Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sydney Review

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
Tiny Dancer
Take Me To The Pilot
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Rocket Man
Honky Cat
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


Pinball Wizard
Bennie And The Jets
Philadelphia Freedom
I'm Still Standing
Crocodile Rock
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)


Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Your Song

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.


ruud9 said...

you had a great time. By The way, Which rows were you in?

Elton Fan said...

I was in row 9. If you are within the first 10 rows you will be able to go up for an autograph.

I'm sure you will have an excellent time.

Please let me know how the concert goes.

ruud9 said...

Great, i will be seating in the 10th row. But how to get the autograph? I mean elton couldn't sign them all. By the way, Did you get one?

ruud9 said...

do you think row 9 is too far from the stage? i am just worrying about the distance to the stage.

Elton Fan said...


I thought I would be too far. You need to make sure that at the end of candle in the wind you go up to the stage as fast as possible. He will sign about 20 - 50 autographs. You need to hold what you want signed up high in front of him as he walks past.

ruud9 said...

Thanks for your reminder. You are a really cool guy.

ruud9 said...

Can you see elton clearly from your seat?