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Elton John books show in Youngstown arena

Published: Mon, March 8, 2010 @ 11:41 a.m.




Details on Elton John tickets:

Cost: $139, $89, $39

Available: Starting 10 a.m. Friday

How: Ticketmaster.com, call (800) 745-3000 or go to the Covelli Centre box office

Limit: Six per order

Elton John will appear in concert May 1 at the Covelli Centre.

Tickets go on sale Friday and will cost $139, $89 and $39.

“He’s the most internationally known artist we’ve ever had here,” said Eric Ryan, executive director of the downtown center.

The English singer was ranked in 2008 as the top solo artist of all time by Billboard magazine.

Ryan said the number of seats that will be available in Youngstown hasn’t been released, but the area behind the stage will not curtained off and will be available for seating. There also will be seating on the floor.

Ryan said he has been working on the local concert for a while and it just became final. An official announcement is to be made today.

“Words escape me to describe what it means to have an artist such as Elton John perform at the Covelli Centre. His artistry has transcended many generations,” Ryan said.

Ryan said John has expressed a desire to play in more intimate settings. Other stops that are being announced include those in Toledo and Reading, Pa., he said.

The local stop comes amid a worldwide tour by John. He will be touring South Africa later this month and then is headed to Mexico and Texas before coming to Youngstown.

John as been touring in three different styles, but will be appearing with his band in Youngstown.

His Web site lists his band members as Bob Birch, bass; Kim Bullard, keyboards; Davey Johnstone guitars; John Mahon, percussion; and Nigel Olsson,drums.

Other stops have included appearances with Billy Joel and Ray Cooper.

The concert announcement follows a busy weekend at the Covelli Centre.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus originally had scheduled seven shows between Thursday and Sunday but an eighth show was added Sunday night because of demand.

Ryan said he couldn’t release ticket sale amounts but adding the additional show indicated that the circus is popular with area residents. The circus last appeared at the center in 2008.


1Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Not too many years ago Elton played in places like Madison Square Garden, St. Pete Times Forum, and other 20,000 seat venues. For him to stoop down to smaller arenas located in Reading, Erie, and Youngstown either means he can't sell out the big venues or maybe he just wants to play before smaller, more intimate crowds. Either way, give credit to our local people for getting him booked.

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2Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I said Erie. I meant to say Toledo, Ohio.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I have no money to waste supporting Elton John .

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4HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Saw him previously at Blossom Music Center. He's one of the best singer songwriters of our time. Will certainly go see him at the Covelli. I'll bet Stan would go too if Sir Elton wasn't gay!

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5Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I won't go either however you've got to admit that it is an accomplishment to get him here. I looked up some of his past and future concerts and noted that his recent and future concerts are in some small towns like Albany, NY, Corpus Christie, Lubbock, TX.

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6madhatter0720(6 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I wouldn't call it "stooping" down to appear in the covelli center. It is a wonderful arena and every seat is awsome. Elton is going to recieve a warm reception and it makes me like him even more as an artist to "stoop" down to our level....

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7undead76(63 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I remember when Springsteen stooped down to our level. As I recall he sold out Madinson Square Garden this year three nights in a row. I guess playing smaller venues doesn't have to kill an artist. I also saw Neil Young at Akron University. The next year tickets to see CSNY were 200.00. If you read the article it states that he want to play in more intimate settings. I'm not a huge fan, but it's very good for us that someone of Elton John's stature is playing here.

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8nowindc(1 comment)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

He doesn't have any problems selling tickets. Last summer he (and Billy Joel) sold 40,000 tickets to fill Nationals Park, among other stadiums.

But it's the smart move to play in smaller venues in non-traditional markets. In early May, he can't book the outdoor amphitheatres. Most 20,000 seat arenas have a hold for the NBA/NHL playoffs. Plus, Elton has played all of those markets on his recent tours w/o releasing any major new music.

So by playing Toledo or Reading or Youngstown, Elton John can bring in decent box-office at a slow time fo the year by appearing in new markets w/o hurting his future earning potential in major markets (where he will continue to fill stadiums, large arenas, and casinos for many more years).

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9Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I know it's a wonderful arena. I was referring to its size as in the past, he only played the big arenas. Let's face it, Covelli will only attract big names if these big names want to play in small arenas. Most want to perform in front of 20,000 indoor fans or even more in outdoor stadiums, therefore a big name like Elton coming to Youngstown will be few and far between. However, it's nice that he was willing to come to smaller areas like Reading, Pa, Ytown, and Toledo.

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10Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

This is great for Youngstown. Eric Ryan must have did a great job. Should give credit where credit is due. Whether you like Elton John or not, this is nice. Elton is not on the downward, he wants to play in smaller areas thats all. Wish more artists/bands would do that instead of worrying about the money.

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11Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

To Undead,

I did read the article and noted that he wanted to play in more intimate settings. However, as the poster after you stated, May is a slow concert month for large indoor arenas due to the fact that they are booked for NHL or NBA playoffs. Trust me, if he could perform in a 20,000 seat arena in Cleveland or Pittsburgh, he wouldn't be caught dead in Youngstown. It's good for Youngstown as it will be busy night in the city and that's good for business.

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12walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

One of the best singers, songwriters, and performers of the last forty years, he is coming to Y-town and some people still have issues! Some always find the cloud in every silver lining. It is a fantanstic accomplishment for Eric Ryan and the Covelli center. The ticket prices are not out of range either for the venue. I saw Elton perform at the Richfield Coliseum in 1976 and paid $10 for nosebleeds.

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13Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago


"..he is coming to Y-town and some people still have issues! Some always find the cloud in every silver lining."

Amazes me why people are so miserable all the time. No matter what, some people are just so negative about everything. Really hate to be them.

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14valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Gay or not, he is one of my favorite musicians of all time. I don't care what song I hear of his, I instantly stop and listen to them all, something I do not do with any other artist today. He is a world class phenomenon and he is coming to Youngstown!

This should be an instant sell-out!

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15mickd(10 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

This show is gay (no pun intended).

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16Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

It will be an instant sell out and it should be. This is the biggest event ever held at the Centre, even bigger than the Pavlik fight. There are many people in this country who don't even know who Pavlik is, however I would be willing to bet that 75% of the people in this country recognize Elton John.

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17mickd(10 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

so I shold buy a few tickets to scalp?

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18wineywoman(78 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I don't care what Eltons' concept of Jesus is! My bible says "let every man be persueded by his own belief" and I think that means EVERY MAN, gay or straight! It is the narrow mindedness of this area that makes it a difficult place to live for anyone who happens to be anything other than a redneck with a paycheck. If you like Elton John, go see him, if not stay home, or go to one of those conferdeate flag flying bars in your Chevy pickup, drink your tasteless Bud Light, and think of more ways to belittle your fellow man. This man is an entertainer, his views have nothing to do with his talent. Perhaps it is the lack of sunshine here that keeps you people in the dark. What ever your excuse is it never ceases to amaze me how no matter what sort of news you get, good or bad, you find a way to pick it apart, and make something ugly of it. Elton John coming to Youngstown is a big deal and the folks who arranged this venue are to be commended. Every body complains that this valley never has top entertainment, well for once here it is. Some of you need to step out of your caves and understand that not everyone is like you. If you could manage to remove your head from your anal cavity for a moment, you might be able to see that.

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19saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

My kind of lady!

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20mickd(10 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

bud light is yummy.

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21Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

wineywoman :

Elton John coming to town is no big deal . The Circus coming to town is a big deal and very entertaining !

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22northsideart(111 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

cool. if i still lived there i might have checked this one out.

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23Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Not a big deal?

In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #49 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He continues to be a major public figure, and has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and was knighted in 1998, and has remained an enduringly successful artist. Awards include Best British Male Artist Brit Award 1991, inducted into Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, 1994, 5 Grammy Award 1986-2000, Grammy Legend Award, 2001, Kennedy Center Honor, 2004, 11 Ivor Novello Awards, 1973 - 2000. The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John spans five decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. John holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ‘97,” which sold 37 million copies. Since his career began in 1969 he has played almost 3,000 concerts worldwide.

These cities think so....and many more across the globe....

Frank Erwin Center Director John Graham said, “It’s a great day when one of the most popular and respected artists in the history of contemporary music comes to play your city and, along with our friends at C3 Presents, the Frank Erwin Center welcomes Sir Elton back to Austin. His shows are truly fantastic and there is no better, more dedicated performer in the world than Elton John. Whatever you do, don’t be late and don’t leave early.”


“We’ve been trying for several years to bring Elton here and now we can finally say he is coming,” said Marc Solis, American Bank Center general manager.
Officials with SMG, the company that manages the American Bank Center, were all smiles this afternoon, as they announced the concert during a news conference.


"I was at Elton John's Sudbury concert and witnessed the best performance in the history of this relatively small Northern Ontario City. Those who were lucky enough to be there will certainly agree that there was a buzz in the air in our City for weeks leading up to the concert which continued in the arena on Sunday night with continuous applause and standing ovations. The crowd was truly electric and Elton seemed to feed off the energy.


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241970mach1(1005 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Quite an accomplishment bring him to Youngstown. Congrats to Eric Ryan for all his hard work. I am not personally an Elton John fan, but plenty of other folks are, and this is a huge accomplishment. Job well done.

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25north_side_girl(214 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

woo hoo! 'crocodile rock', 'bennie and the jets,' 'saturday night,' how can you not have fun? i wish the mods could let me type the name of my favorite elton john song — dare i try it? 'the b1t@h is back!'

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26Siouxi(122 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I just might have to drag the spouse out of the house for this one.

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27Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Eric Ryan deserves a lot of credit for getting him to come here. Elton's people stated that he is playing some smaller venues....well he had tons of smaller venues to choose from and Eric landed him. Before Ryan came, the area was lucky to get something like a washed up 3 Dog Night here.

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28mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Great job Eric. I will be getting my tickets asap.

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29CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

It's great to see how people are so excited about this show! It's going to be a memorable evening for sure. Maybe the naysayers are just irked because Lawrence Welk and Pat Boone don't tour anymore.

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30Aware(255 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Even in the beginning, Elton John insisted he always wanted his fans to be able to see him. I've been to several of his concerts and he is always phenomenal. He has FUN when he entertains and it shows. He has never asked for the ridiculous ticket amounts others do - even at MSG! If you look at the ticket prices, you will see that popularity has never guided him toward extortion. Many other groups charge 4-5 times as much and cannot come close to the show he can do. Most others cannot even sing, and when they do, everything sounds the same anyway. They strum a guitar and call themselves stars. This man is a musician with real talent - and real class. I can't wait to see him again! His show is unforgettable!

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31mickd(10 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Three Dog Night is better than Elton John! Rather have them here rockin' and rollin' the YO.

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3244girl(14 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Great job Eric Ryan!! You are making Youngstown come alive again with the shows you are bringing to town. This show should sell out in no time. I wish you much continuted success!!!

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33YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Times must be really tough for Mr. John to book in Ytown. This can only mean one thing, his career is over.

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34Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago


Before you post you should have some knowledge on what you comment on, times are not tough for Elton John, matter of fact he's coming off a world wide tour with Billy Joel and touring smaller USA venues to perform his 'Rocket Man - the Greatest Hits Live' concert, which is featuring number one chart hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career. And he's also touring South Africa, Italy, England,Austria, etc.....so his career is certainly not over.
Whether you like him or not, this is big for Youngstown and instead of giving credit you poor fools put it down. I really feel sorry for you people being so negative all the time.


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35VindyOne(20 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Elton John thinks that as he's gay even Jesus Christ is gay.
I think it's just great to have an intelligent man like Elton John here.
Enjoy the concert.

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36Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Don't go then.

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37XFilesX(77 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

SEJ is a major talent and kudos to those who got him here. I enjoy many of his songs. As a Christian I do NOT agree with his views BUT those are his views, not mine. This area needs more attractions to be brought here. The economy is terrible and if this can happen more often, then it's great. If you don't like an act, don't go.

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38Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago


The same reason he's touring in Corpus Christi,TX, Lubbock,TX,Austin,TX,Hoffman Estates,IL,Des Moines,IA,Green Bay,WI, Grand Rapids,MI,Toledo,OH,Reading,PA .
If you read the news you would see he's touring the smaller cities on this leg. I don't see no other "major acts" doing anything like this. Why is it people have to give a positive thing such negativity. Is life that bad?

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39CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Jerry Seinfeld (2x), Bruce Springsteen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Willie Nelson, Journey, Heart, John Cougar Mellencamp, ZZTop, Tony Bennett, Stevie Nicks, BB King...to name just a few. I'm pretty sure he's been booked to sing and play the piano...but even if he does visit the gay community, who are some mighty fine folks, what would be wrong with that? Your small-minded bigotry and pettiness never cease to amaze and amuse me.

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40CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

USA1, are you gay? You seem to have issues...and I was just wondering if there was a bit of self-loathing going on here?

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41CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

You never answered the question: Are you gay? Sometimes people are what they fear most. Just wondering. It's not a crime or a sin to be gay, you know. People are born that way. It's ok if you are. Good Christians don't judge others. Christ never did.

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42CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Read my previous post: Good Christians don't judge others. Christ never did. Now I know you are not a) gay nor b) a Christian. The show...and it will be a great one...will go without you. Thank goodness, I'd hate to have to sit next to a godless, souless, humorless anti-Christian devil-worshipper such as yourself. God loves joyful music!!!

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43CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I don't know.,..how many has he verbally "attack"? God=Love. Devil=Hate. You are a hater. Ergo, you are a devil-worshipper. Not judging..just a fact. By the way, Jim Tressel is not a hater. Just a good and decent man. Please read and learn something, my friend. http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2010/03...

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44VindyOne(20 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I'd like to remind you that Elton John, just a few years ago, said to a female photographer who tried to snap him leaving Liz Hurley’s house: “I hope you die of cancer of the clitoris.”


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45CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

More importantly:

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46Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Was in 2002 like over 8 years ago..I'm sure everyone says things they don't mean. Like for example, "Hugh Grant kicked Ian Whittaker, a paparazzi photographer and wished his children would die of cancer outside his Chelsea home." Do you think he meant it? You could get quotes from every celebrity and such. It's really irrelevant. And also irrelevant is what there preferences are or what they had for breakfast.
It's about the MUSIC! Is that so hard to comprehend? When a musician has been around for over 5 decades then there doing something right. I'm not a big Elton fan but he has great music and him coming to Youngstown should be special. But you feeble little minds always have to bash something that is good. I really don't no how people can be around you or have friends being as miserable as you are. Amazing.

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47VindyOne(20 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

The bishop of Piraeus, Seraphim, has written to Queen Elizabeth II of the UK to complain about recent comments by British singer-songwriter Sir Elton John.

The bishop said Christians around the world are expecting the queen to respond to John’s comments by STRIPPING HIM OF HIS KNIGHTHOOD. Seraphim also wrote to Britain’s ambassador in Athens, David Landsman, to express the “deep pain and bitterness” caused by the comments.


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48wineywoman(78 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Hey Stan, thanks for letting me know your mental capability. i figured you for a "circus" kind of guy, glad to know I was correct in my thinking. Mickd, if you think bud light is yummy, you should try a real beer for a change. It may surprise you to find out that americans did not invent beer, and they really are not the best at brewing it.

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49okocho(2 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I love his music, but really I do not have much time, so I just listen through my computer

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