30 March, 2012

He's Still Standing

Elton John was in good form tonight at the Yas Arena. It was 2 and 1/2 hours of the man and his piano, while he was accompanied on a few numbers by his longtime percussionist. The performance was reminiscent of Elton John's famous and historic 1979 tour of Russia. He had the same percussionist with him and amazingly performed many of the same songs.

It was very much a 1970's affair with most of the songs performed from his 1971 and 1972 albums. Not quite "60 Years On," although he did sing this song, but certainly 40 years on.

Elton John sings with as much passion as ever, although there is a recognizable quiver in his voice which was not discernible when he last performed in Abu Dhabi in 2008. On the other hand he seems to be becoming ever more the piano maestro. I doubt that there is anyone in the world who can work the piano and vocals together as skillfully as he does. Elton John IS the piano man.


Neil Roberts said...

...thought it was dull as dishwater....

Anonymous said...

accompanied by his husband ?

Dubai Nikolai said...

The percussionist's name is Ray Cooper. I would doubt that the recent gig was in the same league as the one Moscow. For one thing EJ's voice has sounded rough of late (laryngitis?) and for another, he ain't what he was

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