Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Elton John in Concert

I went to the Elton John concert and I bumped into none other than Batman himself. I am sure Tom probably enjoyed this as much as I did.

It was a great night of music and fun for everyone involved. I was impressed that Elton played for about 2 1/2 hours without a break.

I was hoping that he would play Funeral for a Friend. One of my favorite songs. As it turned out that was the very first song of his set. That made my day.

The crowd was great and full of energy. The atmosphere was great. During Crocodile Rock everyone sang the chorus. I am glad we had a chance to pull in this performance.


Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

How full was the audience? For a Moms Weekend, in particular one with the likes of Elton John performing, there just doesn't seem to be as much traffic as I remember.

April E. Coggins said...

I really have to hand it to the Beasley Coliseum crew. They had the Arts and Crafts Fair, then Elton John, the WSU plant sale today and another Elton John concert tonight.

I've noticed that fewer Mom's are downtown during Mother's Weekend for the past few years. I attribute that to more activities on campus and more shopping in Moscow. It's going to be more and more like that as WSU builds up their retail development, there will be fewer reasons for students to come downtown. That is until we can get our Wal-Mart, which would act as a magnet to get students downtown.

Gregg said...

Any political statements from Sir Elton John? Maybe something about how misogynous of a country we are?

Scotty said...

It was packed! As I worked my way around the asile way checking the crowd I didn't see a single empty seat.

It was loud! Tons of people screaming and cheering.

Tonight's may have some empty seats because it wasn't sold out, unless it did recently. But I would guess it would be few and far between.

Tom Forbes said...

Yes, Vicki Vale and I attended last night's concert.

Scotty's right. Beasley was packed to the rafters. I ought to know. We were up in the nose-bleed section (but at least it was center stage.) Many people that were there were from out of town. We sat in front of a group from Northern California.

And the crowd was loud and raucous. Sir Elton had surgery on his vocal chords some years back and can't hit those high notes like he used to. So the crowd helped him out of the falsetto "yahhhhhhh-yah-yah-yah-yah" chorus of "Crocodile Rock." It had to be one of the biggest events to ever hit Pullman.

Being a child of the Seventies, Elton played just about all my faves, except for "Someone Saved My Life Tonight." Like Scotty, "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" is one of my top songs (I played air piano while listening to it many times as a kid) and I was excited he started the show with it.

I also saw CR Chris Del Beccaro walking to the concert with his Mom. Maybe Chris can check in with a report of his own.

Scotty said...

It was very apolitical. In fact at one point near the end he said "I love this Country".

Tom Forbes said...

Ditto. Elton was extremely gracious, towards his fans, Pullman, and the United States.

Heck, I figure I'm even doing my part for Rush's Operation Chaos. Elton is a big Hillary supporter. Hopefully a little of my admission price will find its way to HRC's campaign coffers and keep the Democratic battle royale going to the convention.

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Amazing. Someone must have finally figured out traffic management then, because what I saw going past my house last night was negligible. I was worried about how hard it would be to navigate Pullman this weekend since I'm running back and forth on my final packing errands before taking off for Walla Walla, but this has been a breeze!

Oh yeah, that said - Tuesday morning I go wheels up. The next time I check in, I'll be in wine country!

April E. Coggins said...

We went to Sunday night's show and it was identical to Saturday's show. It had to be very close to a sell out. I saw a lot of local Pullmanites and unknowingly had seats next to friend. Behind us was a couple from British Columbia and a woman from Missoula. I had to laugh, we complain when we have to walk two blocks from our parked car and these people drove several hours to get to the same concert. We are very fortunate to live in Pullman.