On Wednesday, Elton performed at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Charlotte Observer noted some interesting points. . . .
John dedicated Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me to Chapel Hill-based Ray Williams, the former Liberty Records employee responsible for bringing Elton and Bernie Taupin together. Williams was seated in one of the floor sections closest to the stage and was seen clutching a copy of a book the headliner had signed for him backstage.
Right before mentioning Ray, the songwriter said: “To Andy and Brooklyn, thank you for coming. I love you guys so much.” He was referring to former tennis star Andy Roddick and his wife Brooklyn Decker, who live part-time in the Charlotte area. (Decker, a former model, is a Matthews native.)
By sheer coincidence, Bernie Taupin was also in the area this week: On Tuesday, the lyricist (who is also an internationally acclaimed artist) was in Shelby for a visit to the Earl Scruggs Center, which just opened a permanent exhibit by Taupin titled “He Will Set Your Fields on Fire.”
He calls the artwork “artistic archaeology,” and in a film accompanying the installation, Bernie said “bluegrass has always been a part of my life,” and noted that “Earl’s spirit helped me create this piece.”
- During the final song before the encore — “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” — the giant video screen projected clips of fight scenes from several iconic movies, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” There are even a clip of Elton playing ''an audacious version of himself'' in 2017's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, according to the newspaper.