Sir Elton came onstage about 8:20, walking out during the end of a song being played masterfully by the Two Cellos, and the Coliseum erupted.
He walked to each section of the stage and greeted that part of the audience, making eye contact and sometimes pointing to individuals.
Taking his place behind his shiny black piano center stage, he took us right into Philadelphia Freedom with amazing energy and charisma, bringing the entire Coliseum to its feet. He watched and enjoyed the tremendous reaction of the crowd while his hands danced over the keys with seemingly little effort or attention. With the audience still on its feet from the first song, he rose from the piano and again walked to each section of the stage, thanking that part of the audience.
Returning to his piano he took us straight into Benny and the Jets with the same amazing energy. And again, the audience was on its feet. We had tickets on the Floor, and pretty much stayed on our feet singing and moving with the music the entire time. After almost every song he would rise from the piano, walk to the different sections of the stage, and thank the audience. Again and again he would make eye contact and point at various audience members.
For almost two and a half full hours he continued, stopping only to thank the audience, singing hit after hit after hit; Yellow Brick Road, Levon, Honky Cat, Sad Songs, Nikita, I’m Still Standing, Rocket Man, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Daniel, Candle in the Wind . . . it just goes on and on.
I don’t know how many people the Coliseum holds, I would estimate maybe 20-30 thousand, and I don’t know if you have ever felt the awesome energy of that many people all singing at once, but I can tell you this: It was one of the most amazing concerts I have ever attended.
Looking around, I saw people ranging in age from about 13 to 70. And they were all on their feet and they were all singing. The power of the emotion was so strong that during Rocket Man I felt tears begin to run down my face, and I let them flow unchecked until the song was over.
After more than two hours of songs he left the stage, going to the audience again and thanking them, taking roses from a fan, and waving. I could hear people around us saying ‘Is he coming back?” “If he comes back, what will he sing?” “What do you think h*ll sing; what’s LEFT to sing?”
In less than 5 minutes, he again took the stage to an enormous roar of collective voices signifying their approval. Then, he again settled behind his piano, and began to play….. And what did he play you might ask? What else . . .He played Your Song.
If you ever have the opportunity to see him, do it. DO IT. Without a doubt, do not miss this show. You will put it in the Top 5 Concerts of your life.