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Friday, 16 September, 2011 0:24 AM

REVIEW: Elton John puts on an amazing show at the WFCU Centre

PHOTO BY MAGGIE YOUNG

Elton John performs at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ont.

 

by Maggie Young
magy_74@hotmail.com

 

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WINDSOR, Ont. -- During the middle of dinner on Saturday evening, my boyfriend interrupts my family to tell me he just got two tickets to see Elton John at the WFCU Centre.

I had been hounding him for the better part of the summer over the fact that Elton was coming to Windsor, Ontario for the first time (and likely the only time) ever. The day before the concert I must have impressed him with all my Elton knowledge when I listed off a string of hits that only a true fan would know. I think he felt the guilt and bombarded my supper at 6:30 with tickets for an eight o’clock show.

Elton John’s Saturday September 10th performance was a big event for the Windsor area. The usual hockey arena was packed to the rafters with fans. The WFCU is home to the nationally known Windsor Spitfires, but other than the Spits, the biggest acts to perform there until now were Canadian comedian Russell Peters and Cirque du Soleil. Never had there been such an internationally acclaimed artist as Elton John perform there.

With the cheapest tickets available, we took to our standing room only section. One of the ushers quickly warned us about not venturing too close to the seated people (as they had of course paid top dollar for those seats). Regardless, we had a phenomenal view of the stage.

The stage was open to view every seat in the house. It actually backed onto our side of the arena. The piano keys angled towards us and I knew we were going to be able to see his hands perform magic.

At roughly 8:15, the crowd let out a scream as Elton graced the stage. Dressed in bedazzled tails, a depiction of him on a rocket flying over the moon and amongst the stars covered his back. He undoubtedly sported his signature glasses and got right down to business.

I was at first surprised to see only the piano and prepared myself for a string of his classics played as much more mellow versions. I was completely wrong.

For two and half hours, Elton rocked it out solo. With little assistance from his crew to add some extra bass on a few hits, it was astonishing to see that at 64 years old, Elton still had it.

About five songs in, right after Your Song, the usher came back and informed us that there were four empty seats in the third row and that we were welcome to sit in them. Barely having finished his sentence, we were bolting down the stairs to row three.

From there we heard Levon, a unique version of Bennie and the Jets, I’m Still Standing, Candle in the Wind, Daniel, Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, and of course like his embroider tails portrayed, Rocket Man.

After a brief break, he returned to the stage to sign some autographs. With seats that close, we saw him tease his bodyguard for completely fumbling the pen Elton had tossed him. He ended the night with a combination of Circle of Life and Can You Feel the Love Tonight. The entire audience was on their feet and feeling the love.

After almost every song, Elton stood and thanked the audience. Not a prolonged or over the top thanks, but an extremely humble thanks. As though he was enjoying and appreciating every moment of us being there for him. As though he was completely over the moon to have the chance to play.

For more information or to purchase Elton John tickets, visit his website at www.eltonjohn.com.

 

PHOTO BY MAGGIE YOUNG

A sold out crowd watched the legendary Elton John.

 

PHOTO BY MAGGIE YOUNG

Elton John played a rare, solo show on Sept. 10, 2011.

 

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER DELCIANCIO

Maggie Young is all smiles as Elton John performs.

 

PHOTO BY MAGGIE YOUNG

He played his concert in Windsor after canceling Sept. 13 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

 

PHOTO BY MAGGIE YOUNG

Elton John waves to the crowd at the end of the show.

 

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