So...last night at the Los Angeles Staples Center we saw his Farewell Yellow Brick Road - Goodbye- tour. Jeannie had bought us tickets a YEAR (literally) ago the moment they were on sale. And they were FANTASTIC tickets it turns out!
Here's Jeannie before the show as we were waiting in line for her to buy a hat (for her to wear on vacation at "the lake", the only time she wears a hat). This was the logo of this final tour.
I considered buying a tour T-shirt, but I think I'm out of that NEED A SHIRT from every concert I go to phase (tho I haven't been to a concert in like 25 years or more now). The T shirts were $45 to $50 each, and I have a ton of T shirts that I already don't wear. But I stood in line for moral support. As soon as we got her the hat we headed for our seats.
The show was slated to start at 8pm, but no concert in the history of concerts has ever started on time (as far as I know)...but EJ was pretty close...at quarter past 8 he was walking out on stage...alone. His first song: Bennie and the Jets! The rest of the band soon joined in as he started hammering away on the keys as only he can do. And I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised at how good his voice still is. I was honestly expecting something less than his A game, as he is getting up there in age (I was told he's 71 now!). But its apparent that EJ knows its best to go out on top, and that he is.
Our seats were in Row 7 on the right side of the stage. However, when we sat down (only SEVEN ROWS FROM THE STAGE!) we noticed that his grand piano was sitting sideways, facing us! OMG! He was so close that I could hit him with a rock (if I were inclined to spend the next year in jail). These are the best seats Ive ever had AT ANY SHOW, and I cant think of a better show to have them!
As to my general thoughts on the show, here it is in a single short and sweet thought:
Not that I want to or anything, but of all the concerts Ive been to in my life, this one was the top of the heap, the creme de la creme. The ONE that wont be topped. I hadn't really expected that, but very soon in the sold out final LA show (he played 4 nights here) it became quite obvious.
Here are a few shots (OK, a BUNCH of shots) I took with my lame phone (and consider that my lame camera on my lame tracfone makes things look further away than they actually are).
I will try not to bore you too much, but I did take 115 pictures, hoping that a FEW came out clear. Here are a few of my plethora of shots: