(FOX 9) – As a popular piano artist, Daina De Prez knows more than a dozen Elton John songs by heart.
But soon, she will be able to see him play them in person for the very first time.
“I feel lucky. I feel so lucky, and this is a unique experience for me,” De Prez told FOX 9.
De Prez has been a regular at piano bars like Nye’s around the Twin Cities for over 20 years.
She says Elton John’s showmanship and ability to command the stage has inspired her since she started tickling ivories.
“I’ve always wanted to lead the band from the piano bench, but when I saw it, I thought to myself, you can lead the band from the piano bench because the pianist can be that person,” said From Prez.
In an interview with the Star Tribune last week about Sir Elton’s influence on her ahead of his farewell tour landing at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, De Prez said she had never seen him in gig because she couldn’t afford it.
A local pianist sees Elton John perform for the first time thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Within hours, a couple who couldn’t make it to the show offered De Prez their tickets, saying she was the perfect person to go in their place.
“A pianist goes to see another pianist,” De Prez said. “I felt like there were some wonderful, generous people in the world and I was just contacted by one of them on the phone.”
De Prez says she plans to take her daughter to see the “Rocket Man” say goodbye to the yellow brick road.
And it’s probably going to be a very long time before his spirits are ready to come down to earth.
“Wow. Thank you. Yes, I’m going to have a great time. It’s going to be amazing. I’m already excited,” De Prez said.