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 1||Las Vegas, NV||The Colosseum at Caesars Palace|
|September 12||Calgary, AB||Pengrowth Saddledome|
|September 13||Edmonton, AB||Rexall Place|
|September 15||Saskatoon, SK||Credit Union Centre|
|September 16-17||Regina, SK||Brandt Centre|
|September 19-20||Winnipeg, MB||MTS Centre|
|September 26-27||Halifax, NS||Halifax Metro Centre|
|September 28||Moncton, NB||Moncton Coliseum Arena|
|September 30||St. John, NB||Harbour Station|
|October 2-3||St. John’s, NF||Mile One Stadium|
|October 22-25||Las Vegas, NV||The Colosseum at Caesars Palace|
|October 29-31||Las Vegas, NV||The Colosseum at Caesars Palace|
|November 1||Las Vegas, NV||The Colosseum at Caesars Palace|
|November 3||Las Vegas, NV||The Colosseum at Caesars Palace|
|November 6-9||Las Vegas, NV||The Colosseum at Caesars Palace|
|November 14-15||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|November 19||Birmingham, ENG||UK Birmingham NIA|
|November 22||Munich, GER||Olympiahalle|
|November 24||Hamburg, GER||Color Line Arena|
|November 26||Cologne, GER||Kolnarena|
|November 29||Copenhagen, DEN||Parken Stadium|
|December 1||Helsinki, FIN||Hartwall-Areena|
|December 4||Stockholm, SWE||Globe Arena|
|December 5||Oslo, NOR||Spektrum|
|December 9||Paris, FRA||Palais Omnisports Bercy|
|December 11||Berlin, GER||02 World|
|December 13||London, ENG||UK 02 Arena|
|December 16||Birmingham, ENG||UK Birmingham NIA|
|December 17-18||Liverpool, ENG||UK Liverpool Echo Arena|
|December 20-21||Manchester, ENG||UK Manchester MEN Arena|
Last Updated on August 6, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen