REVIEW By HANNAH TURNER
Sir Elton John’s final Queensland show was a personal, creative and faultless musical experience.
The stars were clearly aligned as every detail of the event was executed perfectly, with even the weather playing along in providing perfect dry and warm conditions.
The concert was part of his much anticipated Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which has so far had more than 170 shows worldwide. Despite some health issues affecting shows in New Zealand, Sir Elton appeared in good health while on the Coast’s stage. His vocal performance remained uncompromised and was inspirational.
The crowd was a sea of sparkly outfits, feathers, flashing lights, sequins and glitter. With loving fans in awe of the great man, who seemed to feed off their overwhelming love and support. Sir Elton himself had three extravagant costume changes, all designed by Gucci.
Sir Elton also used the spotlight to celebrate his 50-plus years of friendship and collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Theirs is widely regarded as one of the greatest song writing partnerships of all time.
He also took the time to note that even having performed with some of the greatest bands throughout his career, his current ensemble was his finest. Having listened to the collective talent, it’s hard to disagree. In particular, percussionist Ray Cooper shone in his performance and had spectacular audience interaction.
The show incorporated video footage behind the musicians that emphasised the meanings of his iconic songs. The final sequence provided footage of Elton’s achievements and memorable moments across his extensive musical career. After an encore of a rousing rendition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton’s avatar walked off into the distance down a yellow pathway depicting the next phase of his life’s journey.
The concert was a rare glimpse into Sir Elton’s life and was an intimate yet spectacular experience. As to be expected, some of his greatest hits won huge crowd interactions, in particular Rocket Man and Crocodile Rock.
The event was lauded as a welcome boost to local tourism, and the public transport, stadium parking and safety-based road closures were all well organised. A major downside was the price of merchandise: a single jacket to commemorate the concert would set you back a startling $150.
Sir Elton closed with the promise that he will still make music but won’t tour, instead opting to spend time with his family.
It was a truly emotional send off for such a well-respected musician.