|Tour name||Farewell Yellow Brick Road|
Elton John, 72 jaar, is on his farewell tour. And that tour lasts quite some time, it started at September 8th, 2018, and will end on December 16th, 2020, making the total of 193 shows.
The tour references his (best?) album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and that album gets the most plays. That album and The Who’s Tommy and Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway are the soundtrack to my early years.
Luckily, Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding is played. When the top heavy sytheszier motif kicks in, goosebumps pop up. That song, that record, to me that’s quintessential Elton John. My father had a lot of Elton John records, and that was the one I hold dearest, probably also because of the (fold-out) cover.
The emphasis of the show was put on the 1970’s. No less than 20 (!) of the 34 song setlist stem from that era, which arguably was the artistic highlight in his career. The band sounds fantastic. It’s nice to see that many of his musicians are with him for years, decades even. Drummer Nigel Olsson has been playing with Elton John since 1969, he was present this evening.
Age didn’t play any part in the performamces. It rocked and swinged whenever it was needed. The setlist was great, the stage looked nice. Some of the visuals actually distracted from the music. The sketches, plays and dances in particular, didn’t add a thing.
In conclusion: great concert, In fine form as he was this evening, Elton John could go on for years on end.
Bennie and the Jets / All the Girls Love Alice / I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues / Border Song / Tiny Dancer / Philadelphia Freedom / Indian Sunset / Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) / Take Me to the Pilot / Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word / Someone Saved My Life Tonight / Levon / Candle in the Wind / Funeral for a Friend-Love Lies Bleeding / Burn Down the Mission / Daniel / Believe / Sad Songs (Say So Much) / Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me / The Bitch Is Back / I’m Still Standing / Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
Your Song / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road