Elton John Returns to Bridgeport

I guess that's why they call it the Bluefish.

Elton John is bringing his All the Hits tour to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport November 8. Tickets go on sale Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. for $49, $89 and $159.

Last time I personally saw Elton John in Connecticut, it was a not-all-hits tour at New Haven Coliseum in 1993 featuring percussionist Ray Cooper. Cooper’s equipment took up much more of the stadium stage than Elton John’s piano did. It was a time when Elton John seemed to be stretching in all sorts of directions. This is a guy with multiple mid-career crises and major comebacks: various sidemen and tourmates (Cooper, Billy Joel), the return to concept albums (and sequels to concept albums), reunions with Bernie Taupin and others, the Vegas years, that movie with the gnomes…

According to www.eltonography.com, Elton John has played in Connecticut 20 times since 1970. The first was at the University of Bridgeport on his first U.S. tour; the three most recent times—two shows in November 2008 and one in March 2011—were at Mohegan Sun Arena. He last played Bridgeport in April 2004, for two shows when Webster Bank Arena was known as The Arena at Harbor Yard.

This tour—which falls in between a Sept./Oct. slew of Vegas shows and December concerts in Russia, France, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic— might actually improve on recent “hits” tours, since there’s a new Elton John album due out this month (The Diving Board, produced by T-Bone Burnett) and he’ll probably play a few songs from that on top of “All the Hits.”