Elton John delights crowd of 10,000
There are few performers who can claim the title of rock legend. Elton John -- one who can rightfully wear the label -- blew the roof off the North Charleston Coliseum Wednesday night.
It had been almost five years since John last performed in the Lowcountry, and the flamboyant artist made up for his absence with a spirited performance that gave fans their money's worth.
The crowd seemed to enjoy the opening acts, but they had come to see a rock god, and they didn't have to wait too long for John's band to take the stage and kick into the opener, "Saturday Night's All Right (For Fighting)."
John was dressed to the nines in a sequined black suit coat and trousers. His voice sounded stronger this time out compared with his 2007 show.
With the crowd of more than 10,000 on its feet, John maintained the momentum with another rocking classic, "Bennie and The Jets." After a lovely version of "Grey Seal," the singer-songwriter, who turns 65 this month, stood and graciously greeted the audience, then sat back at his grand piano and unleashed one incredible hit after another.
Since John wasn't touring in support of a new album, he had time to frolic through his back catalog. In short succession the crowd was treated to "Levon," "Madman Across the Water" and an obvious audience favorite, "Tiny Dancer."
More hits followed, including "Philadelphia Freedom," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle in the Wind."
A beautiful "Rocket Man" gave way to more recent material.
John performed a trio of tunes, "Hey Ahab," "Gone to Shiloh" and "Monkey Suit," from the 2010 album he recorded with Leon Russell.
After introducing the band, John dug back in, performing the emotionally charged opus "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," before delighting fans with another string of classics, including "Honky Cat," "Sad Songs (Say So Much)," "Daniel" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
After a few more well-chosen hits, including "I'm Still Standing" and "Crocodile Rock," John sent the audience home with an encore that featured one of his first hits, "Your Song."
If there was anyone who had any second thoughts about Elton John's place among the rock and roll hierarchy, those doubts were put to rest about 10 minutes into the show.
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