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Elton John to Perform at UW April 3

February 25, 2009 — Legendary musician Elton John returns to Wyoming for a solo performance Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Arena-Auditorium.

Reserved tickets go on sale Monday, March 2, at 8 a.m. at the Arena-Auditorium ticket office and box offices at the Wyoming Union and Fine Arts Center. Tickets also can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-922-9461 or (307) 766-4850. Tickets prices are $35, $65 and $85 with a limit of six per customer.

The event is part of John's 2009 tour "Rocket Man: Number Ones" and benefits the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

"The University is thrilled to have legendary artist Elton John return to Laramie for a concert in the Arena-Auditorium," says UW President Tom Buchanan. "Elton John has been a long time supporter of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and UW's Matthew Shepard Symposium, and we are appreciative of his continued interest in both."

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year-old son, Matthew, a UW student who was murdered October, 1998. Created to honor him in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs and aspirations, the foundation seeks to "replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance" through its varied educational, outreach and advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Shepard's story.

For more information about the foundation and its programs, visit the Web site

"Ten years ago, Sir Elton did a concert in Laramie to benefit the foundation. It was wonderful beyond description. He is a gracious and generous human being. We are sincerely grateful for his continuing support," says Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

John will play his greatest hits as well as songs from his latest release, "Rocket Man: Number Ones." He has sold more than 200 million records and continues to add innovative work to his personal repertoire of 29 Top 40 hits, 35 gold and 25 platinum albums.

For more information about the concert, visit the Arena-Auditorium web site at

Elton John (Elton John Aids Foundation)

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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