Elton John is back in Colorado Springs; so are his fans

By Jen Mulson Updated: March 16, 2017 at 6:32 am • Published: March 15, 2017 0
photo - Elton John will perform Thursday at The Broadmoor World Arena. The show is sold out. Courtesy.
Elton John will perform Thursday at The Broadmoor World Arena. The show is sold out. Courtesy.

8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd.; broadmoorworldarena.com. SOLD OUT.

Rocket Man is back.

Elton John last performed at The Broadmoor World Arena in 2009. Folks who missed the show apparently weren't going to make the same mistake twice - his Thursday performance at the arena is sold out.

The 69-year-old's illustrious career encompasses more than five decades and can boast the sale of more than 250 million albums and more than 50 Top 40 hits, including "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer," "Candle in the Wind," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight." His 32nd studio album "Wonderful Crazy Night" was released last year.

"But there is a matured pacing and weight to the music and John's vocal performances that make this record one of his finest in its own right. 'Wonderful Crazy Night' is about what happens after those loose clothes and cool drinks. The final tally: It's all worth it," wrote critic David Frick in Rolling Stone last year.

On getting out of the public eye: "Oh God, I think about it all the time. I really hate the cult of celebrity. I used to go to the opening of an envelope and I loved it, because I was young. What I want to do now is completely different to going to a gay club when I was 28 and picking up a bloke.

"The thought of going to a club fills me with complete horror, although I love dance music. I want to be at home, I want to be with my friends. I genuinely feel uncomfortable in the limelight," from an interview with The Guardian in 2016.

On being famous: "I answered an advert to become a songwriter for Liberty Records. I never expected to be me. I was very shy and timid and a little overweight," he told The Guardian last year.

On his decision to have kids with David Furnish, his husband and partner of more than 20 years: "That was the greatest decision I've made - well - we've made, in the last six years, is to have those boys. They're our primary concern. They're the things that come first and foremost. [Zachary] is very proud of his daddy, but he's more interested in 'Hotline Bling' by Drake or 'Uptown Funk.' They sing 'Rocket Man.' They sing 'Benny and the Jets.' They know who I am. They know what I do, but they're more interested, to be honest with you, in their toys. And I'm fine with that. That's good," he told the Today show in 2016.

On his future: "Years ago, I didn't have anything. I wanted to die on the stage. That's all I had. Now I don't. I've got children. I want to come off the road. I want to be there, I want to take them to baseball, I want to take them to soccer games.

"My life is completely changed," he told Rolling Stone last year.

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