn’t rely so much anymore on the outrageous shoes and glasses that got him noticed back in the early ‘70s. There’s no need to when there is such an incredible body of music from which to draw. The voice and the charisma are still there and they shine on the classic hits, the album tracks and the new album offerings.
Incredibly, tickets start at $19—although with fees and charges, you’re more than likely to see that go up another $10. Make the casseroles early and spend the night before turkey day with Elton and his band. You’ll be thankful you did!