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Loyal fans camp out for Elton John concert tickets

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Half a dozen people were braving the elements Thursday night, to make sure they get tickets to see Elton John at the Covelli Centre. One loyal fan started the line Thursday morning.

This 11-year old's Cub Scout skills have been put to the test.

"We have food, we have a cot, we have everything we need," said Michael Santiago.

Michael Santiago and his mother Tracy have been camping out since 5:30 p.m. Thursday to get Elton John tickets when they first go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

One fan in line, who didn't want to go on camera, said she tried to order tickets online in 2010 and wasn't able to get through. That show sold out in record time. 

Tracy Santiago said she waited outside in 2010 but has heard stories about what it was like to get tickets through the Internet at that time.

"A lot of people were very angry because they weren't able to get the tickets online. The server was backed up and I wasn't taking that risk," she said.

Jim O'Neill of Lake Milton was first in line 24 hours in advance at 10 a.m. Last time he was second in line.

"Get to see a great entertainer once in a lifetime and he came back so why not do it again," he said.

There's a comradery among these fans who are loyal to the Rocket Man.

"He is my all time favorite entertainer I just love him," said Tracy Santiago. But her son Michael was braving the elements for someone more important to him.

"So that I can actually make her (his mom Tracy) happy! Cause I actually love my mother."

A devotion that's helping keep these folks warm overnight.

The show is February 1, 2014. Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. at the Covelli Centre box office, www.ticketmaster.com,  Ticketmaster Outlets and by phone at (800-745-3000). A service charge is added to each ticket. There is an eight ticket limit per customer.

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