While Elton John is taking a break from his residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV — the last show,...

While Elton John is taking a break from his residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV — the last show, as of now, was August 1 — he has plotted a major Canadian tour for the fall, followed by an early-winter trek through Europe.

Without playing the major markets of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, he will perform 13 shows in nine cities starting on September 12 in Calgary, AB, and wrapping October 3 in St. John’s, NF. Then it’s back to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace before two shows, November 14-15, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The shows from September 12-20 are billed as Elton John and Band; the concerts from September 26-October 3 are John’s solo shows.

Recently, issues have arisen concerning ticket sales for John’s Canadian dates. Fans who initially visited Ticketmaster to purchase concert tickets found themselves redirected to Ticketmaster’s secondary ticket resale site, TicketsNow.com. The subsidiary site offered Elton John tickets at a premium, causing critics to wonder if the sudden availability was a case of preferential treatment on Ticketmaster’s part.

Ticketmaster denied involvement in the controversy, stating that ticket inventory was not within the company’s control. Ticketmaster also removed links redirecting Elton John fans to TicketsNow.

John then returns to Las Vegas for his Red Piano performances, which he then takes to Europe for 16 concerts starting November 19 in Birmingham, England, and concluding on December 21 in Manchester, England.

John started his Red Piano gigs in Las Vegas in February 2004 and has already racked up 200-plus performances.

Interestingly, with John’s July 21 show in Vermont, he has now played in all 50 states at least once. To mark the honor, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream made a limited edition commemorative flavor Goodbye Yellow Brick Road with the proceeds going to John’s AIDS charity.

Elton John itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

August 1Las Vegas, NVThe Colosseum at Caesars Palace
September 12Calgary, ABPengrowth Saddledome
September 13Edmonton, ABRexall Place
September 15Saskatoon, SKCredit Union Centre
September 16-17Regina, SKBrandt Centre
September 19-20Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
September 26-27Halifax, NSHalifax Metro Centre
September 28Moncton, NBMoncton Coliseum Arena
September 30St. John, NBHarbour Station
October 2-3St. John’s, NFMile One Stadium
October 22-25Las Vegas, NVThe Colosseum at Caesars Palace
October 29-31Las Vegas, NVThe Colosseum at Caesars Palace
November 1Las Vegas, NVThe Colosseum at Caesars Palace
November 3Las Vegas, NVThe Colosseum at Caesars Palace
November 6-9Las Vegas, NVThe Colosseum at Caesars Palace
November 14-15Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
November 19Birmingham, ENGUK Birmingham NIA
November 22Munich, GEROlympiahalle
November 24Hamburg, GERColor Line Arena
November 26Cologne, GERKolnarena
November 29Copenhagen, DENParken Stadium
December 1Helsinki, FINHartwall-Areena
December 4Stockholm, SWEGlobe Arena
December 5Oslo, NORSpektrum
December 9 Paris, FRAPalais Omnisports Bercy
December 11 Berlin, GER02 World
December 13London, ENGUK 02 Arena
December 16Birmingham, ENGUK Birmingham NIA
December 17-18 Liverpool, ENGUK Liverpool Echo Arena
December 20-21Manchester, ENGUK Manchester MEN Arena

Last Updated on August 6, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen