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Classic Concert Review: Elton John -- Las Vegas, Nevada -- April 20th, 2013
Elton John: the Million Dollar Piano
Date: Saturday April 20th, 2013
Venue: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
My wife and I went to Las Vegas this past weekend. We needed to get away and Bon Jovi was playing there on the Saturday night. I refuse to see Bon Jovi again so instead I went to see Elton Johns first performance in a month long stint at Caesars Palace. Iíve never been a huge fan but I like him enough to go. I really thought Iíd only know a few songs so I was surprised how many I knew, even though I had to research half the titles. He played at sounded great. The guyís done thousands of shows in his life and theyíre not going to invite someone to play at Caesars Palace if they arenít top-notch. Age has brought his pitch down over the years, so I wasnít as happy with songs like Tiny Dancer, Your Song and Crocodile Rock as I wouldíve liked. The only real problem was that since I had the cheapest tickets available there was a part of the stage setup that blocked a large part of the video screen until it lifted away for the last five songs. And the crowd was a ďVegas crowdĒ meaning half the people there were just there for something to do. A lot of sitting. But I canít rag on that since I was part of them. I wouldnít have seen him if I hadnít been there. Christ, the guy played twenty minutes from my house in Oshawa, Ontario last year and I didnít even know about it until after the fact.
I wouldíve liked him to play Donít Go Breaking My Heart but Iím not sure what Kee-Kee Dee is up to these days. I was surprised he didnít play Candle in the Wind. I figured that was his biggest him. But I donít like that song. The highlights were the first two songs and the last half of the set. I was a little bored during the middle.
1. The Bitch is Back
2. Bennie and the Jets
3. Rocket Man (I Think Itís Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
5. Tiny Dancer
6. Your Song
7. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
8. Better Off Dead
9. Indian Sunset
10. Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)
11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
12. Guess Thatís Why They Call It the Blues
13. Donít Let the Sun Go Down on Me
14. Philadelphia Freedom
15. Iím Still Standing
16. Crocodile Rock
17. Saturday Nightís Alright For Fighting
18. Circle of Life
My wife said the same about the crowd at the Bon Jovi show and the set was the same as most of the rest of the tour.
Other than this show were saw Carrot Top, Fantasy and a hypnotist called Marc Savard. Fantasy was fun for about five minutes but you see their boobs within the first five minutes then after that itís a little boring. The comedian they had was the best part of that show. The hypnotist was cool but I really wish I went up on stage. But Carrot Top was fucking hilarious. I remember watching that guy on Jay Leno twenty years ago and laughing my ass off. Whoíd have thought that heíd still get me laughing? Go see him over all these shows if you get the chance.
I can't say much about this one. I've been to Vegas three times since and I've had way more fun each time. This was just a "filler, something to do" show.