The theatrical, accomplished percussionist Ray Cooper, who supported Elton in Russia 1979, Europe 1994 and also entertained the Sultan of Brunei, has returned!
We have a sensational report on Ray from ejw.com reporter Teresa John, who earns a gem for this glittering sighting!
By Teresa John
The concert took off like a bomb from the moment Ricky Martin came on stage to Paul McCartney's brilliant finale, which went on way after the TV programme had finished.
All the acts performed to a very appreciative audience. We were standing from start to finish. I was very excited when Elton sang his song, but just as the crowd around me we were dissapointed that he wasn't acctually there. I am sure that if he was he would have brought the house down knowing the power of his stage presence.
BUT, I have to say that the unexpected highlight of the whole evening for me was to see Ray Cooper on stage once more. I could not believe it when I saw him performing again. He has not lost any of his brilliance and I was mesmerised by his percussion skills. This really made the concert extra special for me.
In the souvenir programme that we were given there is a short paragraph of information on Ray Cooper which mentions his work with Elton along with his film work and his school based in South Africa for educating children through music.
Photos courtesy of Citizen Teresa John, who earns one Gem for these projector-generated photos