- Thu, Sep 25, 2014 8:00 PM Add to cal
Elton John and his band return to the Moda Center on Thursday, September 25th. The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, as well as a selection of songs from his highly-acclaimed album, the recently re-released 40th Anniversary CD,
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
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.
“Few artists bring as much excitement and tradition to a venue as global music icon Sir Elton John,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of Moda Center and the Rose Quarter. “It is our honor to host not only one of music’s all-time great singers, but a truly inspiring and captivating entertainer. We know the city of Portland is in for an extraordinary night when Sir Elton John hits the Moda Center stage.”
Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, May 5th 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 is available now on EltonJohn.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.