Thursday, September 20, 2012

Elton Suffers Bronchitis & 20 Min Piano Fault in Peterborough

Elton John apologized Wednesday night at the Memorial Centre -- sorry isn't the hardest word after all -- but his talent spoke loudest as his 2 1/2 hour performance easily melted away any lingering disappointment in the wake of his abruptly canceled Sept. 8 concert.


The Rocket Man told more than 5,000 faithful he was "glad to be here" and then proceeded to deliver a 25-song set list that featured many of his signature hits. Not even a nasty piano malfunction, which halted the concert for some 20 minutes, deterred John from the task at hand as he battled through bronchitis to give a first-rate performance.

John could have easily mailed this one in. Instead, he delivered.

Dressed all in black with a generous sprinkling of sparkles, the 65 year old displayed the showmanship and uber talent that continues to make him a huge draw worldwide.

Opening with The One, he ran through a number of his early hits - -a jazzed up version of Levon saw his piano-playing chops on full display. John's illness saw him struggle between songs but he never faltered when it mattered.

When his piano called it a night during the opening bars of Someone Saved My Life Tonight, an upset John apologized and left the stage while technicians scrambled to make things right. When it seemed that the concert could be over early, John returned and, after some more tinkering, carried on, drawing a roar matched only by that which greeted his first appearance on stage.

This was vintage Elton John -- vocally and musically. And he played the gracious host, signing a number of autographs before finishing with Circle of Life.

"You've been magnificent...I wish you love, health and happiness," he said before exiting.

Bronchitis?
A piano that didn't want to play nice?
Let's not be confused here over who was magnificent.

- My Kawartha

SETLIST

The One
Sixty Years On
I Need You To Turn To
The Greatest Discovery
Border Song
Your Song
The Boy In The Red Shoes
Levon
Tiny Dancer
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
I'm Still Standing
Believe
Daniel
Rocket Man
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

Technical Issue - 20 Minute Intermission

Someone Saved My Life Tonight
You're Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
Philadelphia Freedom
Nikita
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Candle In The Wind
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Bennie and the Jets
Crocodile Rock

Circle of Life (encore)

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