There is an ol’ expression that goes like this:
The youngest, aged twelve, could not conceal her disappointment, and turned away, feeling as so many of us have felt when we discover that our idols are very ordinary men and women.
In simple speak, do not meet your heroes. You will be disappointed.
And The Elton John Farewell Tour solidifies this adage. It is not worth paying $300.00 to watch (in my humble opinion).
Of course, those already sucked into the farewell-tour vortex will say he was worth every penny. This reminds me of another expression:
Opinions are like farts and assholes – everyone has/does them, but does not mean you have to let it out.
Except for me:> That is why I blog here every day of the week.
Videos of his latest tour are leaking onto YouTube. And it is hard to watch.
Elton John is WAY past his prime. It is the same ol’ same ol’. It is like grandpa telling the same joke at Thanksgiving dinner. His vocal range is shot. He lost any spontaneity. He might even need a wheelchair. Someone… please roll this corpse off the stage and into a nursing home ASAP.
Seeing leaks of his latest tour on YouTube reminded me of watching the local Elks play at the park. The only difference was there was an annoying, HUGE video screen flashing nonsense in the background.
Elton John is the ultimate sell out – resorting to the age-old formula of that “one last chance to see your favorite musician play a live concert.” Why o’ why do people fall for this nonsense?
Heck, even his buddy Rod Stewart agrees:
To save you hundreds of dollars, I dug up one of the best Elton John live concerts for you – legally posted to YouTube. It is from his 2002 The Red Piano Tour at the The Royal Opera House in London. Elton John perfected the mixing of a rock ‘n roll band and orchestra. Watching and listening to this concert should give everyone pleasurable chills:
UPDATE: I just found out he is returning to Philly for another concert. So much for the farewell tour!