02.14.1998 Elton John MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
The majority of Elton John’s set focused on The One and Made in England even though he was technically on tour to promote his newest album The Big Picture. Mercifully, he ignored all but the two singles from Picture which was a terrible jumble of bad Elton John gospel. My personal favorite his contemporary albums was “The One” and I was supremely joyful that he opened the show with the familiar train whistle of “Simple Life.” He mixed in enough of his older tunes to satisfy his older crowd and prefaced “Believe” as his favorite tune.
If you are inclined to wrinkle your nose at the thought of an Elton John concert, the only advice I can offer is that his finger work is supreme. Watch his fingers fly across the piano keys is akin to me as walking through an art exhibit. There is so much to look at and take in, and it absolutely breathtaking. I wouldn’t rush to see him again, but I also wouldn’t run the other direction.