Elton John Concert Helps U.S. Troops, Military Families Feel the Love

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Can you feel the love tonight? For 500 American troops and military family members who got free tickets an Elton John concert in the historic German city of Freiburg im Breisgau, the answer is a resounding yes.

Thanks to the generosity of eps infrastructure and service GmbH, which have donated thousands of marquee concert tickets to U.S. forces since 2007, military families had the privilege of watching one of the world’s greatest entertainers belt out mega-hits like “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” “Rocketman,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

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U.S. forces lucky enough to land tickets, which were distributed by USO Europe at USO centers throughout Germany, got the chance to forget about the stress of life during wartime for a few hours on July 1. By all accounts, the service members and military families in attendance had a wonderful time at the event.

With a stunning southwest German sunset as a backdrop, Elton John played another one of his biggest hits, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.” A YouTube clip shows the capacity crowd giving the singer a standing ovation at the performance’s conclusion.

When the sun did finally set on Freiburg im Breisgau on the night of July 1, one fact was bright and clear. The USO, along with generous donors like eps infrastructure and service GmbH, will never let the sun go down on our troops and their families. - Tom Sileo, USO Director of Story Development