It’s not often I go to concerts, but when I do go, I prefer to go to concerts that I thought I would never have gotten a chance to ever see. There are not a lot of concerts in the area I live that just draw me in to spend $50 or more per ticket.
Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Sir Elton John at the KFC YUM Center. It has never crossed my mind that I could see a legend such as him in concert and so near where I live. Though, as soon as I got the email from TicketMaster, I was buying tickets immediately.
The KFC YUM Center is a new complex, less than six months old. For this particular concert, the seating circled the stage, with less seating behind the stage, but still giving a spectacular view of the stage. From where I was sitting, I had the perfect view of the stage and a perfect look at Sir Elton John and his grand piano. The only better seats would have been the first three rows of the floor seats. Elton John’s band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.
The energy of the arena was amazing, especially once he stepped up on stage. The crowd went wild with enthusiasm. Immediately, Elton John sat down at the piano and started in with his piano. It was simply amazing. Each song he played seemed to double in length with no complaints from anyone. Below is a list of songs he played during the three hours, in no particular order:
Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The Bitch Is Back
Candle in the Wind
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Bennie & The Jets
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
If It Wasn’t For Bad
Gone to Shiloh
The last three songs are from his newest album, a collaboration with Leon Russell. “If It Wasn’t For Bad” is perhaps my favorite of the three. Though my all out favorite song of the night was his encore song, “Your Song.”
Between the end of the main performance and the encore, Elton John was gracious enough to come back on stage and sign autographs to those lucky enough to be in the first three rows. He seemed genuinely happy to be there, performing for his adoring fans.
If anyone has an opportunity to catch Elton John in concert, do yourself a favor and go! I took my husband with me. He isn’t really into music that much, but even he enjoyed himself. Elton John puts on an amazing show and proves why he is a legend.