Elton John to Play Missoula and Bozeman

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA (AP) – Legendary rock star Elton John will give Montanans a weekend to remember as he performs on consecutive nights here and in Bozeman in late September.

Missoula’s concert will be held at the Adams Center at the University of Montana on Friday, Sept. 28 while Bozeman’s concert is set for the next night at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse at Montana State University.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Duane Morris, MSU’s director of events and marketing for auxiliary services. “To have Elton John play your building is a major milestone, let alone in a market the size of Bozeman.”

Around 7,200 tickets are expected to be available in Missoula, while about 8,500 seats are planned in Bozeman. Both go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 5.

Ticket prices for Missoula’s concert haven’t been announced. They are available through www.griztix.com, by phone at 1-888-MONTANA or at GrizTix outlets, including the Adams Center box office. There is a limit of six tickets per purchase.

“A show this big is just exciting for the whole community,” said Ryan Hamilton, director of UM Productions, the student-led organization producing the concert.

Tickets for the Bozeman show are available at www.ticketswest.com, by phone at 1-800-325-SEAT and 1-800-808-5940 and though the Fieldhouse box office and all TicketsWest outlets. The TicketsWest Web site listed ticket prices for the Bozeman concert at $65 and $85 Wednesday morning, but the prices were later removed. A phone call to a regional TicketsWest representative Wednesday morning was not immediately returned.

John, 60, is performing as part of his 2007 tour “Rocket Man: Number Ones.” He will perform the greatest hits of his early career, including tracks from the album of the same name.

His six-piece band includes Nigel Olsson on drums, musical director Davey Johnstone on guitar, Guy Babylon on keyboards, Bob Birch on bass and John Mahon on percussion.

Over his 40-year career, John has sold more than 200 million albums. John has 590 Top 40 hits, nine No. 1 songs, 35 gold albums and 25 platinum albums.

His many hits include: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” ”Crocodile Rock,” ”Your Song” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues.”

There is no opening act.

“Just an evening with Elton John,” Morris said.

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