Review: Rocket Man soars on autopilot

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2013 - 8:36 AM

Elton John may be the most codependent star in the history of rock ’n’ roll.

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trojanhorseNov. 23, 13 8:49 AM

I was at this show, and I must say that I was blown away with how good Elton John plays and performs, even at 66. Sure, his voice isn't what it used to be. What do you expect? The guys has been touring for 40+ years. But he has masterfully tweaked his songs to maximize his current range in a way that gives some of his songs new meaning. I was expecting to be somewhat disappointed by this performance given the effects of time, but I was pleasantly surprised. The reviewer seems like he was trying to invent reasons to be disappointed with this show. This one wasn't as good as another 34 years ago when he was at/near his musical peak and still in his early 30s? Really? Great insight. This was a fantastic show for casual and hardcore fans alike. It's not surprising people were sitting for most of the show. His set ran from 8:10 until 10:45, and the average age of the crowd was at least 50. With the sight lines at the X, you don't need to stand to see everything unless you're on the floor. Overall, the show was great but the Strib review is subpar.

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madmaxNov. 23, 13 9:27 AM

lets' compare last nights show to the Northrup 1979 concert? really? I thought his voice- although deeper was much better than how he sounds on The Union and Diving Board cd's. also - he mentioned in the dedication it was to someone he had never met -- you make it sound like EJ and Eric have a history .....it was touching to say the least. I will agree that EJ does not interface well with the crowd as far as talking between songs -- I haven't missed a showed starting in 1974 and he has never had the connection with the audience --- I choose to relax and enjoy the incredible catalog of tunes he has crafted - he doesn't need a sidekick -- if I can add Davey Johnstone provides the safety net for Elton - been by his side on stage for 41 years !!

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fdrebinNov. 23, 13 9:39 AM

Gee, what's the next thoughtful review by Mr Bream, that the Rolling Stones gave better concerts in the 70s than they do now?

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ralph6767Nov. 23, 13 9:43 AM

trojanhorse said it all, it indeed sound like the author was looking for reasons not to like the show. I was there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Perhaps the main reason the majority remained seated is simply we're getting old!

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smarteepantsNov. 23, 13 9:47 AM

I guess the missed point here is that an Artist evolves as he ages. Some adapt to their maturity, some do not. Of course Elton performs differently and interprets his music differently in 2013 vs 1979. Would you want it otherwise? Imagine 66 year old trying to perform like a 30 year old. We would be embarrassed for that artist. Perhaps the reviewer is too young to experience following an artist through a long career and experience how the artist evolves and adapts to the realities of age. One can play with heart and sole without being animated or outrageous. Few artists can do what Elton has done, can do, and will do.

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alderman6770Nov. 23, 1310:14 AM

Always love the defensive comments when people don't like what they read. The person writing the piece doesn't always have an agenda, so stop crying about it. What do you want? Positive reviews for every performer out there? That's not realistic. If you liked the show, great. You didn't waste your money. Isn't that what's important?

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ginobambinoNov. 23, 1310:48 AM

This is actually a positive review by Mr. Bream, relax folks. I once called Jon after a not so positive review on Billy Joel in 1981 at the Civic Center. He was loquacious on the phone. One of the songs that night actually made it on Billy's live album.

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jerryzgodaNov. 23, 1311:20 AM

Jon Bream too young, smartteepants? Ha, that's a good one. He's been doing reviews since the Mesopotamians rattled their sistras

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2002sophieNov. 23, 13 2:41 PM

I was at the concert and thoroughly enjoyed it. As far as Jon Bream's comment about fans on the sides sitting instead of standing, before the concert started I was listening to the conversations of several people sitting behind me. They were comparing their various past surgeries; hip, knee and shoulder replacments. That could be part of the reason they weren't standing. Those fans were probably fortunate they could walk from their cars to the arena and their seats! As one person commented, we are all getting old!

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lisareneeNov. 23, 13 3:58 PM

Per others' comments, Elton John isn't the only one getting older, we as the audience are OLD and don't want to stand for 2-3 hours anymore! Ah, the fans were there to hear the artist they've admired over the years and listen to both new songs and songs that reflected a lighter, fun-loving time of days past...We don't expect--or even want perfection. Sometimes I think reviewers get so caught up in finding faults, that they forget folks LIKE the human qualities in the artists we like and/or adore!

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