“How wonderful life is now you’re in the world.”
Legend Elton John, also known as Sir Elton Hercules John, and his band played at the 3Arena last night. A jam packed arena awaited them and almost every seat of the 14,500 space was filled.
Dazzling like a puff of magic across the stage, John was dressed in a flamboyant sparkling suit. He and his grand piano perched on a classy stage to perform the epic ‘Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding’.
‘Bennie and the Jets’ ruled the first part of the show with Elton focusing his energy toward the piano. Standing up occasionally to wave, gone are the days of standing on top of his piano, but nobody would expect a 68 year old man to do that. Finding time, he eventually told us that he was delighted to finish his tour in Ireland.
The first few songs were at a slower pace than anticipated. The pace of ‘All the Girls Love Alice’ and ‘Levon’ did little to stir the crowd, but, ‘Candle in The Wind’ was fabulous. Elton and the band were clearly building up towards a climax.
Retaining some energy, the atmosphere completely changed when Elton told us that he finally met with Lily-mae Morrison a young girl who had an album dedicated to her in Ireland to help her recover from a rare form of cancer. Elton said he was honoured to meet her and then blew the arena away with a momentous version of ‘Tiny Dancer’.
During ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ the background visuals changed from classy to psychedelic, telling us the story of his life through an animation of his roller-coaster life, ending on his romance with David Furnish and their two beautiful children.
‘Rocket Man’ and its visuals can only describe what was going through his and Taupin’s minds when the song was created. The visuals were set in outer space, this was a personal night highlight. Followed by darkness, focusing on Elton and his piano, he performed ‘The One’ monumentally, and the stunning ‘Your Song’ (the one that kicked off his and Bernie Taupin’s careers).
After ‘Your Song’ there was not a bum on a seat in the building, everyone was dancing and letting themselves go to his mega catalogue of hits – ‘Burn Down the Mission’, ‘Sad Songs (Say So Much)’, and ‘Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word’ – everyone screamed along. People spilled out of their seats for ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ which had people either singing, screaming or crying beating their fists into the air.
Followed by ‘The Bitch is Back’, the awesome ‘I’m Still Standing’ and ‘Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n Roll)’ the atmosphere was electric by now. Elton blew socks off with ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’ which temporarily ended the night. Only to return to sign some autographs and get stuck into ‘Crocodile Rock’ and blew the roof of with ‘Circle of Life/Can You Feel the Love Tonight?’.
What an end to Elton’s tour, he told us that he had a brilliant year with his terrific band, and wished everyone involved all the best. Dublin rocked out, and sang all the way home, as one fist beats the air, it’s only a pity it wasn’t a “Saturday, Saturday, Saturday…Saturday n i g h t”.
A dazzling, epic night by the fabulous Elton John.
Review by Aine Byrne
Photo – Google Images 2014
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