Elton John books show in Youngstown arena




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.

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