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Elton John Live Performance

by Sarah Morris | contributing writer
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 01:00 pm

On Saturday, Sept. 15, musician Sir Elton John visited the Buffalo Keybank Center to perform his last concert as part if his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” three-year-goodbye tour. Having only been to rock band concerts, I was pleasantly surprised at the causality of it all. To be able to sit down, close my eyes and sway to the slow music was unlike any large-crowd experience I’ve ever had. Of course, that’s not to say people didn’t boogie during the fast-paced songs. 

For example, “Crocodile Rock,” one of John’s most popular songs, was definitely the grooviest of the jives, as the audience took it away every time the post-chorus “na na na na na na …” came on. The audience stood out for more, other than our participation. The light show going on during the concert constantly swept over the crowd, turning listeners into the theme of whatever song John was playing. 

During “Rocket Man,” random lights flickered across the audience, making us look like thousands of little stars twinkling across the abyss of outer space. Even better than that, the green screen behind John, whose singing head appeared to be floating through space. 

Throughout the almost three-hour concert, John blessed us with almost all older songs, which is what he knew people came to hear on the last leg of his career. His “Candle in the Wind” song was the original 1973 Marilyn Monroe tribute, rather than the arguably better-known anthem to Princess Diana after her death in 1997. Even compilations of Monroe movies and clips played on the screen in the back as the audience waved their flashlights back and forth. 

Speaking of tributes, John also played a beautiful rendition of his and the late Aretha Franklin’s “Border Song,” in her memory. He gave a touching speech about her beforehand and the role she played in his career. Many of his songs were dedicated to different people and organizations as well, including his own Elton John Aids Foundation, which he established in the early 1990s. 

To top it all off, John definitely proved himself a piano player. Every song, he took it upon himself to add an extra few minutes to tickle the ivories, sometimes even one-handed, while waving to the crowd. 

Overall, it was an incredible experience and I was so lucky to have seen my favorite musician before he retired. His voice, piano skills, constant bucket-spitting and sparkling outfits are something I will never forget.