Elton John to play Grande Prairie for the first time on April 26

We may not be getting Madonna in Edmonton – the closest she’s coming is Vancouver on Sept. 29 – but at least Grande Prairie is getting one of her harshest critics.

Yes, Sir Elton John will be making his first ever stop in the Northern Alberta town, playing solo at the Crystal Centre on Thursday, April 26. Tickets ($91.50 or $151.50) go on sale Friday. There is no Edmonton date scheduled at this time. The venerable British hitmaker is touring his “Greatest Hits Live” show, which did come to Edmonton in 1999, drawing almost 18,000 fans to Rexall Place. Then as now – and there are no new greatest hits that we know of – audiences are encouraged to sing along to such favourites as Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets, Crocodile Rock and many more, in fact, too many to mention here. John has amassed at least five decades worth of classic hits.

As for being Madonna’s worst critic, he’s been quite savage in bashing her for lip-syncing, though they are apparently friends. The same cannot be said for Elton’s husband David Furnish, who declared that he would not watch Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show – even though everybody else in the world did. His loss.