Sunday, June 1, 2008

Elton John

You know when you listen to one song that brings you back to that special time? Well I would say that Elton John has done it for me over the years to set those flash backs with many of his songs. I was lucky enough to get 4 tickets to his concert on Friday night. Curt invited a very nice couple to come with us. (Todd and Susan A.). The three concerts (two in Anchorage, one in Fairbanks) were sold out in an hour for each. Alaska was ready for him and gave him a welcome that he claims never to forget. The Sullivan Arena (Our hockey stadium) was the site for the event. It was a strange concert with some people behaving like they were at the hockey game or in front of their TV, having regular conversation as they were eating their pretzel and Velveeta cheese and drinking their beers. You would think that they were not listening at all and then all of a sudden they would start singing along knowing all the words. Too funny. The acoustic was bad I would say but the thrill to see Sir Elton in person and listening to his legendary songs were enough to forget about the negative aspects. He was so giving to us Alaskan. Three hours of piano playing and singing by himself. Just him and his piano, some lights to add to the drama and voila. What an evening. Elton John was so grateful about the crowd , who roared every time that he stood up that he decided to sign autographs for a good 15mn. I even saw a red Dansko being handed to him. I was also impressed by the way he has aged into his stardom. He is a lot less flashy, a bit more fleshy, doesn't want to appear to still be a 20 years old "Rockstar" like others of his generation tend to do. His first song "It's a little bit funny this feeling inside" is my favorite of his and brings me back way back when my sister and I were still sharing a bedroom at home and we had his small vinyl that we would listen over and over. His last was "I'm still standing after all these years...." and standing he is and very tall in my mind. Thank you Sir!

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