This past Saturday Sir Elton John did something that few, if any, others have done in the music world when he played in his 3000th public performance and guess who was at Caesars Palace to see it? Seeing Elton John perform has been a long time bucket list thing for me and it was absolutely nothing short of amazing as he played his million dollar piano for about 1:45.
For the past 26 years when I have been asked what was the best concert I have seen, the answer was always George Thorogood in 1985. Well as of Saturday, George has been relegated to a very distant 2nd and can't even fanthom the idea of possibly seeing a better show than that which Sir Elton put on.
If anyone is going to Vegas in the next 3 years I would strongly recommend you check Caesars Palace website and see if he is playing while you are there and if possible get tickets. He just began a 3 year residency at Caesars.
The setlist included:
The bitch is back
I guess that's why they call it the blues
Goodbye yellow brick road
Mona lisas and mad hatters
Circle of life
Saturday nights alright for fighting
Benny and the jets
Don't let the sun go down on me
And at least 1 or 2 others that just aren't coming to mind right now.
This message has been edited by prrthd on Oct 10, 2011 11:25 PM
I saw him during his Peachtree Road tour a few years back. Me and Mrs. were both way more impressed than we thought we'd be. He opened the 2nd half of his show with Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, that one song was worth the ticket price. If he comes back around I'd definitely go again.
I wonder if he's been playing those same songs at all of those shows year after year for the past 30+ years. They're all great songs, but looking at it from his perspective he must get really sick of some of them, right?
Here are the pictures I took. Some are better than others but I think that all really demonstrate just what a huge production it really was. I got a picture of every song, except Blue Eyes.
The stage before he came out -
Our seats were directly behind the sound board -
The Bitch Is Back -
Benny And The Jets -
Rocket Man -
Your Song -
I'm Still Standing -
Better Off Dead -
Indian Sunset -
Hey Ahab -
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters -
Tiny Dancer -
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road -
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues -
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me -
Philadelphia Freedom -
Philadelphia Freedom -
Crocodile Rock -
Crocodile Rock -
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting -
Circle Of Life -
The Band Saying Goodnight -
My favorites were Philly Freedom and Indian Sunset. For Indian Sunset it was just EJ and Ray Cooper doing the most amazing percussion work I think I have ever heard. Also on stage were two kids on Cellos from Croatia that EJ found on You Tube performing a Cello version of Welcome To The Jungle. Can you imagine posting a video on You Tube and getting a call from Elton John saying "Hey, I want you to go on tour with me!"
Like someone else posted above, I really wasn't sure what to expect of Elton John and his voice. I have seen some recent footage on You Tube and I expected much less than what I got. He sounded absolutely amazing. I don't know if he was just just well rested, or if the sound at Caesars Palace was just that good but not only was it visually amazing, it was also the highest quality sounding concert I have ever seen/heard in my entire life.
This message has been edited by prrthd on Oct 11, 2011 11:09 AM This message has been edited by prrthd on Oct 11, 2011 11:07 AM
He was here in September - did two shows. We couldn't get tickets, although we tried (there were only 5000 seats each night and tickets sold out within an hour) but friends who went said it was spectacular. Just him and his piano, no backing band, no special effects. Tickets were between $80 and $120.
Seinfeld is coming in December... not sure if he'll garner the same frenzy as Sir Elton did, but we might try to get tickets.
ETA: PS Chas I just sent your list to a friend who was there, and that's pretty much the same setlist as he played here, with a couple of substitutions.
This message has been edited by jeez_louise on Oct 11, 2011 2:30 PM
I can't listen to Levon without shedding tears, ever
Elton's tunes besides being great take me back to so many fun times. My sister's album collection when I was 8, hearing Tower of Babel at
bf's house during the 70's, high school slow dances and Don't let the Sun go down on me, AM top 40 before school and Crocodile Rock, wondering why All the Young Girls love Alice then figuring it out and going ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Even had Your Song as our wedding song.
Elton at one time owned the Watford football club which is where my relatives live in England,and although I've been to the stadium and the clubhouse, I never saw him although my cousins have and he played the stadium countless times. One cousin who worked for British Telecom (phone co) got to go into one of his homes in Watford to fix his wiring ---heh--
I had the honor of seeing Sir Elton with Billy Joel at the MGM Grand about 5 years ago. Best concert ever. 3+ hours, each played solo and then played together. From the moment those 2 grand pianos rose onto the stage it was magic, and very emotional. Your post brought it all back. Thanks ! Great set list !