Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Elton John Proves Why He's Still Standing

Rocket Man Elton John is back in the house
Just got back from the Elton John concert at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

It should be noted here that he comes just as Dolce and Gabbana's Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were just in town a few days ago. Wonder if the two sides ever sorted out their differences on the definition of "family"...

Great digital graphics as the backdrop to the concert
In any event the concert was pretty much a full house with a wide-ranging age group, but probably more concert goers in their 40s and 50s.

We saw him last time almost three years ago where he had an opening act, but this time he launched straight into his concert that lasted about two hours and 15 minutes. John also wore almost the same outfit -- this time a blue sparkly suit with "Fantastic" on the back.

He performed pretty much non stop over 20 songs that were mostly from the 70s, where as three years ago it was more from the 80s.

While there was Candle in the Wind and That's Why They Call it the Blues, John also sang the perennial Rocket Man, Yellow Brick Road, Believe and Sad Songs Say So Much.

Many chances to watch John on the keys
John didn't do much talking, just finishing each song to loud applause and going up to get a sip of water and returning to his grand piano.

It's pretty neat that two musicians have stayed with him pretty much throughout John's career -- Davey Johnstone on guitar and vocals and Nigel Olsson on drums and vocals. He wore a headset the whole time and gloves while banging away on the drums all evening.

Another keyboardist, guitarist and percussionist rounded up the band. All of them wore suits or at least a shirt and waistcoat to make the group look sharp and classy.

John's still going strong at 68 on the keys -- his fingers flawlessly play the piano with lots of energy and singing his heart out.

When John said this is my last song, we got up as he performed, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, but it turns out it wasn't the last one -- he also sang The Bitch is Back, I'm Still Standing and Saturday Night's Alright.

We decided to beat the crowds and left the venue as he started playing Crocodile Rock.

John was an energetic performer tonight
After this show he goes to South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and a few places in Australia before breaking for Christmas, and then on January 19 performs in The Colosseum in Las Vegas for several dates before going to Paris in early February and then back to the United States.

One can't complain he's not working hard -- does he still need the money? In any event he looks like he's enjoying himself on stage and hopefully will be back again soon.

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