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Sir Superstar

The numbers associated with Elton John’s career are staggering.

He’s sold more than 300 million records, recorded more than 30 albums and had more than 50 Top 40 singles. Seven straight albums hit No. 1. During a five-decade career – one that’s still going strong – he’s earned six Grammy Awards and has a Tony, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and Kennedy Center Honors. His re-recording of his 1973 hit “Candle in the Wind” – released after he performed it for Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 – went on to sell 33 million copies, and is by most accounts the second best-selling single of all time, behind only Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.”

The 67-year-old John is no stranger to these parts. He’s played Spokane a couple times, and Pullman as well, since 1999.

A review of a 2011 show by former S-R staff writer Jim Kershner summed up John’s appeal this way: “If anyone was on the fence about Sir Elton – although I saw little evidence of that – this concert probably won them over for one simple reason. John has more quality hits in his enormous repertoire than almost any other contemporary artist you can name, with the exception of another sir (Sir Paul).” Full story. Carolyn Lamberson, SR

Favorite Elton John song?

Parting Shot — 4.20.11

“Concert promoters allowed me only one song from the orchestra pit to photograph singer  Sir Elton John as he performed in Spokane recently,” posts Colin Mulvany/Snaps & Frames. “Concert photography has it own special challenges. The stage lighting changes rapidly and the freedom to move around is constrained–especially since you have to hug the rim of the stage as people, who paid big bucks for the privilege of a front row seat, bitch at you for being in their line of sight.” More here.

Elton John Entertains Packed Arena

During the opening song, music director and band member Davey Johnstone joins Elton john in singing “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” Friday night in front of a sold out Spokane Arena crowd. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Just got in from a happy and celebratory Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena and I thought I'd share a few quick impressions (I'll be writing a full review for Sunday print). Opening Elton stage banter: “Last time I was here I played a solo show. This time we're going to rock out!” Hits left out of this 2 hour 45 minute show: Hardly any, unless you consider “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” to be an Elton John hit (see set list below). Best costume: A couple of guys in the front row wearing pink feather boas. Runnerup, Elton's outfit. which consisted of a black formal tailcoat with embroidered musical notes and a “Music Magic” insignia on the back. Call it Nashville meets Hyde Park/Jim Kershner, Spotlight. More here.

Question (for those who attended the Elton John concert last night): What did you think of the concert?

Elton John To Sing To Sold-Out Arena

The Inland Northwest has enjoyed a long and happy relationship with Elton John. At least, John should be happy with it, from a box-office standpoint. His show tonight at the Spokane Arena sold all 11,000 tickets in three days. And that includes the seats behind the stage. In fact, every time, Reg Dwight (yes, that’s his real name) has appeared in the region, the tickets have gone rocketing out of the box office. This will be the fourth time Sir Elton has taken the stage in the Inland Northwest/Jim Kershner, SR. More here. (AP file photo, of Elton John in concert in Germany)

Question: Are you going to hear Elton John at the Spokane Arena tonight?

Elton John Spokane Concert Sold Out

Tickets to the Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena on April 8 are sold out. It took only three days for all 11,000 tickets to vanish, according to Becca Watters at the Spokane Arena. Tickets went on sale Saturday and only a few single tickets were left by Sunday evening. Those sold out by Monday night. Even the tickets behind the stage sold out. Will another show be added? That's what happened in 2008 when Elton's Pullman show sold out quickly. No word on that, yet, but don't get your hopes up/Jim Kershner, Spotlight. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Did you buy a ticket to the concert?

He’s got his own tiny dancer

Sir Elton John is holding close a new tiny dancer.

The piano man and husband David Furnish have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day. The news was first reported Monday night by and confirmed to The Associated Press by John's Los Angeles-based publicist.

. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in California via a surrogate, whose identity is being protected by the new parents.. Zachary is 62-year-old John's first child with the 48-year-old Furnish. The couple married in 2005. More here.

That's a long name for a tiny dancer.

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