Is it our brats? Beer? Cheese curds? The Bronze Fonz? Maybe Sir Elton, the king of 1970s piano pop ballads and funky colored sunglasses, enjoys taking in the city’s views while riding the Hop. Or maybe he’s a basketball enthusiast — after all, Giannis’ moves on the court are spectacular.
But, it’s probably just the lure of cold, hard cash. The knighted singer performed to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd at Fiserv Forum October 19, part of a stop of his three-year international Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, (talk about a long goodbye!) and wants to give his fans more of what they want. Last week, live music company AEG Presents announced in a press release that Elton John has added an additional Milwaukee concert date, April 28 at Fiserv Forum, to his repertoire. Fans will once again be treated to a multitude of hits comprising the singer’s mammoth career, which spans half a century. According to AEG Presents, “the audience will experience a rare glimpse into Elton’s life and the deeply personal meaning with mesmerizing, never-before-seen photos and videos shown throughout the show from his incredible 50-year career.”
General public tickets will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. November 1. Tickets and limited VIP packages are available on the star’s website.
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in London in 1947, Elton John released his debut album “Empty Sky” in 1969. Since then, the six-time Grammy-award winner has sold a staggering 300 million records globally, has achieved over 50 Top Forty hits, including “Rocketman,” “Benny and the Jets,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Tiny Dancer,” and released more than thirty albums, including soundtracks and collaborations with other artists. To commemorate his 50-year musical partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, Elton John released “Diamonds,” a greatest-hits album, in November 2017. Still, despite his (likely) astronomical bank account, the Rocketman’s decided to once again tap into the Midwest’s gold mine of fans and venues. But whatever the reason is, we’re not complaining.
Many of us are quite familiar with Sir Elton’s music, mostly through pop culture. Who doesn’t remember “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” the heartfelt theme to the 1994 animated Disney film, “The Lion King?” After Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997, radios seemed to play nothing but Elton John’s sweeping song “Candle in the Wind,” (although the song was inspired by the death of movie star Marilyn Monroe). As a kid growing up in the 80s, I can’t count the number of times I heard “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues,” and “Sad Song” (tied with Bette Midler’s “From a Distance” and Phil Collins’ “Another Day in Paradise”) on my mother’s favorite adult-contemporary radio station Mix 99 FM. Another fun fact –the mid-1990s hit “Circle of Life,” also from “The Lion King” soundtrack, was my eighth grade graduation song.
Milwaukee doesn’t mind Sir Elton’s extended goodbye. In fact, we’re flattered that he’s found it difficult to take his leave for good. Next time the singer is in town, we’ll welcome him with open arms. Who knows — maybe he’ll tip back a few cold ones at a corner tavern, all the while cheering on the Brew Crew’s home runs.