By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Sparkling in a rhinestone-studded navy blue suit, Sir Elton John had Tupelo in the palm of his hands at his concert at the BancorpSouth Arena on Wednesday night.
Nearly 8,400 attended the sold-out concert, where John celebrated the 40th anniversary of his classic album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
John performed hits from that album like “Bennie and the Jets” and “Candle in the Wind,” as well as other hits like “Levon,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song” and “Rocket Man.”
Fans screamed and jumped to their feet at the first note of “Bennie, and the Jets,” and he received many standing ovations.
“I’m very happy to be here,” he told the crowd.
John brought in fans of all ages, from seniors to one fan who had a sign saying she was a “10-year-old ‘Tiny Dancer.’”
Sheila Snyder of Belden attended the show with her husband, her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend. She’d seen John before and said his showmanship was equal to none.
“His magnificence on the stage is what’s so great,” she said.
Snyder was hoping to bring back a few stories to tell to her son, who’s a college student and couldn’t make the show.
“My 22-year-old son couldn’t be here,” she said. “Even my kids think (John) is cool.”
The concert is John’s second time to perform to a sold-out crowd at the BancorpSouth Arena; his first show was in February 1998.
A reissue of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” will be released Tuesday, which is John’s 67th birthday.
It will include a bonus disc of artists such as The Band Perry, Fall Out Boy, Zac Brown Band, Miguel and Emeli Sande covering songs from the album.