Elton performed last night at Air Canada Centre for 18,000 admirers, and a Toronto Sun review noted that he ”sure knows how to make an entrance.”
The 66-year-old opened the show with Funeral for A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, also the opening tracks on his seminal 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
This reminded the reviewer that the double disc, ”which sold 31 million albums and counting,” is about to be re-released on March 25 (the pop veteran’s birthday), remastered, and revamped by young artists like Ed Sheeran and Fall Out Boy.
“It’s great to be back here, it’s been a while,” said Elton, decked out in a gold sequined black blazer, matching pants and shiny red shoes as well as red framed dark glasses.
In fact, the last time the musician was at the ACC was 8 years ago.
Playing on a large stage dominated by a gold ringlike path – perhaps suggesting ayellow brick road – a back video screen, and a large chandelier overhead, Elton was joined by bandmates Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson, Matt Bissonette, John Mahon, and Kim Bullard.
Besides a few other Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tracks, highlights included a piano-pounding Levon, I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues ”with its singalong chorus, and the three barnburners The Bitch Is Back, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) and Crocodile Rock.”
Elton released a new album in 2013, The Diving Board, but did only a couple of numbers from that.
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Bennie and the Jets
Candle in the Wind
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
All the Girls Love Alice
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I’m Still Standing
The Bitch Is Back
Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n Roll)
Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)