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Elton John will play Xcel Energy Center on Nov. 22

September 9, 2013


Sept. 09--Classic rocker Elton John will return to town Nov. 22 to headline St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 through Ticketmaster, with prices to be announced soon.

John, 66, stands as one of the biggest-selling musicians in the world, with more than 50 Top 40 hits and successful forays into writing for film and the Broadway stage. John made his breakthrough with 1970's "Your Song" and went on to rule that decade with singles like "Tiny Dancer," "Crocodile Rock," "Bennie and the Jets" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."

In 1994, John co-wrote the music for Disney's film "The Lion King," which was later adapted into a hugely successful live musical. He has gone on to work on shows like "Aida" and "Billy Elliot the Musical." John has also enjoyed several Las Vegas residencies in recent years, including a run at Caesars Palace that wraps its seventh leg in October. He is expected to pay tribute to the late Liberace at the 65th annual Emmy Awards, which will air live Sept. 22 on CBS.

This month, John will issue his 30th solo album, "The Diving Board," a stripped-down collection of songs that returns him to the sound of his earliest recordings. He has called it "the most exciting solo record I've done in a long, long time" as well as "the most piano-oriented album of my career" and "my most adult album."

In other concert news

Early '90s noisemakers My Bloody Valentine will play St. Paul's Roy Wilkins Auditorium Nov. 1. The $33 tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster. The group's 1991 album "Loveless" is considered one of the decade's finest moments. In February, after a 22-year break, the band released the follow-up, the highly acclaimed "MBV."

Pop music critic Ross Raihala can be reached at 651-228-5553. Follow him at


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