Monday, April 21, 2008

SIR ELTON: LIVE AND IN FULL GLORY.

Here I am, still humming those tunes, and hearing them all loud and clear in mee brain. WHEW! Elton John folks, has left me stupefied. A short chubby man in his early sixties now, with the digital dexterity to still play that piano the way he does, makes him nothing short of amazing/extraordinary. Yes, the venue was beautiful; a big yet still intimately small hockey stadium, sold out with some 17,000 fans. Elton's band is top-notch, many of them seasoned veterans who have played with him since the beginning, like Nigel Olsson who is still drumming with him after all these years and is the one you'll hear even on the studio recordings from the 70s. I was armed and ready: had my binoculars, borrowed digital cam, my bud S.J., and my enthusiasm! A great 2-hour & 15 minute show ladies and gentlemen! All the hits were there of course: Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Candle in the Wind, etc. and yet it was the shock and giddiness of hearing the obscure tracks like Madman Across the Water, Holiday Inn, and All the Young Girls Love Alice that made for a great concert too! How could Elton and his famous lyricist Bernie Taupin have composed such diverse songs: ballads to glam rock? It is an astounding music catalogue indeed! Oh I enjoyed myself thoroughly as did my concert buddy S.J. and yes we danced and sang along with gusto! Thank you Elton. HOT DIGGITY DAMN I SAY THANKS MAN! WOW! Levon, Pinball Wizard, Benny and the Jets, and the crowd massively singing along to Crocodile Rock was way too cool. I have seen a legend! He has pacemaker too I believe! HAHA! He loves fan adulation; gets up to point and receive fierce applause from his adoring groupies every so often and he even went as far as to sign shirts, cell phones, pictures, and albums for the ones in the front section. Overall, a four-star show! I is so giddy I can hardly contain myself!

A petite slideshow of Saturday night's events. Enjoy:

11 comments:

Lewis said...

ahhh! what a great performer, entertainer, human being we saw him a couple years ago here in portland in the 7th row. amazing night. i hope i'm still kicking that hard in my 60s.

Projekt R3volution said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! Hope you didnt pee all yourself from the excitement! He was in Bakersfield Friday night. Downtown was crazy and the gay bar here was packed after the show. Wish I would have been able to check his show out though.

Gary said...

Hi, fantastic that you had a grand time with Sir Elton. I attended a concert quite a few years ago when he played at Madison Square Garden and he was indeed amazing.

I am visiting my fabulous folks here in Florida and for some reason am having trouble viewing the slideshow. It may just be their computer. I'll check it out again when I get back home. Cheers!

dit said...

Ahh Man, I love Elton and his is more than amazing in concert too. So happy you enjoyed it.

Gary said...

oh, I tried again and Viola, it worked. Well done.

Todd said...

Looks like a fabulous time.

M- Filer said...

Fun little narrative Will, but I would seriously rethink the score...ouch!

I don't love going to concerts generally--the herd mentality and all--but Elton John is an A lister that would inspire me to break with tradition and go. You and your buddy looked like you had a great time.

d. chedwick bryant said...

I love elton.. sir elton, sir reggie... he is amazing. always was tho from day 1 !

mouse (aka kimy) said...

yeah!! sounds like it was fantastique! thanks for the slide show - was great to see a few shots with you -- you are a cutie patootie!

there was some story recently about sir elton - don't remember what it was on, maybe that cbs sunday show - and I must say he is THE MOST GENEROUS guy - so I say, bring in that money sir elton! as I know you'll give A LOT of it away!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Glad you have fun. Thanks for sharing the photos of Elton, you and your friend.

LBIC said...

Glad you had a great time! I totally wish I could go and see him live. I haven't had the opportunity yet.