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A Report on Elton’s Sheffield Show
Posted by editor_usa

Tuesday 29
May 2007 @ 15:35
– GMT

Elton’s May 24 Hallam FM Arena gig  appeared to be a night for dedications, according to The Star.

 

First Elton dedicated Tiny Dancer to Sheffield’s own West End Billy Elliot, the Chapeltown teen actor James Lomas whom he’s taken under his wing. He said he was sorry he hadn’t had chance to chat to James and his family backstage before the show, but that this was for them.

Then he performed Your Song in tribute to the Arctic Monkeys, who only hours earlier had picked up an Ivor Novello award for their first album. Elton said he’d travelled to South Yorkshire straight from the London awards ceremony, and that bands like the talented north Sheffield fourpiece were part of the UK’s songwriting future.

Then the 60-year-old told the cheering, dancing, sing-along sell-out Arena crowd he could not remember ever playing to a better British audience, and that he was “genuinely touched” by the warmth of his reception for the first night of his summer tour.

The performance lasted over two hours.

 

Elton, ever the showman in a decorated tailcoat, electric blue shirt, two-tone shoes and blue shades, rocked his piano and his band through hits from an incredible 40-year back catalogue including I’m Still Standing, I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, and Are You Ready for Love.

Two high-octane hours later it was time for Elton’s most lasting dedication of the night – a good five minutes spent signing programmes, ticket stubs, T-shirts and even underwear for every single fan who rushed to the stage and asked for an autograph.