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March 28, 2011

Elton John's front row at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena: Young, hot guys, mostly

elton john in baltimore Does Elton John like a good-looking front row? Sam Sessa hears from a fan who saw John at 1st Mariner Arena.

Hi all, it's Midnight Sun alum Sam Sessa (Erik is on vacation until tomorrow) with a funny Elton John tidbit.

I wasn't able to make John's Baltimore concert Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena, but my good friend Kristin did. She scored second-row seats ("10 feet from Elton!") from a local radio station.

Once she and her date were situated, they turned to the young, good-looking guys ahead of them and asked them how they'd managed to land front row seats. They had been sitting further back when one of John's crew came up and offered them seats in the front row.

Kristin marveled at this, until she realized that most of the folks in the front row -- at least the ones near John -- were young, hot guys.

Then she knew what was up. 

Apparently, it's something John has done for a while. When he goes on tour with Billy Joel, the front row is half hot guys and half hot chicks. John and Joel have even joked about it during shows, one fan tells me.

I've heard of bands having their roadies hand-pick hot chicks to join them backstage after shows, but never filling the front rows with them. Still, it makes sense.

Also, here's Sun reporter Nick Madigan's review of the show, and a photo galley too.

Photo: Elton John at 1st Mariner Arena: (Colby Ware/Special to The Sun)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:54 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Random stuff


So then why weren't you in the front row, Sessa? HEYO!

Yep, Elton always has the pretty boys in the front. It is disappointing to many of us die-hard middle aged female fans LOL! But as long as our man is happy...

I was in the 2nd row too. The show was amazing as always :-)

Got put in the front row last night in Calgary by one of Elton's crew members! Awesome night!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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