Friday, September 14, 2012

TONIGHT: Elton John struggling to fill USF Sun Dome 'grand opening' in Tampa

When Elton John came to the St. Pete Times Forum with Billy Joel on a Thursday night in 2009, the piano men played in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,898.

John's performance tonight at the the "grand opening"of the newly renovated USF Sun Dome in Tampa, which holds 11,000 for concerts, will take place in front of a much smaller audience.

"Great seats have just been released and are available for purchase," reads the email sent today from Global Spectrum Global Spectrum, the Philadelphia-based company that manages the USF Sun Dome and more than 100 other venues around the world.

Potential ticket buyers are informed that "Elton John and His Band are returning to Tampa for his first headline appearance in 14 years to take the stage at the USF Sun Dome for the Grand Opening ... One of the most successful live bands on the road today, Elton and his band put on the kind of concert you will never forget: the entire audience standing, dancing and singing along with much-loved classic songs such as 'Your Song,' 'Rocket Man,' 'Bennie and the Jets,' 'Philadelphia Freedom,' 'Crocodile Rock,' 'Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, and many more."

Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 14, USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; $39.50-$139.50. Information: 1-800-745-3000 or

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—A Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, file photo of British singer Elton John performing on stage during a concert in Zurich, Switzerland. ASSOCIATED PRESS WALTER BIERI — AP


Anonymous said...

Worst venue setup and show i have ever seen sound was aweful as was the event setup and parking. Half the people cound'nt even get in until about 900pm beacuse of bad planning fron event staffers... I will never go to the USF SUNDOME again...

Anonymous said...

I had great seats in the mezzanie a section from the stage and the sound was awful. I've been too loud concerts before and enjoyed them. This was definitely high on the loudness meter, but the sound wasn't clear. Everything blended together in a big blur. Really a pity for the price. Plus the cheapest t-shirt was $40. (Springsteen starts at $30.) So so greedy.