TANUNDA: On a dusty summer evening the Rocket Man landed in the Barossa Valley.Elton John
Barossa Under The Stars
The normally flambuoyant Elotn John materialised on stage without fanfare to deliver a vintage performance Peter Lehmann would have savoured.
In embroidered tails with minimal bling and the essential sunglasses, Elton seemed at peace with his world and his audience.
This was Elton the pianist, the composer, the superstar without enhancement.
Playing a solitary grand piano, Elton was out to remind us he didn't need the embellishments of a band, the bitch was back and stone cold sober as a matter of fact.
He opened with Your Song and the love flowed both ways for the rest of the amazing evening.
Out came the hits in longer and more loving versions than on the many albums.
With songs like Daniel and Tiny Dancer, Elton showed why the sun won't be going down on his career for a long time.
His love of music was unabashed, his playing was superb and his voice has matured like very fine wine.
As the sun set and the lights came up he kicked in with Honky Cat and showed he loved his music just as much as the thousands of fans, privileged to be there.
Then came Rocket Man and went right through the stratosphere without a stratocaster in sight, it was just Elton and his piano.
The fun, the style and the social conscience were all there as his impassioned version of Ticking reminded us that his music has other messages.
As he wore his heart on his sleeve with John Howard's anthem, Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word and a government changed hands, Elton lifted the show another notch.
Philadelphia Freedom and Nikita were as fresh as ever and it seemed he could go on all night.
Eventually he was Still Standing for the big finale and the Circle Of Life with vision from The Lion King completed a marvellous evening in a terrific venue.
The biggest highlight was Elton singing Electicity from the musical Billy Elliott which opens in Sydney very soon – a spine-tingling preview from a musical theatre composer with a rock and roll heart.
No wonder he's still standing – come back soon!
The setlist for this show was identical to that performed at both Tokyo dates.
David Beckham and his team will be guests at Foxtel studios on Monday night, where Elton John is expected to be a special guest.