VERO BEACH ― Fans of Elton John will be delighted with the Jan. 20 return of the Rocket Man show to the Emerson Center in Vero Beach.

Rus Anderson, the Tampa-based showman from Glasgow, U.K. who plays the part of Elton, has perfected both the sound and the look. He was chosen by Elton John himself to appear as his official body double for Elton’s 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' world tour. Together with Elton's team, he recreated Elton’s 1970 U.S. debut at L.A.’s Troubadour, and his L.A. Dodgers Stadium concert from 1975.

For the Rocket Man tribute at the Emerson Center, the focus is 1970s and 1980s Elton John, when the singer was most energetic and flamboyant, and Mr. Anderson pulls it off in style.

“Rocket Man is a 70s Elton tribute, with the big extravagant outfits that he became famous for,” Mr. Anderson told Hometown News. “We portray the younger Elton.”

Rocket Man has been playing sold-out shows throughout the U.S. at venues like the House of Blues, Hard Rock Café, and BB King’s, and they’ve been endorsed by the Elton John Fan Club and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

“Our show is an exact re-enactment of an early Elton John concert, featuring gorgeous, exact replica costumes,” said Mr. Anderson, adding that he includes some items actually worn by Elton. Each costume is designed to exactly match looks from Elton's early decades on stage.

“Everything is 100 percent live,” Mr. Anderson said, “no lip-synching.”

Rus Anderson moved to the U.S. from Scotland in 2003 and created Rocket Man: The Elton John Show “as a tribute to my main influence, a man who has shown that the best way to entertain is to be yourself, Sir Elton John.”

“It is an intense, sincere and magical musical journey with no cheese and no cheap party store disco shirts! Audiences laugh, cry, sing and dance, not always in that order, whilst having a blast of energy recalling the highs and lows of Elton's career.”

The show includes both ballads and driving rock songs like Your Song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Bennie and The Jets, Crocodile Rock, Candle In The Wind, Captain Fantastic, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, and, of course, Rocket Man. It is a colorful trip down the yellow brick road.

For more information about Rocket Man and to see performance videos, visit

Tickets are $35-$85, available at or by calling (800) 595-4849. The non-profit partner for this show is Grand Harbor Community Outreach.

The Emerson Center is located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th St. and 27th Ave.

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