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Elton John bringing impressive catalog to USF Sun Dome

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

When Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John officially opens the refurbished USF Sun Dome Friday, you can bet he'll take the audience on a trip down the yellow brick road of a glittering career that spans more than 40 years and an impressive catalog of songs.

One of the most successful artists in history, the Rocket Man has played four previous concerts at the Sun Dome.

Here's a look at Sir Elton John by the numbers:

1 Son. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. (British papers report John and David Furnish are expecting a second child via a surrogate.)

1 Academy Award, won in 1994, for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from "The Lion King"

2 Spouses. Married Renate Blauel in 1984 (divorced in1988); entered into a civil partnership with filmmaker David Furnish in 2005

3 Place on Billboard's Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists, behind Madonna (No. 2) and The Beatles

3 Age when he began playing piano

4 Times he's played the USF Sun Dome

5 Movie appearances; four as himself and one as Pinball Wizard in "Tommy" (1975)

6 Grammy Awards, including 1999's Grammy Legend Award and most recently in 2001 for Best Musical Show Album for "Aida"

7 Consecutive No. 1 albums in the United States

8 Scores, soundtracks he's written or co-written

$8.2 Millionin proceeds from Sotheby's four-day auction of 2,000 John items, from clothes to jewelry to artifacts

9 No. 1 hits on Billboard chart

10 Ranking of John's duet with Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," on Billboard magazine's list of Greatest Duets of All Time

11 Ranker.com's placement of Elton John's Grammy performance of "Stan" with Eminem, often criticized for seemingly homophobic content in his songs

11 minutes, 9 seconds. Length of the longest song he's recorded: "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" from the 1973 album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

16 Top 10 hits

25 Platinum-selling albums

29 Solo studio albums; also consecutive Top 40 hits

30 Albums on which he's collaborated with lyricist Bernie Taupin

33 million. Approximate sales of "Candle in the Wind," the second-largest single of all time behind "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby

35 Gold records

49 Ranking on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest rock 'n' roll artists; The Beatles are No. 1

56 Top 40 hits on Billboard

65 His age

241 Red Piano" concerts performed as part of a five-year "residency" at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas

$250 Price of best ticket for "The Million Dollar Piano," his current show at Caesar's

3,000 Concerts performed during his career (approximate)

$17,000 What Hard Rock Café paid for glasses that spelled out rocker's name at memorabilia auction

$119,700 spent to purchase top-selling Magritte painting of a blue fish wrapped in pearls at auction of Elton John artifacts

$88 million Total gross of 2009 Face to Face tour with Billy Joel

$200 million Money raised for Elton John AIDS Foundation

$250 million Estimated record sales

$265 million estimated wealth

ELTON JOHN

Concert preview

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa

How much: $37 to $137; all Ticketmaster locations, by phone (813) 287-8844 or at Ticketmaster.com

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