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Rocket man returns

Thursday, 22nd June, 2017 10:20am

Elton John brought the next leg of his Wonderful Crazy Night tour to the Marquee this week, in what was his fourth appearance at the big top venue. It’s always a privilege when an act of this stature comes our way, but to keep returning is surely a tip of the hat in Cork's direction.
 
Arriving on stage at 8pm on the button, opening with The Bitch is Back, Elton set the tone for the next two hours of what can only be described as a musical masterclass. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues and Philadelphia Freedom came next, followed by a few tracks from his new album, Looking Up.
 
A pretty sombre moment then, when he dedicated I Want Love to victims of the recent events in the UK.
"We live in a funny world, I pray for a better place for our children to grow up in," Elton said, it was a fitting tribute.
 
He rose from the piano stool throughout the gig, pointing to the crowd, and moving from one side of the stage to the other getting the reactions only a showman could, yet somehow without looking like a showman.
Your Song, Tiny Dancer and many more classics came before he moved on to his hit Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me with George Michael appearing on the large screen.
 
Seeing the night out with Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing and Candle In The Wind, you can’t help but think everybody left the Marquee looking forward to what will hopefully be his fifth trip to the Marina.

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