Elton John - Madison Square Garden Review

May 26, 2023
David Sunnyside

One of the greatest performers in modern music, Elton John has a rich history with Madison Square Garden. He has performed there more than 70 times in his career and frequently says that it's his favorite stage on Earth to play. So, it should come as no surprise that his final show at the storied arena, recorded for this concert, is an affair to remember.

The opulent production showcases John's legendary body of work with glitzy banners and clouds of confetti, and it's clear that the singer is having fun with his role as the rock icon of the era. The few songs that deviated from his typical set list - such as a rousing cover of Leon Russell's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (which is also on the DVD) and a duet with longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin on "Border Song" - were well received by an audience that spanned generations.

Throughout the evening, John is an impeccably professional entertainer. He doesn't talk much between songs, allowing his musical talents to do the talking for him. His band is superb, including guitarist Davey Johnstone and drummer Nigel Olsson - both of whom have been with him since the 70s - as well as percussionist Ray Cooper.

Seeing Elton John live is a bucket-list experience for any true music fan. He is a one of a kind talent who only gets better with age. If you are lucky enough to catch him in your city, do it.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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