It Was Great!
It was great! Absolutely fantastic actually. As I mentioned in my last post, I took the rest of the day off from work on Book Three, and went to see Sir Elton John perform on his epic farewell tour–over 300 concerts around the world between 2018 and 2021. I can’t imagine how he does this, city after city, night after night, but he’s been in training for this all his life. This IS his life.
It’s about a 2 1/2 hour journey to get to the venue in Tacoma, and by the time we arrived, the rain was coming down in buckets. We, by the way, is Duncan, his girlfriend, and me. I bought tickets for us as a very special treat when they first went on sale in February. Sweet Gretapie had an overnight with her best friend, Viola, a joyous 4-year old golden retriever, and Mr Fez stayed home to guard the house. (I do really say that to him when I leave and he’s does a very good job.) We found parking near the The Tacoma Dome, put on our rain gear…oh dear, I forgot to bring mine!…and walked a few blocks to get a quick bite to eat. Everyone around us was there for one thing…to see Captain Fantastic.
Elton John has been recording hits and touring for fifty years! I first heard him when I was 16 years old and still have the LP’s I bought back then…and a turntable on which to play them. I still feel like the young girl I was back then when listening to “Your Song.” You too?
So there we stood, in the dumping rain, waiting along with everyone else for the doors to open. We found our seats. It didn’t matter that they were half way up in the bleachers. We were there with a group of fans who came together to experience a piece of our shared culture and history. How many of us have sung along to Bennie and Jets, Tiny Dancer, and Rocket Man in the car, the kitchen, the shower? The full set list is here.
An Explosion of Light
As the dome filled, the excitement was palpable. The lights dimmed, the crowed started to cheer, and there he was in an explosion of light. I posted photos AND video of the concert, including that first moment, over on my Instagram feed, and please do click on it so you can get a feel of the energy of this amazing evening. He played and sang, but also spoke about getting sober and how much that has changed his life, the importance of his family, the amazing work the Elton John Aids Foundation does, and how much we, his fans, mean to him.
Two Days Later
Today, two days later, I am basking in the glow of this incredible feel good event. When I walked with Gretapie yesterday, I was listening to his music with my ear phones, and late last night I looked to see where he was playing on the rest of the tour, and would it be possible to go and see him again. But this one amazing lifetime experience, that I am so glad to have and shared with my family, will do.
A Soundtrack for Life
Near the end of the show he sang “Your Song”, and dedicated it to all of us fans. He finished with”Good Bye Yellow Brick Road.” Thank you Sir Elton John for providing the soundtrack for so much of my life.