RECAP: Sir Elton John plays Hershey
From the moment his fingers hit the keys, he had us hooked.
All 10,000 of us in the sold out crowd at the Giant Center in Hershey Friday night.
Beginning at 8 p.m., Sir Elton John took us on a nearly three hour musical journey that spanned his five-decade career, including hits like "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer," as well as a couple songs from his latest album "Wonderful Crazy Night" – released in February.
And, it was a wonderful, crazy night, indeed.
Here are our top five moments from the show.
Elton John's entrance
If anyone knows how to open a show, it's Elton John. Smoke began to rise from the stage, and fans screamed as his shadow made its way to the piano during the first few notes of "Funeral for a Friend." Then, the spotlight shined on him and his shimmery black suit, and he began to perform his piano magic.
About six minutes into the song, we heard his voice for the first time. And by the time it ended, we were already 12 minutes into the show. Judging by the screams, the fans were loving it.
'The Bitch Is Back'
Sir Elton seemed to be sending a message during his second song of the evening. In between belting out the lyrics of the 1974 hard rock hit "The Bitch Is Back," he hopped up on the piano, spun around and pointed to his fans as if to say, "Elton John is in the house!"
The song was a great one to get fans fired up for what would be two hours and 40 minutes of non-stop hits, and the 69-year-old didn't miss a beat.
After "Philadelphia Freedom," a concert staple since the '70s, Elton John transitioned into the 1972 classic "Rocket Man" with a piano instrumental that lasted a good 10 minutes. It was a time to sit back – which many fans did – and just appreciate his unmistakable talent on the keys.
Elton John had several of these moments throughout the show, including a powerful instrumental in the middle of "Levon," that also showed off the abilities of his percussionists and guitarists with impressive solos.
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
High-energy is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of how to describe Elton John’s stop in Hershey. And no song had that high-energy feel like “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” – the last song Elton John performed before his two-song encore.
It was the perfect way to end the show. Colorful lights and spotlights lit up the entire arena so you could see the entire crowd of more than 10,000 people on their feet, dancing and clapping along.
You could tell Sir Elton and his band were having a blast with this one, running around the stage, filming the crowd and strumming the guitarist's leg to the beat.
Elton got the crowd involved, chanting "Saturday, Saturday, Saturday night's alright" to end the song.
Then, in a flash, he was gone.
It didn't take him long to return though. Just a few minutes later, he was back on the stage signing autographs for fans in the front row.
Sir Elton slowed things down with "Candle in the Wind" – a song he performed solo under the glow of thousands of cell phones – before switching gears to everyone's favorite "Crocodile Rock."
The Giant Center turned into a giant dance party for fans during his final song.
"La lalalala la lalalala best concert ever!" one fan sang on her way to her car after the show.
We have to say, we agree.
Here's a look at Friday's set list:
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
The Bitch is Back
Bennie and the Jets
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Looking Up (from "Wonderful Crazy Night")
A Good Heart (from "Wonderful Crazy NIght")
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Have Mercy on the Criminal
Burn Down The Mission
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me
All The Young Girls Love Alice
I'm Still Standing
Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Candle in the Wind