Sunday, April 19, 2009
Review: Elton Solo Benefit for Matthew Shepard
Fan report by Ty B Brokaw.
By far the most emotional Elton John concert I've ever been to. The benefit concert for The Matthew Shepard Foundation was a huge success. Thanks to Elton and the many fans who attended, $550,000 was raised for the foundation.
After the first song, Elton spoke for ten minutes about the foundation and the need for acceptance of gays in America. Elton dedicated and sang a very emotional and moving version of "American Triangle" for Matthew. After the song, Elton said he has a very difficult time singing this song and you could see it and hear it in his voice.
The unpredictable weather and high elevation in Laramie played havoc for Elton after the show. Before the show started it was snowing and by the end of the show it was a blizzard. We had flown in for the show and were trying to leave the same time as Elton which turned out to be a definite no go. Nobody was flying out of Laramie on this night.
Elton had to return to the venue and take the tour bus to Colorado Springs. I'm sure he wasn't thrilled. The things he does for his fans. Being a pilot and seeing that weather, Elton made a good choice.
We were stranded in Laramie for the next two days. No qualms here, I could've been stranded a week and been fine after that brilliant show.
Following is the complete set list of the Laramie solo show (Benefit for Matthew Shepard) on April 3, 2009.
Sixty Years On
The Greatest Discovery
I Need You To Turn To
Ballad Of The Boy With The Red Shoes
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Take Me To The Pilot
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Candle In The Wind
I Guess That's Why The Call It The Blues
Bennie And The Jets
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Can You Feel the Love Tonight