On October 20th 2008, Sir Elton John presented 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John & Friends - The 35th Anniversary'. This charity event was designed to encompass the work of Elton John and Bernie Taupin's seminal work in a Broadway revue using talent such as Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, actress Jane Krakowski, and the cast of Disney's The Lion King and Hair, whilst raising funds for benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, the Elton John Aids Foundation and Friends In Deed.
However, the reviews from some of Elton's long-time fans paint a very sad picture for the event. Some excerpts are below:
'The NY AIDs Benefit was an outrage. Elton, you get loyal fans and generous donors to give a lot of money to listen to the 35th Anniv. of Yellow Brick Road only to have a bunch of fifth tier performers butcher your songs, forget the lyrics and engage in cheap and crude partisan political propaganda.'
'This was a mediocre broadway review (admittedly with several highlights) Elton came out an sang 2 of the last 3 songs. Played piano on all three. Didn't pay $1000 for a broadway review. '
'The program clearly said the Elton was only to perform on the last 3 songs. shame on him for trading on his brand and name like that to take advantage of his loyal fan base who still have money in their pockets and a passion to see him perform and support his charities.'
'I was hoping that with all the booing mixed with shouts such as " we came to hear elton" that Sir Elton John who was sitting in a hanging booth would have the sense to calm these tense feelings from people who paid $500/ticket for the "cheap" seats by leaving the booth and taking to the piano on stage. He did not, and in my opinion this will cost him in the future.'
'I respected the broadway singers enough not to scream out, " I want my money back!" like others did . But they were absolutely right. I know the money was for charity but I feel that i was tricked! I mostly feel bad for my father, after he paid $500 for these tickets, and I had to reply with a "no" when he asked if I had a good time.'
The above reviews are individual comments, however the video above illustrates a glimpse at a powerful concept that must have got lost in the wind. Don't let these comments put you off seeing a real Elton John concert - there is no comparison.