Elton John’s Red Piano: The Review

Red Piano. Yay. I’ve wanted to see Elton’s Red Piano show since it opened but Elton never checked his schedule with mine and every chance I ever had to be in Vegas, Elton was elsewhere. I usually missed him by just a few days. Finally, courtesy of Greg and Gaby, we had tickets for the show last night. The seats were okay from a distance issue but not so much from an angle perspective.

So the set list was fantastic.

  • Bennie And The Jets
  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • Believe
  • Daniel
  • Rocket Man
  • I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  • I Want Love
  • Candle In The Wind
  • Pinball Wizard
  • The Bitch Is Back
  • I’m Still Standing
  • Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
  • Your Song

I believe that’s the entire set list. I cannot promise I’ve got it perfect. It’s Vegas and, well, there are distractions. He played “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” in there somewhere too but I don’t remember where. He also did “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” — added this in the post after Johnny B mentioned it.

The set itself had lots of neon which comes on and off including some more adult themed stuff including a sign that says “Cocktail” where only on syllable is illuminated at a time. There are also the large inflatable advertising type balloons. There are legs, boobies (the biggest pair of boobies that you’ve ever seen which, later in the show, lactate over the audience), and bananas and cherries in a very suggestive layout.

There are signs warning concertgoers that this is an adult show that includes full frontal nudity. There is an enormous video screen — even by Vegas standards. There are all sorts of random images and some of them include lots of naked ladies, though it’s pretty artistic and I can’t imagine anyone actually being offended by it. Some of it is, though, decidedly weird. Then again, it IS Elton….

There were also clips from various videos including the famous one of Justin Timberlake as Elton John. It also features Pamela Anderson, Pee-Wee Herman, That was filmed for “This Train Don’t Stop Here” but it was sent to a different song.

Elton talks to the audience and seems to be having fun. Most of the show is light on bass and heavy on treble until the encore bit at the end where it reverses. Elton’s voice is good but not great but maybe it was an off night. But he threw himself into it and it was just a really enjoyable show.

I have decided, for now, not to get the tattoo I previously mentioned. Or more accurately to wait until next summer. If I still want it then, I’ll get it. I figure since it’s a permanent decision I ought to make sure it’s just not some sort of mid-life crisis.

I am watching election returns on CNN as I sit here typing. Or videos of bazillion of people in line really. VOTE FOR OBAMA!

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