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NEC Arena Gets a Dose of Elton
Posted by editor_usa

Tuesday 29
June 2004 @ 23:30
– GMT

Elton’s the proper prescription for a great night out, according to Walsall doctor Pal Winder. He was quoted in the June 29, 2004 Birmingham News after seeing the star’s June 28 show at the NEC.

Apart from a charity gala at the Royal Opera House a year and a half ago, it was the first time Elton and the band had performed with the Royal Academy of Music‘s orchestra and choir.

The singer noted that he was a former pupil of the institution, where the rehearsals brought back many happy memories. He was also encouraged to see ”how they’ve expanded musically. It was Chopin or nothing in my day.”

Come confusion resulted in the band staying on stage and Elton returning to the stage to repeat the classic Saturday Night’s Alright.

The set included Burn Down The Mission, Tell Me When The Whistle Blows, Philadelphia Freedom, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and Your Song.

The complete songlist from Birmingham NEC, UK, June 28, 2004:

  1. Sixty Years On
  2. The Greatest Discovery

I Need You To Turn To
Border Song
The King Must Die
Burn Down The Mission
Believe
Come Down In Time
Tell Me When The Whistle Blows
Tiny Dancer
Madman Across The Water
Holiday Inn
Levon
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore
Philadelphia Freedom
Have Mercy On The Criminal
Carla/Etude
Tonight
Take Me To The Pilot
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Your Song
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (again!)