Thursday, December 15, 2011

Adelaide Reviews

IT was a day plagued by showers and grey skies but when Sir Elton John took the stage, the Friday blues were a distant thought.

Held at one of the state's greatest up and coming venues, Cooper's Brewery proved once again it can provide the serenity of a day on a green without the hour-plus journey.

A huge crowd of close to 10,000 made their way to the venue early with young Croatian prodigies 2 Cellos providing some lively, yet unlikely covers with their classical instruments.

Then, after a short but enthralling 25 minutes, Sir Elton John appeared, with Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting booming out of the huge system and the crowd took to their feet to welcome a true living legend.

Sitting side on to the sprawling audience, Sir Elton and his band ran through a greatest hits set that would rival many acts of his era.

It seemed not a breath was taken before the piano licks of I'm Still Standing rang out and the night was off to an enthralling, upbeat start.

Holiday Inn and Tiny Dancer soon followed and as the sun slowly went down on the audience Sir Elton and his band continued to deliver hit after hit.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Daniel, Candle in the Wind and the iconic Rocket Man came soon after and the pint-sized piano virtuoso wasn't done yet.

Still a commanding performer, Sir Elton was certainly quieter than his previous solo piano performance but what he lacked in banter was more than made up for by his jaw-dropping back catalogue.

Occasionally standing on his piano seat, Sir Elton had a large audience to deal with but wandering through the seemingly endless crowd, it was clear that most, if not all, were thrilled with the rocket man's performance

Finishing with a rousing performance of Benny & the Jets, The Bitch is Back and Crocodile Rock, it was a fantastic finale from a man we wouldn't expect anything less from.

- Adelaide Now

WITH purple tinted glasses matching his purple shirt, Elton John took to the stage for about two-and-a-half hours last Friday (December 9).

Coopers Brewery was the setting for the concert which featured a good cross section of Elton’s hits, including Candle in the Wind and Rocket Man.

He performed Rocket Man with a build-up some artists would save for their final song.

It was Crocodile Rock which got the most claps and the reserved area was more standing than seated during the rendition.

After almost every song Elton jumped to his feet and thanked audience members for their applause.

With a career spanning six decades, there was always going to be some missing hits but I was disappointed my favourite, Original Sin, didn’t make the cut.

Elton was well supported by his band, with original member Nigel Olsson on drums.

Two newer additions were Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser - who Elton described as lowering the average age of the band by 30 years - playing cool, see-through cellos.

Known as 2 Cellos, they also warmed up the crowd with a stunning version of U2’s With or Without You and the instantly recognisable Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Overall, it was a wonderful concert in a beautiful setting with a satisfied audience.

- Hills and Valley Messenger

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