Original “Rocket Man” to land in Moline
Based on the name of his tour, Sir Elton John is promising concertgoers a “Wonderful Crazy Night” Friday, when he and his band will take the stage at 8 p.m. at the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline.
The 70-year-old pop legend last played Moline just over 10 years ago, in October 2007.
A review of a September 2017 show in Australia at dailyreview.com/au called it “a smartly structured and dynamic two-hour set of many of his biggest hits from the 1970s and early ’80s. It can be easy to forget the breadth of John’s catalog, but you’re certainly reminded of the extraordinary strength of his compositions as he rattles through stadium-conquering hit after hit, from the cheesy but melodically infectious ‘Crocodile Rock’ to the solemn tribute ‘Candle in the Wind’ and the deeply romantic ‘Tiny Dancer.’
“Although John’s distinctive falsetto register was lost 30 years ago following throat surgery, he’s still able to deliver a soulful and powerful vocal on numbers like ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ and the little known ‘Have Mercy on the Criminal,’ ” the review said.
Tickets here are $ 49.50, $ 79.50, and $ 149.50. They’re available at the arena box office, Ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
Olivia Newton-John bounces back
The long wait for local fans of Olivia Newton-John fans will end Saturday, when the 69-year-old Australian superstar will perform at Davenport’s Adler Theatre at 7:30 p.m. She had to postpone her tour earlier this year — including a planned May date at the Adler — because of a recurrence of breast cancer. Ms. Newton-John returned to the stage Aug. 24.
With a career spanning five decades, her successes include four Grammys, several Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice awards, an Emmy, 10 No. 1 hits, and more than 15 Top 10 singles, including big hits from the 1978 movie musical “Grease.”
In 1992, Ms. Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Her triumph over cancer led her to create the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.
A review of an April 2017 Atlanta show at ajc.com said her voice has “a pristine sheen that coats the singer’s immense catalog. Even when she was coy and flirty, an essence of innocence always toppled any impure insinuations.”
Tickets ($ 44, $ 64, $ 79) are available at the Adler box office, 136 E. 3rd St.; Ticketmaster.com; and 800-745-3000.
Q-C’s biggest man cave returns
The QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, will again be transformed into the Quad-Cities’ largest man cave this weekend. In addition to offering products and services guys will love, the WHBF and Wiebler’s Harley Davidson Man Show will provide fun for the whole family.
Hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Friday’s highlights will include a police tasing demonstration, restaurant-quality barbecue that can be made at home, remote-control track racing and tricks, and learning about sportscasting with Jay Kidwell.
Saturday will feature a pin-up contest, demonstrations by Spellious Martial Arts, a chance to be a meteorologist with Andy McCray, a Hooters wing-eating contest, and more. Sunday will feature a virtual reality simulation, power wood carving, a Famous Dave’s rib-eating contest, and man cave drawing.
Show admission is $ 5 per person, free for those younger than 16 who are accompanied by an adult. All active military members and veterans will be admitted for free Friday.
Playcrafters finds a “Miracle on 34th Street”
Playcrafters, 4950 35th Ave., Moline, will unwrap a holiday gift with its new production, the classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” based on the beloved 1947 film.
In this heartwarming and familiar story, Kris Kringle gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s department store and unleashes waves of goodwill. A young lawyer decides to defend him when Kris ends up in a competency hearing. Can they convince a divorced, cynical single mother, her somber daughter, and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth?
Directed by Tyler Henning, and starring Don Fey as Kris and Chloe Hansen as Susan, the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (plus Nov. 17-18) and 3 p.m. Sunday (plus Nov. 19). Tickets are $ 13, and they’re available at 309-762-0330 and playcrafters.com.