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Elton John takes limited 9-city tour to Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 24

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From a press release:

Elton John and his band will return to Wilkes-Barre for one performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. as part of a nine-city concert tour that will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, as well as selected tracks from his latest album “Wonderful Crazy Night.”

Tickets, which range from $36-$151, plus fees, go on sale next Friday, April 8 at noon and will be available at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.), and all Ticketmaster outlets, and charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Elton John’s band features Nigel Olsson (part of his original three-piece band) on drums, Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with John in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, John Mahon on percussion, Kim Bullard on keyboards, and Matt Bissonette on bass.

“The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family and less time touring,” John said. “I am all too aware of how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly. Their early years are just flying by, and I want to be there with them.”

One of the most successful artists on the road today, John and his band perform an unforgettable concert with the entire audience singing along to much-loved classic songs, such as “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” and many more.

“It will truly be an honor for Wilkes-Barre to host Sir Elton John for the fifth time at the Mohegan Sun Arena this fall,” said Brian Sipe, SMG general manager for Mohegan Sun Arena. “I am excited for our patrons to create lifelong memories while singing along to all the hits and enjoying one of the greatest musicians to ever grace this stage. Sept. 24th will be a great night in the history of our venue.”

The monumental career of the international singer/songwriter and performer spans 50 years. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold records and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and more than 250 million records sold worldwide.

John holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which sold over 37 million copies. Since his career began in 1969, he has played over 4,000 concerts worldwide.