GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Elton John is saying goodbye again.
He’s bringing his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” tour to Grand Rapids for a second time, this time with a visit to Van Andel Arena April 23.
This yellow brick road is a long one, with more than a year of goodbyes, but local artist and self-proclaimed Elton John enthusiast Mic Carlson of Grand Rapids will never be ready to say goodbye.
“When I saw him in concert for the first time, that was it,” Carlson recalled.
The exact number of shows he’s seen is unclear:
“I think I stopped counting at 40,” he said.
The first one was at Pine Knob in the Detroit area. It was the early 1980s and Grand Rapids wasn’t booking John, so Carlson would travel to Detroit, Chicago or Indianapolis to catch a concert.
“He would usually do Friday, Saturday, Monday and I would go every show,” Carlson recalled.
Carlson followed John around the country and the world. In one year alone, he saw him perform 12 times. He said it’s an energizing feeling each and every time.
“He got on top of his piano and he threw his piano bench and it shattered. I mean, a Steinway piano bench, just smashed it and threw it into the crowd and someone would get a leg and someone would get (another part), ” Carlson remembered. “He doesn’t do that anymore. And then he’d get under the piano and he’d do a handstand.”
Carlson said he doesn’t like to think about how much money he has spent on all the concerts.
Tickets for what is touted as Elton John’s last Grand Rapids show go on sale to the general public Friday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at EltonJohn.com.
American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public on Thursday at 10 a.m. through 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.