Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The bitch is back - and back with a bang to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the best entertainment Arenas in Australia, The Sydney Entertainment Centre.
After a mammoth set, including all the hits, Sir Elton John was presented with a plaque when he played his record breaking 41st show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday night (May 12). Elton was presented with a plaque during his encore, by his long time supporting Aussie Promoter, Michael Chugg and Venue CEO, Kevin Jacobsen. Elton also stopped his show for a length of time to sign authographs for several rows of fans who more than likely pissed off those who paid the huge bucks to sit up front by bum rushing the stage.
Atendees of the pre show party were treated to a pink swath of Elton-fab-u-lous-ness, with over 120 special guests partying before the big performance.
The show not only celebrated the anniversary of the venue, but also the 41st time Elton had performed at the venue, making it his third most - behind Madisson Square Garden (#1) and Ceasars Palace (#2).
Following is the complete set list of the Sydney show on May 12, 2008.
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
The Bitch Is Back
Take Me To The Pilot
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Someone Save My Life Tonight
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Electricity (Special Solo version)
Candle In The Wind
STAGE RUSH FOR AUTOGRAPHS
Bennie And The Jets
I'm Still Standing
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Elton was in excellent form making lots of eye contact and expressions to the audience. He is truly an amazing 61 year old.
The set list was a selection of greatest hits, with a sprinkling of Believe, Sacrifice and Electricity. Electricity was a one-off dedication for the Billy Eliot cast.
The band was in a very upbeat mood, and sounded very good. The large contingent of Rocket fans made the concert very exciting and Elton signed and everything that was handed to him.
Elton mentioned he plans to return again soon, so we will be waiting with anticipation.
Elton and the Band play Auckland, Darwin and Hong Kong next.