I guess that's why they call it the blues.
Elton John postponed his concert slated for Tuesday night at the La Crosse Center after an unusual snowstorm pounded the region and disappointed the 6,500 fans who had scored tickets.
The concert is expected to be rescheduled for early in May.
The singer elected to postpone the show when it became clear Tuesday that weather conditions would affect plane travel. A flurry of phone calls back and forth to London, and someone in Elton John's management finally decided the singer wouldn't fly.
"It was out of concern for the safety of people that were coming to the concert and his flight coming in from the East," La Crosse Center Director Art Fahey said.
As soon as the postponement was announcement, crews turned around, packed up the gear and put it back on the trucks.
"Everything was here with the exception of the artist," Fahey said.
La Crosse airport manager Dan Wruck said some local flights were delayed as a result of backups at hubs but that the weather wasn't a factor for planes in La Crosse.
"We're good here," he said. "We're open, ready for business."
Tickets for Tuesday's show sold out in just more than an hour, making it the fastest selling concert in the history of the La Crosse Center.
Those tickets will be honored at the rescheduled concert. Tickets can also be refunded at their points of purchase.
Elton John is famous for never canceling, Fahey said, but the weather took that decision away from him.
"He does not cancel," Fahey said. "He would be here if there was any way possible. It's definitely this weather that did it."
Organizers are working to reschedule the show and will announce a new date soon.
Tickets sold for Tuesday's concert will be honored for the rescheduled concert.
Can't make the rescheduled date? Tickets may be refunded if you bought them from the La Crosse Center box office or an authorized ticket outlet. If you bought from Ticketmaster, the company will contact you to find out if you want a refund or want to keep your ticket.
The show goes on at lacrossetribune.com. Check out the Virtual Concert to hear performances of what might have been played at Tuesday's show. The setlist comes from a previous stop on Elton John's tour.
The Elton John concert has been postponed, but the show goes on at lacrossetribune.com. Click on the Virtual Concert link to hear what might have been played at Tuesday's concert.
Here's an earlier story:
1:55 p.m. update: Tonight's Elton John concert has been postponed due to weather conditions, and it's little bit like having a "Funeral For a Friend." La Crosse Center Director Art Fahey said the concert was postponed this afternoon when it became apparent weather conditions were not going to allow Elton John's plane to arrive here safely.
The concert will be rescheduled for sometime in May.
"It was out of concern for the safety of people that were coming and his flight coming in from the East," Fahey said.
So the bad news is that nobody is going to see Elton John perform tonight.
The good news is that anybody holding a ticket for tonight's concert can hang onto that ticket and use it for the rescheduled concert.
If the new date won't work for you, then you can return your ticket for a refund, Fahey said. If you bought it at the La Crosse Center box office or a ticket outlet, you can return the ticket to your point of purchase. If you bought your ticket from Ticketmaster online or by phone, Ticketmaster will contact you to find out if you want a refund or to keep your ticket.
Fahey said Elton John is famous for never canceling, but the weather took that decision away from him.
"He does not cancel. He would be here if there was any way possible," Fahey said. "It's definitely this weather that did it."
Here is an earlier version of this story:
1:40 p.m. update: Tonight's Elton John concert has been postponed, according to an announcement from the La Crosse Center. A rescheduled date is anticipated for early May, the Center said.
The concert was postponed because of extreme weather conditions and concern for audience safety when traveling, the release said.
Tickets for tonight's concert will be honored on the rescheduled date in May. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.
More information will be posted Wednesday at www.lacrossetribune.com.
Here's an earlier story:
1:30 p.m.: Tonight's Elton John concert at the La Crosse Center has been postponed. The concert will be rescheduled for May, although a date has not yet been announced.
More details will be announced later.