Photos by G.
Billed as “Elton John – All The Hits,” the legendary Sir Elton played a sold out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2011. The set began on a perfect note at 8:15 pm with “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and for the first hour of the 3 hour show, Elton played hit after hit including “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” “Levon,” “Madman Across the Water,” “Tiny Dancer” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues,” and “Rocket Man.” The air was let out of the shows’ tires when recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell came out to play 8 songs in a row from the most recent Elton John album “The Union” which is a collaboration with Leon Russell. The songs weren’t bad and Elton even explained to the crowd that he has to play new stuff so he doesn’t get bored with just playing hits. Fair enough. But it derailed the momentum of the show and people were leaving in droves to get alcohol and snacks.
During “The Union” section of the show, Gregg Allman was also brought out on stage for “Gone To Shiloh.” To make room for this portion of the “All the Hits” show, “Honky Cat,” “Daniel,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Border Song,” “The One,” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Skyline Pigeon,” “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” had to be cut. Still, a review of an Elton John concert could be summed up in 2 simple words: Elton John! He’s always the showman – playing great and sounding great, so I hardly feel ripped off. When he came back on stage for the lone encore “Your Song,” he signed autographs for about 10 people that were in the front row. He also dedicated “Your Song” to the people of New York who’ve allowed the singer to play over 60 shows at The Garden in his career! Whoa! This was my first time seeing Elton on the East Coast. I think it is interesting that the first time I ever saw him perform on the West Coast, he opened with “Your Song,” and tonight he finished with it.
See the setlist for the 3 hour show after the jump.