Tonight in NYC – Elton John Free Concert

Posted by The G on April 20, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Info from Brooklyn Vegan.

Elton John

Elton John

Set to premiere at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, The Union chronicles the making of the 2010 album of the same name, a collaboration between pop icon Elton John and legendary rock ‘n’ roll keyboardist Leon Russell. Crowe is, of course, known for making classic music narratives, including Singles (1992) and Almost Famous (2000), and fans can’t wait to see what he does in the documentary format with Elton and Leon.

We’ve been working hard on a plan for the opening night event, which will be co-sponsored by AOL, supported by Goldman Sachs, and hosted by Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, the location of the outdoor festivities. And special thanks to ESPN.

Here’s the scoop:

• A TFF wristband is required to be seated at the event.

• Wristbands will be distributed to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on April 20 at 4:00 pm.

• The distribution site is the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center–at the West Side Highway entrance, just north of Chambers.

• There will be a limit of two wristbands per person.

• When you get your wristband, you will also get a list of details about how, when, and where to find your seat.

• The screening will begin at 8:15 pm on April 20, 2011

• Details are still being firmed up, but programming at the Plaza may begin at approximately 7:30.

• Note: Venue access and capacity are at the discretion of the NYPD.

Elton John Owes New York 40 More Minutes of Hits

Posted by The G on March 17, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Elton John

Elton John

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.

Leon Russell

Leon Russell

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.

Elton John

Elton John

See the setlist for the 3 hour show after the jump.

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