The Elton John Experience – Sioux City

Saturday nights may be alright for fighting, but this Tuesday night was right for rocking as Elton John performed live in Sioux City for the very first time. In front of a packed house at the Tyson Event Center, Elton John showed his musical prowess to the over 8000 in attendance.

“It took us 41 years, but we finally made it here to Sioux City.”

Sir Elton and his band took to the stage just after 8:00 and rocked the house for nearly three hours with many classics including Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Levon, Tiny Dancer, Philadelphia Freedom, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Daniel to Rocket Man and I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues. The midsection of the concert was dominated by his more recent music.

Sad Songs Say So Much, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, Candle in the Wind, and Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Bennie and the Jets, and The Bitch is Back led to the finale, Crocodile Rock. Elton and the band left for a few minutes until he came back to the stage, signed autographs at the front of the stage, and sat back down at the piano to play one last song. He thanked the crowd for coming to the show and said “This one’s for you,” a line from “Your Song.”

Aside from the classic hits and new songs, the most awe-inspiring moments were when he simply played his piano between songs. How anybody can be such a genius on the keys is yet to be seen, but his piano playing is second to none. He is simply amazing, and his voice still sounds great as well. Tickets weren’t exactly cheap, but everybody certainly got their money’s worth. It’s not everyday that someone gets to see a legend in the act.

I grew up listening to Elton John, so this concert really took me back to my childhood. My parents have told me stories of my four year old self listening to Elton John and singing along for hours on end. My nineteen year old self did just that last night. After meeting REO Speedwagon three days before moving to college, seeing Elton John a week before my freshman year of college wraps up is a great way to end the year.

From my seat in section 100, row H, seat 1, we had a great view of the action. Check out all my Elton John concert photos on Facebook.

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