Johnson City is one of nine cities that Elton John and his band will perform tracks off his new album, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” this spring.
Elton also plans to play many of his iconic hits to the sold out crowd at Freedom Hall Civic Center on March 11.
Tickets for the highly anticipated show went on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Freedom Hall’s website crashed due to the amount of traffic while dozens of fans lined up outside of Freedom Hall’s box office Friday.
Elton, husband and father of two, said, “The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family and less time touring.”
Elton’s sons, ages 5 and 3, are at an age that he does not want to miss, “I am all too aware of how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly. Their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them,” he said.
But at the same time, Elton does not want to disappoint his fans.
“This concert will give me a chance to say thank you to my fans here who have been so faithful over the decades,” John said. “It’s always important for me to bring my music to everyone.”
Elton John’s music is known for its appeal to people of all ages from “Your Song,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Candle in the Wind” to “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” from “The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.”
In an over 50 year career, Elton has won six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. Elton has had 29 consecutive Top 40 hits from his 35 gold records and 25 platinum albums and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time.
Aside from his career in music, Elton, who is gay, is known for advocacy for the LGBT community and same-sex marriage. He is also known for his efforts in raising awareness for AIDS with his formation of the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992.
Freedom Hall’s Director Lisa Chamness, assures that this will be a night to remember for those who were lucky enough to purchase tickets to the sold out show.
“This is such an exciting opportunity for the people in the four-state area to have access to one of music’s most legendary performers in the world,” Chamness said. “Our intimate concert setting at Freedom Hall will make this a magical night not to be missed.”