John, whose career has spanned five decades, is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with achievements including 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, and 29 consecutive Top 40 hits. He has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. "Candle in the Wind '97," which sold 37 million copies, holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. John has played nearly 3,000 concerts across the globe since his career began in 1969. His songs include "Your Song," "Rocket Man," "Bennie and the Jets," "Philadelphia Freedom," "Crocodile Rock" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
John previously performed at the WSU’s Nutter Center on April 20, 1993, and June 9, 1999, according to the center. He performed at the University of Dayton Arena on Oct. 3, 1973, according to a story published in the Flyer News, the University of Dayton’s independent, student-run newspaper.