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Elton John rockets through Red Deer

He can sell out any arena in the world, but Sir Elton John has been choosing smaller, more intimate venues for recent performances, including a show on Wednesday night in Red Deer.
Sir Elton John performed in Red Deer on Wednesday night. (CBC)

He can sell out any arena in the world, but Sir Elton John has been choosing smaller, more intimate venues for recent performances, including a show on Wednesday night in Red Deer.  

Fan Joan Philips said that's what keeps the British rock mainstay popular.

"He’s a legend, but he has stayed with us. Like, his music never gets old," he said.

According to Al Thompson, program director for Red Deer’s Zed 99 radio station, the buzz created by Sir Elton’s show at the Centrium arena was unprecedented.

"I would say Elton John is by far the biggest act we’ve had in Red Deer," she said.

The concert’s 6,600 tickets sold out in less than half an hour. Thompson said he hoped that would demonstrate to concert promoters that people in Red Deer are willing to pay for big acts.

John wraps up his Alberta tour Thursday night in Grande Prairie before heading back to his Las Vegas show at Caesar's Palace.

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