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Elton John to perform in Boise one last time on ‘Final Curtain’ tour

Elton John’s three Boise concerts over the years have been sellouts, and if you want to see the fleet-fingered pop legend stand on his piano one last time, Oct. 10 is your chance.

“The Bitch is Back,” as a grinning John loves to proclaim. But this time, it’s to say “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

“This is it,” John’s longtime tour manager, DC Parmet, explained in a phone call from London. “I feel incredibly confident that this will be our last swing through Boise.”

The 8 p.m. show at Taco Bell Arena — on a Saturday, perfect for shouting along to “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” — is part of “The Final Curtain” tour. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 12 via Ticketmaster. Prices were unavailable at press time, but when John played Taco Bell Arena in 2011, tickets cost $29, $79 and $129 plus fees.

John will keep performing after this tour, but the 68-year-old Brit probably won’t stop in smaller markets such as the Treasure Valley. Having 2- and 4-year-old sons has shifted his priorities.

“The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family and less time touring,” John said in a press release. “I am all too aware of how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly, their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them.”

John first visited Boise State’s arena in 1999, when he performed a solo gig that remains the venue’s fastest sellout. The other two concerts there — in 2006 and 2011 — were further energized by his backing band, which will be the case again.

Parmet said the large stage production will include an arched video wall about 60 feet wide and 30 feet high at its peak. John’s performance should last around 2 hours and 45 minutes, he estimated, spanning a five-decade, chart-topping career that includes 58 Top 40 hits.

“That’s one thing about Elton when he performs live shows,” Parmet said. “He figures if people are making the effort and taking time out of their everyday lives to come see him, he doesn’t want to leave them with an hour’s worth of lip synching, costume changes and band medleys and stuff. He wants to give people their money’s worth times 1,000.”

More information: TacoBellArena.com.

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