Music by Turner: Elton John proves worth with local fans

British singer Elton John performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil in September. The star will be in Augusta for a show at James Brown Arena on March 6. Tickets from $49 to $139 were bought quickly.

Today’s “Music by Turner” begins with three quick questions.


Is the world prepared for President Obama to sing a full Al Green medley-o-hits?

Aren’t you happy that you weren’t the clueless fool who actually had the audacity to heckle Jerry Seinfeld last week at Bell Auditorium?

OK, one more: So … did you get your Elton John tickets?

It wasn’t surprising at all to see the bespectacled Brit sell most of the seats in just one day for his March 6 performance at James Brown Arena. Augusta is like an under-fished country pond as promoters are quickly learning that we locals will support top-shelf acts when they come to our town.

As with former stage-shy contemporaries such as Steely Dan and Paul McCartney, Sir Elton has rediscovered his love for performing live. He played 228 shows in 2010 and 2011 and shows no sign of slowing down. His Augusta show is three days after a multi-night run in Mexico City.

As my old friend and fellow EJ fan Jim Tar pointed out to me, John has three of his stellar ’70s-era musicians on board – drummer Nigel Olsson, guitarist Davey Johnstone and percussionist Ray Cooper. These three musicians played on many of John’s hits from his salad days, and it’s going to be very exciting to see the trio recreate their immense contributions on an Augusta stage.


MR. MOJO STILL RISIN’ DEPARTMENT. Forty years ago, The Doors released L.A. Woman, their final album featuring Jim Morrison. Hits on the disc include Love Her Madly and Riders on the Storm, which, along with the title track L.A. Woman, are regarded by many as among their best work. Look for a special edition of the disc this week that contains outtakes, studio banter, and a DVD featuring interviews about the album’s creation with the surviving members of the band.


RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS fans should not pass go, collect $200 or travel to Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Jan. 28, because the band has postponed the show until April 17. Singer Anthony Kiedis is recuperating from foot surgery that has sidelined the band until spring. Previously purchased tickets will be honored.


LAST WEEK’S contest winner is Becky Wilson, of North Augusta, who wins dinner for four at B.C. Davenport’s. Check out the fried oysters this week.


TURNER’S QUICK NOTES: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have an April 29 date at the Verizon Wireless Shed in Atlanta … Widespread Panic has a four-night gig at Atlanta’s Tabernacle Jan. 26-29.