That Time Elton John Messed Up The Words to “Rocket Man” in Tampa
The one and only time I got to see Elton John perform “Rocket Man,” he screwed up the lyrics. Even the most passive Elton John fan knows the opening lyrics. “She packed my bags last night pre-flight. Zero hour 9:00 a.m. And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then.”
I don’t know why I never saw an Elton John concert until a few years ago. I’m sure I had plenty of opportunities over the years. But the sense of urgency to see him when the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour stopped in Tampa for the last time (or so I thought) got me to whip out the credit card. Sure enough, not even a week after his “farewell” concert at Amalie Arena, he announced another farewell concert… at Amalie Arena. I didn’t make that one because I figured there would probably be another. There won’t be.
Tonight, Elton John plays his final U.S. performance in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. Surprisingly, tickets really aren’t that outrageously expensive. If you can leave for California now, you can still make it… tickets start at about $125. That’s a far cry from what people are paying for those Taylor Swift tickets we all heard about this week.