Elton John Follows Yellow Brick Round to PNC on Farewell Tour; Here Come the Mummies to Jergel’s; Millvale Days (Fri.,
1) “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” is an outstanding song by the English piano rocker Elton John. It’s also the last song of his encore set on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which visits PNC Park for a highly anticipated concert. John is one of the world’s best-selling musical acts. He’s sold over 300 million records. (Would that many reach the Moon from Earth?) John has charted more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive no. 1 U.S. albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 top 10, four no. 2 and nine at no. 1. And from 1970 to 2000 he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. One reason for that success is his long-running songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Taupin would write the lyrics and give them to John who would then compose the music.
In 1970, “Your Song,” from his second, eponymous album, was the first tune that really got John noticed. He was a sight to see in his early years with his stylish eyeglasses and flamboyant outfits. John, a very talented piano player and singer, created songs that ruled the rock radio airwaves, especially in the 1970s. They included “Daniel,” “Honky Cat,” “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.” John’s touch has woven its way through the cultural fabric in other ways, too. He rewrote the lyrics to his “Candle in the Wind,” originally about Marilyn Monroe, to reflect the life of Princess Diana after her tragic death in 1997. John has also excelled on Broadway and received Tony Award nominations for Best Original Musical Score for The Lion King, Aida, and Billy Elliott, winning for Aida. Being a gay man, he fought for more funds to combat AIDS and raised large sums himself with his Elton John AIDS Foundation. He is retiring to spend more time with his husband David Furnish and their two children. John has been a part-time resident of Atlanta, Georgia, since 1991. 8 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore. (R.H.)
2) A band that dresses in a slightly different way—in bandages—is Here Come the Mummies. Individual mummies have names like Mummy Cass, K.W. TuT, Spaz, The Flu, and Eddie Mummy. Songs include “King of the Underworld” and “Late Night Booty Call.” The band is a group of very talented musicians from Nashville who formed in 2000 and are said to hide their identities to avoid problems with the record companies that they are under contract to. No word on whether they are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Their latest studio LP is 2016’s A Blessing and a Curse. Special guest is Saxquatch. Jergel’s Rythym Grille, 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (M.V., R.H.)
3) It’s Millvale Days time again this year. Highlights include music, vendors, food, rides, games, a parade, professional wrestling, and more. The musical bill features Royal Honey (8 p.m.), Liz Berlin (9 p.m.), and Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors (10 p.m.). Mr. Smalls Presents & Millvale Music Festival Mainstage. Millvale.