Rus Anderson as Elton John

Rus Anderson will perform the Elton John Rocket Man tribute show at 5 and 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand.

The Athens Theatre is starting the new year with a bang, or rather with a Rocket Man.

Scotsman Rus Anderson, Elton John's official body double for his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” world tour videos and photos, will portray the Rocket Man live Jan,. 8-9.

Hand-picked by Elton John himself, it was Mr. Anderson’s live production, The Rocket Man Show, which got him noticed. In the show, he recreates the magic and live persona of a young Elton like no other. Storming around the stage with a fun-loving sense of flamboyance; part diva, part soccer player, killer vocalist, fierce piano player, all rock & roller.

With Mr. Anderson's painstaking attention to detail, including wearing colorful & spectacular costumes (many actually worn by Elton), it is widely-known the most authentic Elton John tribute show in the world.

Mr. Anderson and his band of crackerjack musicians are the best in the business. The show is 100% live in both vocals and instrumentation. The performance itself is an extremely sincere, intense and visual spectacle of a journey. There are ballads and driving rock songs, so be prepared to laugh, cry, sing, and dance as this performance will remind everyone of the highs and lows of Elton's epic career.

The Rocket Man Show is a regular feature across the USA at venues like the House of Blues, Hard Rock Live, Caesar's, Harrah's, Legends in Concert, BB King's, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World.

The show will be at 5 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Athens, 124 N. Florida Ave.

Socially distant tickets are priced at $35 for Preferred Seating (Row A-E, Downstairs Center, & Row CC-DD Balcony Center) and $30 for Adults. Pairs of tickets are available at AthensDeLand.com and groups larger than two can reserve tickets by calling the Box Office at (386) 736-1500. Box Office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and one and a half hours before live performances.

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