ELTON JOHN REVIEW: WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT AT THE STOOP
We had a wonderful crazy night at the Stoop in Twickenham on Saturday night, listening to Elton John belt out a selection of his best songs during part of his Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. I went with some friends and my daughter and her friend – who both spent most of the night being amazed at how many songs they actually knew!
He was on sparkling form, literally. Looking incredibly well and Liberace-esque after his intensive care experience, he pointed out how pleased he was to be here, because “at one point it was touch and go whether I’d ever be here.”
I am mildly puzzled at the choice of the Stoop that holds around 20K people – the facilities aren’t great – or certainly they didn’t have nearly enough staff to accommodate the surge in demand for alcohol just prior to going in. Huge queues and then all of a sudden Elton appeared on the dot of 7pm. It was all over before it was dark, which doesn’t massively add to the atmosphere, but then again, I suppose he is forgiven, he is 70…..
We danced, we got drenched, but only during “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” which he dedicated to George Michael so that was fairly prophetic, his two sons’ came on stage and hugged him, which was a very cute moment and he dedicated “I Want Love” to the victims of the Manchester bombing.
We danced continuously towards the back of the venue, especially to “Rocket Man”, which was a triumph and then of course, the perfect encore of “Candle In The Wind” which was unbelievably moving for anyone old enough to have witnessed him singing that song at Princess Diana’s funeral. Throughout, he strutted his stuff, with his voice sounded extremely good, as did the piano playing.