Elton played to a full house on Friday night.
He was in New Orleans, where he told the crowd at the Smoothie King Center:
“It’s been 13 years since I played in this city.”
“We’re very, very happy to be back here in the Big Easy.”
Known in his earlier years for flamboyant costumes and eyewear, Elton ''dressed with comparative restraint Friday,'' to quote the Advocate, which went on to observe, ''Nonetheless, glitter accented his blue coat with a long tail, and his small-framed glasses were tinted blue.''
Elton made frequent, smiling eye contact with the crowd nearest to him. He also stood and acknowledged the audience following songs, feeling the love and pointing, seemingly, to specific people in the audience.
Early on, the pop singer plugged the 40th anniversary “super deluxe” edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It will be released Tuesday, March 25, which also happens to be his 67th birthday. Many laughed when he announced he’d be 45.
Although Elton included some material from his latest album, The Diving Board, there were more Goodbye Yellow Brick Road songs--nine in total. This included the lesser known Roy Rogers.
Elton made special mention of New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint. Saying he’d gotten endless pleasure from Toussaint’s music, he dedicated I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues to him.
As is his custom, the musician saved Your Song for his encore.