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Elton John Coming to Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. — Elton John and his band will play at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo on Wednesday, March 19. The concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, as well as a selection of new songs from his highly-anticipated album, The Diving Board, which was released by Capitol Records on September 24.

Elton John’s band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on

percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

“Elton John returns to the birthplace of Elvis. Can it get any better?” said Todd Hunt, BancorpSouth Arena director. “We’re thrilled to welcome Sir Elton back to Tupelo during our 20th anniversary season. His sold out appearance here in 1998 was amazing, and we can’t wait to see his new million dollar stage production. It will be a fantastic night featuring one of the world’s greatest performers.”

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 31st at 10 a.m.

The Diving Board, which is produced by T Bone Burnett, features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. The new album returns Elton to the piano, bass and drums lineup that marked the artist’s introduction to worldwide audiences more than 40 years ago. As he explains, “I’m incredibly excited about every aspect of this album: The performances, T Bone’s production, Bernie’s lyrics and the songs we’ve created. The Diving Board is the album I’ve been waiting to make for decades.” The Diving Board, now available everywhere CD’s are sold, including elton john.com.

Elton 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. Elton holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which sold 37 million copies. He also holds the record for most appearances on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, with his newest single, “Home Again” marking his 69th entry. Since his career began in 1969 he has played almost 3,000 concerts worldwide. John has recently been named the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, which recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement, presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture.

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st @ 10 AM $99 & $69

Tickets will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, BancorpSouth Arena Box office or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

A service charge is added to each ticket. There is an 8 ticket limit per customer.