The Bitch has returned
“It’s so nerve wracking to be released and play for everyone,” Elton John conceded to his U.S. hometown Saturday night at Philips Arena because the offered-out crowd was and cheered. Following a four-and-a-half-year break from playing for his local buddies and fans, it had been obvious in the first chord, the Peachtree Road resident was wanting to reconnect with Atlanta.
To begin with, Elton and also the band, including his veteran guitarist Davey Johnstone, veteran drummer Nigel Olsson, Atlanta keyboardist Kim Bullard and percussionist John Mahon blew car first side from the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road LP after which added around the title track and Gray Seal permanently measure. Wanna feel old? Mister Elton noted the classic album was launched 4 decades ago recently. Later at night, John and company came back towards the source material to do All of the Women Love Alice, Saturday Night’s Okay for Fighting and, towards the delight of old fans within the audience, Elton dusted off Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Will Rock n Roll), an in-depth cut in the two LP set’s final side.
The singer also thrown in Holiday Inn from 1972’s Madman Over the Water album (Mister Elton used a blue sequined jacket imprinted using the album’s cover across its back). He told everyone else he and lyricist Bernie Taupin were motivated to write the song after two lengthy many years of touring the U.S. in early 1970s. “We remained within the same room coupled with exactly the same bath rooms and also the same bars every evening,Inches he remembered.
In excess of 40 years, the pianist and singer has artistically handled to merge his childhood classical training in the Royal Academy of Music together with his passion for Southern soul music. In the present configuration of his band, Mister Elton fuses the weather superbly with the addition of the Croatian cello duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser (who call themselves 2Cellos, and who, I’m fairly certain, were heavy metal and rock rock stars inside a previous existence) along with a dynamic backing performer quartet who’re almost a concert within themselves: Tata Vega, among the stars from the audio doc Twenty Ft From Stardom, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame member and Sly and also the Family Stone co-founder Rose Stone, her daughter Lisa Stone and former Martha and also the Vandellas member Jean Witherspoon.
This line-up sparked fresh existence into John’s 1975 hit single Philadelphia Freedom, initially recorded having a string arrangement and Philadelphia Worldwide soul aspirations. In 2013, the singer together with his deepened instrument, fully realizes the song’s potential. Elton and also the music artists also reinvented Guess For This Reason They Refer To It As the Blues (initially a 1983 throwaway bit of ear chocolate from Mister Elton’s coke-clogged MTV heyday) like a soul stirrer, including a gospel call and response finish between John and also the backing vocalists that sonically moved audience people lower the road in to the former gospel tabernacle building.
Cellists Sulic and Hauser, meanwhile, remarkably shredded with Johnstone (their manes of hair flying as well as their tattered bows flailing), as Elton drawn out Hey Ahab from his 2010 significantly acclaimed album The Union with musical mentor Leon Russell.
My only complaint using the nearly three-hour show? John carried out only a set of tunes from his and Taupin’s excellent new recording, The Diving Board – Oceans Away, a poignant salute to World War Two veterans and also the single, Home Again. “This song means a great deal to me,” John described. “I’ve been here 23 years. I really like the South and that i love everyone.”
Acknowledging his Atlanta buddies within the crowd, he devoted his classic hit Don’t Allow the Sun Go Lower on Me to rising Atlanta-based power pop trio Kick the Robot people Jesse Scarpone, Daniel Remel and Dylan Hansen. “They’re amazing and I’m wishing to get involved with their career,” recognized John. Last summer time, Hansen talked about the band’s interactions with Mister Elton in Daily Agenda).
Shortly before 11 o’clock, John banded around the piano bench as well as climbing on top of the piano because the crowd sang the chorus to Crocodile Rock to him, before heading home again down again Peachtree.
Instagram image above by Richard L. Eldredge