Elton John played to enthusiastic crowds in Louisiana and Mississippi, firing off hit after hit.

It was the first Baton Rouge concert in 21 years for the British singer and pianist, the first in 10 years for Biloxi.

Sir Elton told more than 11,000 people in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Saturday that he was happy to be back in Biloxi after 10 years and complimented the city on its growth since Hurricane Katrina, The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/ZvfGaw ) reported.

"I'm so glad this place has put itself back together," he said.

Fans there included a group of women who danced in wearing pink feather boas and black T-shirts emblazoned with "Elton."

Brenda Silkman of Gulfport and her friends Nancy Draughn of Dallas and Jan Jennings, Seletta Lee, Debbie Swindoll and Debbie Cedotal, all of Petal, said they were celebrating girls' night and a 37th high school reunion.

In Baton Rouge, John often left the grand piano Friday night to acknowledge the River Center Arena audience, pointing into the crowd and seemingly posing for thousands of cellphone cameras, The Advocate (http://bit.ly/14GyhIO ) reported.

John, who turned 66 on March 25, acknowledged his escalating years more than once, adding that he loves his work more and more as the years pass.

John and his band -- including Nigel Olsson, drummer with the group since 1969; Davey Johnstone, guitarist and mandolinist with John since 1971; and singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Rose Stone from Sly and the Family Stone -- performed for 2 ? hours without an intermission.