09.30.1995 Grand Slam for Children MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
A benefit concert staged by Andre Agassi and David Foster. It actually has been running annually since this first show, despite having competition from Tiger Woods raising money for the same cause (underprivileged children) using the same pool of superstars. This first show included a stand-up and stand-out twenty minutes of comedy from Robin Williams, a show closing, barn burning set from Elton John, Wynonna, Michael Bolton (in his operatic phase), Kenny G and Oleta Adams.
Elton John’s set began with him entering at the tail-end of a “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” sing-along led by Foster. The stage was circular and revolved to move set pieces to the front. John’s piano came first back to front, and we could see John step into the backlight while singing. He stepped on to the moving stage piece to chase his piano and was almost bodily ejected into the audience as it spun around. He managed to totter his way to the piano bench, with as much dignity as one gets in this situation, and without interrupting the song. Once properly settled, he set the house on fire with a short, twenty-minute rush of hits including “Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting)” and “Bennie and the Jets.”
Kenny G, who really isn’t my style, was awesome. He started at the back end of the house and played a single note the entire length of the arena floor, and when a women in the first row loge called out his name, he beelined straight for her without missing a beat, or a note.