The Bitch is Back

Elton JohnSaturday, my company was lucky enough to snag tickets to Elton John’s debut concert at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Like many greats before him (think Celine Deon, people) Elton, from this moment forward, will call Caesar’s his new performing home. Although never a huge Elton Fan, I think everyone can agree that this concert is a bucket-list type of concert. Twenty years from now, I’ll be able to tell my kids that I’ve seen Sir Elton John live…and they will roll their eyes and care less just as I cared less when my mom talked wide-eyed of Janis Joplin. Like me, my kids will learn and someday appreciate.

Granted, I don’t know all of Elton’s songs, and I’m not going to pretend as though I do, but luckily his set list was one that I, and even Kevin, could move along to:

  1. The Bitch Is Back 
  2. Bennie and the Jets 
  3. Rocket Man
  4. Levon 
  5. Tiny Dancer 
  6. Your Song 
  7. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters 
  8. Better Off Dead 
  9. Indian Sunset 
  10. Blue Eyes 
  11. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 
  12. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues 
  13. Philadelphia Freedom 
  14. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me 
  15. Hey Ahab 
  16. I’m Still Standing 
  17. Crocodile Rock 
  18. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting 

And for the Encore (drum roll….) 19. Circle of Life. Kevin whispered to me about half-way through the song that he wasn’t sure if he recognized it to which I responded, “What?! You’ve never seen the Lion King?!” I bet you can guess what we did when we got home on Sunday…

I’ve never been in the Vega’s Colosseum before (Rome’s, yes) but I can easily say that this quickly became my favorite venue. The décor and architecture is gorgeous and it’s really quite intimate, not like the gigantic, crowded, a monster-truck-rally-was-featured-the-night-before, type of auditorium that I am used to. Elton couldn’t quite hit the high notes we were hoping for, but for 67, he could certainly still pull off sequins and Rocketman, and let’s face it, that’s what you’re really in it for.

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