Legendary musician Elton John showed a capacity crowd at the Xcel Energy Center Friday, November 22nd how some things really do improve with age. The iconic performer was full of life and really appeared to be enjoying the night. He looked sharp in a long blue suit coat bedazzled with the title of his fourth studio album from 1971 “Madman across the Water.” Elton John has that not-so-bad problem of simply having too much good material to pick from and got right down to business for what would be more than 2 ½ straight hours of timeless hits. With the first couple selections being epic songs like “Bennie and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind” and “Levon,” the audience knew right away they were in for a memorable night. Elton only took out time to talk before a couple songs, the most touching being a fan dedication before “Don’t Let the Sun go Down on Me.” Occasionally, he got out from behind the piano to acknowledge the crowds appreciation walking the whole stage connecting with individuals by pointing to them. The Xcel couldn’t have sounded better all night even as the set continued to grow with intensity, ending with upbeat tunes including “The Bitch is Back” and “Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting.” Perhaps the most anticipated tune “Your Song” began the encore which closed beautifully with “Crocodile Rock.”
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