Syracuse University has just given a big hint at what this week’s “big concert announcement” will be.
“Big concert announcement coming tomorrow! Who do you think it is? (Hint: they previously played on campus in the early 2000s),” SU’s official Twitter account wrote on Tuesday.
Attached was an orange-tinted photo of the Carrier Dome with a large black “E” and a star on top of the image. The logo is identical to one used by Sir Elton John, who’s expected to announce new dates on his farewell tour Wednesday.
And yes, Elton John previously performed at the Carrier Dome in the 2000s. He and fellow piano legend Billy Joel drew 38,500 fans for a joint concert in 2001.
“When the two pop giants were on stage together… their voices and piano work blended as neatly as two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen,” critic Mark Bialczak wrote in 2001.
Is it possible Elton John and Billy Joel will perform together again at the Carrier Dome? Possibly, but John has been performing his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” since 2018 as a solo act, and Joel has his own solo shows scheduled, including an Aug. 14 concert at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo. It’s also worth noting that John’s farewell tour came through Upstate New York with a 2018 concert in Buffalo and a 2019 stop in Albany, but previously skipped Syracuse.
In other words, you can bet on Elton John coming to the Carrier Dome. When will the show be scheduled? Likely 2022, according to online rumors and other social media accounts that have posted similarly cryptic teasers for “big” concert announcements; John is expected to add to his farewell tour, which was halted by the coronavirus pandemic, with a series of stadium shows.
John, 74, is performing hits from his 50-year career including “Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Your Song,” “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
Past concerts that were teased with vague press releases about a “major” event include Billy Joel in 2014 and Paul McCartney in 2017. Other big names that have played the Carrier Dome in the past include the Rolling Stones, Prince, Luke Bryan, Neil Diamond, New Kids On The Block, Garth Brooks and Bon Jovi.
The “big” concert would be the first in the Carrier Dome since the stadium underwent major renovations, including changes to the roof, a massive center-hung video scoreboard, an enhanced sound system, and the addition of air conditioning. Fans were first able to experience the improvements in March when attendance was opened up for Syracuse lacrosse games after a year shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.
New York state recently ended most remaining Covid-19 rules after hitting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s vaccination goal of 70% of adults getting at least one shot. Indoor theaters, arenas, stadiums and other venues that hold over 5,000 people can open up to 100% capacity with no social distancing or masks, but attendees must show proof of vaccination; unvaccinated people must currently still show proof of a recent negative Covid test if they are over the age of 4 and must continue wearing masks.
Covid rules could change by the time the concert takes place, depending on when it is and where the state is with vaccinations and cases at that time.