This was a real hard ticket to get. This show sold out at lightning speed and I almost was unable to get tickets (since our good friends at TicketMaster were not releasing all the tickets at once). Anyway, after getting a message that tickets were gone, my friend told me to try again, and like magic, tickets were available. I got tickets for my wife and two daughters.
I had seen Elton before, but this was my first time seeing Leon Russell, so I was pretty psyched.
Our seats were behind the stage, but that actually turned out to be a good thing. Both musicians had their pianos facing toward the center of the stage, so we had a great profile view of Elton and Leon was almost looking right at us. And we were close, which was nice.
Leon opened the show and played several songs of his own. Then Elton came out and kicked his set off with “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” which was the perfect opener, in my humble opinion.
Elton played a long set, during which Leon came out and the two performed together, playing songs from their collaborative album, “The Union.”
I really enjoyed taking my kids to this show. They both loved it and were thrilled to be seeing two rock and roll legends. There’s nothing like passing down a love of music to your children.
Here are the setlists from the show.
- Tight Rope
- Prince of Peace / Out in the Woods
- A Song for You
- Delta Lady
- Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms / Stranger in a Strange Land
- Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
- Philadelphia Freedom
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
- Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
- Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
- Bennie and the Jets
- I’m Still Standing
- If It Wasn’t for Bad
- Hey Ahab
- Gone to Shiloh
- Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream
- Monkey Suit
- The Best Part of the Day
- A Dream Come True
- When Love is Dying
- Hearts Have Turned to Stone
- Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
- In The Hands of Angels
- Burn Down the Mission
- Tiny Dancer
- I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
- Candle in the Wind
- Take Me to the Pilot
- Sad Songs (Say So Much)
- The Bitch Is Back
- (encore) Your Song