Elton John to play O2 Arena Prague in November

The piano legend appears with the Elton John Band for the first time in a decade

Sir Elton John has calmed down a bit since his era of flamboyant costumes and outlandish eyeglasses. He still puts on a good show, but without the costume changes.

The 69-year-old piano player and singer is touring to support his 33rd studio album, Wild Crazy Nights, but old hits make up the bulk of the show. He will be at Prague's O2 Arena on Nov. 26 on the European leg of the tour.

The tour band includes Elton John, of course, on piano and vocals; Davey Johnstone on guitar, banjo and backing vocals; Matt Bissonette on bass guitar and backing vocals; Kim Bullard and keyboards; Ray Cooper and percussion; John Mahon on percussion and backing vocals; and Nigel Olsson on drums and backing vocals.

The concert features a good helping of hits from 1973 double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, making up almost 30 percent of the show, more than double the number of songs from the new album.

The albums Caribou, Madman Across the Water, Too Low for Zero and Honky Château are also well-represented in the show. Hits include “Tiny Dancer,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “The Bitch is Back,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Your Song,” which is his signature tune.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road lends structure to the concert, with “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” starting the show and songs building in intensity until “Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)” and “Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting” close out the main set. “Candle in the Wind” features in the encore.

Conspicuously missing in action is his cover of the Who's “Pinball Wizard,” which so far has not made an appearance on the tour.

Sir Elton is one of the best selling music artists in the world, with more than 250 million records sold. Critics have called Wild Crazy Nights a return to roots and a career achievement.

The album was written by Sir Elton his long-term collaborator Bernie Taupin, and features the Elton John Band for the first time in a decade.

“There is a matured pacing and weight to the music and John's vocal performances that make this record one of his finest in its own right,” a review in music magazine Rolling Stone said.

The Guardian called it a “perfect blend of maturity and freshness.”

Sir Elton has been nominated 11 times for a Grammy Award, winning five times, and he received the Grammy Legend award in 2001.

He also has been involved in the fight against AIDS and in 1992 created the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

In 1998, he was knighted by the Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to pop music and the fight against AIDS. He is also active in the campaign for LGBT rights.

Sir Elton has been making some indications that he is getting tired of touring. In 2015 he even announced some “The Final Curtain Tour” dates, but that seems now to have been an exaggeration.

In the middle of a 1977 concert, he announced that it was his last live appearance. That also turned out to have been premature.

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