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Elton John sets L.A. concert date

Elton John's tour, tied to his spare and acclaimed new album 'The Diving Board,' hits Staples on Oct. 4

Elton John hasn't headlined a solo concert date in L.A. in 13 years. But that's about to end this fall.

The singer-songwriter has announced that he'll finally play his first solo headline date in the Southland in more than a decade. The tour, tied to his spare and acclaimed new album, "The Diving Board," will hit Staples Center on Oct. 4.

John's 10-city All the Hits Tour will cull from his decades-long career, including highlights from his landmark album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," which recently received a heavy-duty remaster and reissue on its 40th anniversary.

John told The Times' Randall Roberts, on the occasion of re-issuing "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," that "I'm not a nostalgic artist by trait. I don't listen to my old stuff at all. But this had been planned for such a long time I had to go back and listen to the record all over again, and figure out what I'm talking about. And it was wonderful to revisit an era that was so magical, so innocent, so exciting, and it brought back lots of really wonderful, positive memories."

In John's more contemporary pursuits, "The Diving Board" returned him to his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin and sports work from the lauded rock and roots music producer T Bone Burnett.

For Elton John live purists, this tour will also feature original band members including guitarist Davey Johnstone and drummer Nigel Olsson.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 9 at 10 a.m.

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