The last time Elton John made a stop in Salt Lake City was Sept. 18, 1995. There were some rumors in the audience that that year was to be the last tour for "Rocket Man."
Well, "Captain Fantastic" will blast off for another show at the Delta Center in August. Yes, Sir Elton John - knighted in January - will return to Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Aug. 11.Wristbands are available at all Smith's-TIX outlets and the Delta Center box office. Tickets will go on sale 9 a.m. Saturday, July 11. There is a six-ticket limit per person. Prices are $39.50 and $49.50. Tickets can be charged by calling 1-800-888-8499.
"Billy Joel and Elton John are not doing gigs in the States together right now," said Jim McNeil of United Concerts. "But don't be surprised to see Billy sometime next year."
Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight and changed his name to pay tribute to blues musicians Elton Dean and John Baldry.
John first started playing the piano at 4. By the time he was 16, he had studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London but dropped out to pursue music full time.
When he was 20, in 1967, John met his longtime songwriting collaborator, Bernie Taupin. Three years later, the hit "Your Song" was in the Top 10.
In 1973 John hit superstar status thanks to the album, "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Just the Piano Player." The album yielded the No. 1 and No. 2 singles "Crocodile Rock" and "Daniel," respectively.
A string of No. 1 singles - "Bennie and the Jets," a remake of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Island Girl" followed. The hits came from seven No. 1 albums - "Honky Chateau," "Don't Shoot Me . . .," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Caribou," "Greatest Hits," "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy,' and "Rock of Westies."
John has collaborated with Kiki Dee ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart"), George Michael ("Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"), Aretha Franklin ("Through the Storm") and Dionne Warwick ("That's What Friends Are For").
He contributed to the No. 1 ranking Disney movie soundtrack "The Lion King" and received an Academy Award and Golden Globe awards for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
But he has lost two close friends - designer Gianni Versace and Princes Diana, for whom he rewrote "Candle in the Wind" - to murder and accident.
He was involved in a nit-picking media feud with Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richard, who complained about John's writing songs for "dead blondes" (the original "Candle in the Wind" was written for Marilyn Monroe). John rebutted and said Richard looked like a "monkey with arthritis."