General Info Members: Elton John plus his band members Biography: English piano player and hit machine Elton John has been on the scene for quite some time. His first album Empty Sky was released in 1969. With his decades spanning career, Elton is a household name to most.
In his five-decade career John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, fifty-eight Billboard Top 40 singles, twenty-seven Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he has had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. He has the most No. 1 hits on US Adult Contemporary Chart (16 No. 1's). His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is "the best-selling single of all time". He has received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2008, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" (third overall). (courtesy of wikipedia)
Sounds Like Genre: Piano Rock, Soft Rock Similar Artists: Artists who use the piano as a principal and driving instrument, think Billy Joel or others. Similar Bonnaroo Artists: Maybe Lionel Richie, they are both iconic and successful recording artists who play the piano.
Suggested Listening Here's a few couple of Elton albums to listen to: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player:
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (this one's a playlist, go to YouTube for the whole thing):
Wonder how Elton is in concert these days? Check this out:
And this because it's damned cool:
Physical Reaction/Live Show Expect a vibe similar to Macca last year. Lots of songs you've known your entire life being played in front of you. Expect sing-a longs to overtake the What Stage field Sunday evening. This will be a moving and memorable show for sure.
Interesting Facts John Lennon collaborated with him in 1974. Elton made a bet with John Lennon that if his song "Whatever Gets You thru the Night", which Elton played on, hit number 1, Lennon would appear at a Elton John concert. Lennon accepted. The song hit number 1 and John Lennon appeared at Elton's Thanksgiving concert in 1974 at Madison Square Gardens. It would be his last real concert appearance.
Personal Notes Elton playing Bonnaroo was something that sounded interesting at first to me, but not awesome. I have quickly become pumped for his show. This is going to be an amazing show and a highlight of my weekend. His music is great and I will admit, I watched the Lion King heavily as a child, Elton has great meaning to me. He doesn't always play the Lion King stuff, but I'm confident he'll break it out considering how young the crowd skews compared to his usual audience. To anyone reading this, can't wait to see ya on the 15th!
Rock the Bells - 2007 (Wu and Rage)
Lolla - 2008, 2009
Forecastle - 2012
Global Citizen Festival - 2012
Voodoo - 2012
Toronto Urban Roots Festival - 2013
Shakey Knees - 2013
Solid Sound - 2013
The Preatures - 6/6
Roo - 2005, 2008 - current
Jason Isbell - 7/15
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 8/24
War on Drugs - 9/15
Confession time: When I was a kid (about the time that Lennon and John were performing together in NYC), I thought that Elton John and Olivia Newton John (or Olivia Elton John, as I called her) were married. I guess that was a bit misguided.
Looking forward to this show. You only get to see legends every so often. To see them in a place you love is special.
This is going to be one of those moments where you think to yourself "Is that really Elton John? Am I really seeing Elton John in concert right now?" This is going to be incredible. Bonnaroo brings us another legend!
Post by littlegiant on Mar 16, 2014 17:14:25 GMT -5
Personally, when I saw Elton on the lineup, I was like... meh. Told my mom Elton John was going to be there and she went crazy. Asking me how much tickets were and where he was playing. She said he is one of the best live shows she has ever seen.
I proceeded to look up a few of Elton's live sets from the recent past and the forgotten past. This guy has SO much talent and he hasn't lost it after all these years. I was planning on leaving early Sunday because I thought he would just be a bit of a snooze, but he has now risen to the very top of my list. Really excited to see him live and at Bonnaroo of all places. I'm really expecting a magical show.