Elton John Thanks ‘Arkansas City’ After Kansas City Concert


A message from Sir Elton John thanking “Arkansas City” fans after a Kansas City concert was posted on his official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

Pop star Sir Elton John took to Twitter to thank Kansas City fans who showed up to his latest show – but his post contained an error that was quickly noticed on social media.

“What a great night @tmobilecenter in Arkansas City! Thank you to everyone who came out – you were all amazing,” the rock and roll icon tweeted early Wednesday, along with several photos from inside T-Mobile Center.

The message was posted on John’s official Twitter account. But it wasn’t immediately clear if the artist wrote the tweet himself.

The 74-year-old British musician appeared in Kansas City on Tuesday night as part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. It was his first local appearance in nearly three years, and came after an earlier concert date was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 250 miles to the south is a town in Arkansas, Kansas, near the Oklahoma border. Another is in Arkansas, along the Mississippi River.

In replies to John’s official Twitter account on Wednesday, a few social media observers — including onlookers — light-heartedly pointed out the mistake.

“Oh dear. You were in Kansas City. Bad state and bad town,” one person said.

“T-Mobile Center is in Kansas City :). I was there and had a blast!!” another added.

“I hope everyone in Arkansas City, MO enjoyed the show!” says another.

The flub is certainly not the first from a non-native. Geographic errors are a sore spot for locals – and a common mistake made by those unfamiliar with the area.

In 2020, after the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, then-President Donald Trump praised the team for representing “the great state of Kansas”. The tweet was later corrected.

This story was originally published February 2, 2022 5:58 p.m.

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Bill Lukitsch covers breaking news for The Star. Prior to joining The Star, he covered politics and local government for the Quad-City Times.

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