Less than an hour before Elton John took the stage Saturday night, Cindy Markijohn of Canfield still couldn’t believe her luck.
Standing outside of O’Donald’s Irish Pub and Grill Downtown, as hundreds of concertgoers filtered in and out of bars and eateries along Federal Street, Markijohn explained how she’d tried to get tickets to John’s previous Covelli Centre appearance on May 1, 2010, but failed.
The 7,000 seats for that show sold out in just 30 minutes.
This time, though, Markijohn was ready, with phone in hand, when tickets went on sale back in early December. About 7,500 tickets — ranging from $26 to $126 — were sold for Saturday’s performance, setting an attendance record for the facility.
Ron George of Canfield, who was attending the sold-out concert with Markijohn, chimed in.
“His music brings you back to something in your life,” George said. “And he’s in Youngstown — on a Saturday night. We’re thankful to have him.”
Read about the show in Sunday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.