Legendary pop star Elton John performs tonight at the MTS Centre.
I'm not exactly your typical Elton John fan. For one thing, I wasn't even born when he released many of his biggest hits in the early 70s. In fact, until about a month after his now-famous first live performance in North America - August 1970, at The Troubadour in LA - my parents hadn't even met.
But that hasn't stopped me from getting excited every time the Rocket Man returns to Winnipeg - or from heading out of town to catch a concert. I'll be in the audience again tonight at the MTS Centre when Elton rocks the house, and I've definitely been counting the sleeps.
The anticipation isn't about finding out what Elton will do, or wear, or sing - after seeing him five times in concert already, I pretty much know all that. He'll likely come on stage, nod and say a quick hello, then sit down at the piano and get right into doing what he does best. No more Donald Duck or Liberace costumes for the 64-year-old icon - on stage these days he typically sports a basic suit with some kind of sparkly design, some funky specs (which he doesn't actually need; his vision is fine), and a little bit of bling.
And the songs? He'll belt out what we all want to hear, from his first hit single, Your Song, to many of my favourites, including Daniel, Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Honky Cat, Philadelphia Freedom and Crocodile Rock (on which he'll have us all sing the "la la la la las", because we want to, and because I don't think he can reach the notes anymore). I won't hold my breath for Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, but you never know what Elton will be in the mood for. He'll spend close to three hours entertaining the crowd, and it'll be fantastic - just like the Captain himself.