Friday night was the night a major star took the stage in Duluth when Elton John performed his long awaited concert. Personally, I love many genres of music and Elton's catalog is full of hits over many years. I knew I would know the songs, I just hoped Elton John would come here and knock it out of the park. He had recently been to the Royal Wedding, Madison Square Garden, etc. Would he give Duluth his "A" game? I am happy to say that Elton came into Amsoil Arena ready to give everyone a terrific show. He played nonstop for well over 2 hours and performed the hits everyone with a love of music knows. My personal highlights were 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word' (but I've loved that song since I was a little kid), Tiny Dancer, Levon and Rocket Man, which highlighted Elton's sometimes forgotten mastery of the piano. That is something that I think gets overlooked, that Elton John is first and foremost a very talented musician. I think if you are a fan of Elton John, you loved this show (unless you were stuck in lame sections of the arena who sat on their butts the entire night as if watching Yanni...really, go see a play!).
Overall, I had a great time watching the first major star at Amsoil Arena. A little bummed he didn't do 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight', but there's only so much time. Now, it is time to get some country in there! We will keep you posted. Here is an early report from Duluth News Tribune on the Elton John show;